Zihan Zhou = Industrial Designer + New Media Artist + 1 of the 7.7 billion humans

Zihan is a designer & student who despises unsustainable practices and technological restrictions. He believes in the necessity of diversity in our built environment, the possibility of new technologies and the beauty of the enlightening experience which design brings to people. He designs for the space between human and human, human and objects, objects and objects utilizing industrial design and digital media art as medias. 


2018 - 2020

Rhode Island School of Design

Master of Industrial Design


Art Center College of Design

Graduate ID (Attended)


Rhode Island School of Design

Summer Study Program

2013 - 2017

Zhejiang University

Industrial Design, Bachelor of Engineering



Teaching Assistant

Rhode Island School of Design (USA)

Sep 2019 - Dec 2019

Teaching assistant for Justin Sirotin's Manufacturing Techniques in Industrial Design Department.

Design Intern

Better Future Factory (NL)

Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

*Chief designer for a project which transformed old plastic folders into an installation for the new office building of Onderlinge's-Gravenhage. Responsibilities included ideation presentation, 3d modelling, material research, structure design, production and installation.
*Conducted research on market overview, developed user persona and propositions for packaging design for Erno Laszlo.
*Participated in product production for HEMA and another inhouse project.
*Client Experience: Onderlinge's-Gravenhage, Erno Laszlo, HEMA.


Graduate Research Assistant

Rhode Island School of Design (USA)

Oct 2018 - May 2019

Experimented with a fungal bioplastic material which is biodegradable and can dissolve in salt water. Explored with different applications for this unique material under the instruction of Peter Yeadon.

Product Design Intern

Bentu Design (CHN)

May 2018 - Aug 2018

*Participated in design & research of several home products made of concrete, including lighting fixtures and wall tiles. The lighting fixtures will be lauched on the market in late 2019.
*Responsibilities included sketching, 3D modeling, rendering, mold design, prototyping and cooperating with suppliers.


Furniture Design Intern

oodbee Studio (CHN)

Maty 2017 - Jun 2017

*Participated in designing wooden furnitures for a new product line which was launched in late 2017.
*Responsibilities included sketching, 3D modeling, design development and cooperating with manufacturers.





Reframing the Poster, RISD GD Commons

ID Graduate Studio Show, RISD Prov Wash




RISD Graduate Fellowship, MID Department Award

ACCD Graduate Fellowship, Graduate ID Department Award