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Anna Lai-yin QIN is an Assistant Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. She was trainned with practical, technical and theoretical skillsets in Product Design at Central Saint Martins (UAL), she enjoyed the serendipity from design projects. With 15+ years experience in design consultancy, manufacturing, enterprise, and third sectors, she  worked with various teams in Europe, China and Hong Kong.

Anna's early work belongs to the medical field, where she applied human-centred design to hospital equipment, medicine processors and portable/domestic healthcare devices. These projects led her to pursue knowledge in the biomedical engineering field at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she received her MPhil in BME. Combining design and engineering, she further define her visions in various innovation projects such as the astronauts’ landing chair, an exoskeleton and smart insoles for rehabilitation, intelligent homes, and UX for fintech start-ups. She experienced entrepreneurship between 2014–16 by being the runners-up in the Hong Kong and National Challenge Cups; with the support from HKSTP’s incubation programmes, they were able to bring some of the patented prototypes to market.

Research Interests

  • Commercial product & services solutions design
  • Human-centered design (HCD) / Ergonomics
  • Industrial manufacturing processes
  • New materials
  • UX & UI
  • Branding & marketing
  • Culture & Craftsmanship
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social innovation
  • Sustainable Design Thinking
  • Design for Wellbeing

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
  • Craftsmanship
  • Materials
  • Sustainable Design Thinking
  • TS Manufactures
  • Industrial Design
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • NC Drawing Design Illustration
  • CAD


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