Hong Ying Guo

Class of 2015

Industrial Designer at McKinsey & Company’s LUNAR Design Group



Hong Ying is an Industrial Designer with McKinsey & Company’s LUNAR Design group in Chicago. Prior to joining LUNAR, he worked for Biolite, a Brooklyn-based social enterprise that runs parallel innovations in Outdoor Recreation and Emerging markets, GE Appliances in Louisville, KY and Johnson & Johnson, DePuy Synthes-Sports Medicine in Great Boston area. With has been diversity of experiences, his expertise is established with an emphasis on consumer insight, user-centric product development and holistic visions for design strategy. He is interested in exploring a variety of design topics related to innovative technology and also passionate about sustainable and social impact design challenges as he believes design also serves the purpose to improve our environment and help the people in need most.
Hong Ying has won several awards including Red Dot, A’ Design, Spark and Core77 Design Award. He also as one of design leads, participated in a successful funded project on Kickstarter with Biolite. A native of Taiwan, Hong Ying completed his Bachelor degree in Fine Arts in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and acquired his Master degree in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and he also took a Scandinavian Furniture Design program in Copenhagen, where the chair he designed was selected to exhibit in ICFF (Internal Contemporary Furniture Fair) in New York City.


Biolite NanoGrid II: BaseLantern

Bluetooth Lantern & Power Hub (1089% funded on Kickstarter).  Meet the world’s first flatpack lantern that combines breakthrough edge-lighting with Bluetooth connectivity to bring you a portable lighting solution that doubles as your own miniature smartgrid. No bigger than a sandwich, the BaseLantern can light large group settings, charge phones and other devices, and offer real time battery feedback so you get the most from your off-grid energy.  Your phone is one of the best remote controls out there, so we built a custom Low Energy Bluetooth app that connects with your BaseLantern and transforms it into your own miniature smartgrid.


Biolite NanoGrid II: Solar Panel 5+

Designed to Maximize Your Charge (Winner of Red Dot Award) . Get the most from the sun with the lightweight & portable BioLite SolarPanel 5+. Featuring BioLite’s Optimal Sun System, an integrated sundial aligns you to the sun to capture direct rays while a 360-degree kickstand simplifies positioning on uneven terrain. The 2200mAh onboard battery stores energy for later, allowing you to charge devices when you need it most. Power phones, tablets, and BioLite gear with this ultra slim 5-Watt panel.