Rising to the Challenge

Education, Pandemic and (Virtual) Skills Transfer


  • Scott Chin Hong Kong Polytechnic University





online teaching, design education, studio subject, in-situ training, pandemic design


With the widening scope of design, the importance of the design studio has concomitantly responded by transforming its own character to become inclusive of the educational domains of history, professional practices, theories, technical, and material studies. The absorption of such domains, part-and-parcel of the studio setting, has irrevocably highlighted the importance of education within the container of the studio or rather ‘in-situ’ education. However, with the volatility of external factors, the challenges posed to design education are multiple. Especially in light of the rise of a global pandemic, educators globally have had to implement crisis strategies in response. This short visual essay outlines the obstacles of online teaching; moving from resistance to embracing the tools and features that online education provides. Sharing the gained experiences, starting at the rise of the pandemic, the text engages seven key points of interest, while practically demonstrating responses in the product design setting.

How to Cite

Chin, S. (2021). Rising to the Challenge: Education, Pandemic and (Virtual) Skills Transfer. Cubic Journal, 4(4), 70–79. https://doi.org/10.31182/cubic.2021.4.039



Author Biography

Scott Chin, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Scott Chin is an industrial designer and educator. He is a teaching fellow in product design of the School of Design, at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a position he has held since 2017. He holds an AOCA diploma from Ontario College of Art and Design, majoring in industrial design, with a master degree in design practices from the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His design education experience, spanning more than 25 years, includes teaching at the Ontario College of Art and Design and Georgian College (Canada), Kyoungil University (Korea) and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In practice, he has led and implemented numerous projects, ranging between the design and development of sports equipment to consumer electronics. His mentoring of student projects has led to numerous awards, with the most recent student project receiving the James Dyson National Award 2020.