NO:1 Sensory Transition
The five senses are sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste. Among them, the visual sense is the most widely used in communication design. However, for people who are blind, designers are challenged to communicate visual information. This project is to make a sound and video recording of a blindfolded person cooking a meal. The poster depicts this process using colour, photograph is and a timeline of events.
NO:2 Tool Poster
The tool poster is an abstract poster that contains the story behind the iron (the tool we chose before) and the way people dressed around 1960s and 1970s in China.
NO:3 3D Visualization
A Chinese singer, Faye Wang, sings both of them. Faye Wang has a great talent in singing and I also like her voice. The data of the 3d poster contains the number of concerts Faye Wang held, and the locations of her concerts.
NO:4 Emotion Translation
This project is about translating the emotions of my favorite song to a graphic; the first song I pick is To Adolescence.
NO5: Cradle-to-Cradle Firefly Lamp
I learned Planned Obsolescence and when we need to design a Cradle-to-Cradle product. I searched the light bulb Planned Obsolescence issue and designed a firefly lamp for that. The lamp can be taken out as a flashlight. The bottom part is the heaviest part to keep the lamp balanced on a flat surface.
NO6: Water Thermometer
I find that people are easily scalded by hot water while they test the temperature of the water by their hand before washing their hands or taking a shower. The water thermometer is designed to visualize the temperature of the water by changing colors. Before attaching to the tap, it is transparent. When the running water is cold, the color turns to blue; when the water is warm (ready to use, normally 40°C), the band turns to yellow; when the water is too hot, the color turns to red, which is also a warning sign shows that people should adjust the water temperature.
NO7: The Kiosk Project
This project is one of the cooperative programs that is done by NSCAD University design students and Dalhousie University architecture students. It is called Freelab and normally takes two weeks to finish. Led by Joshua Collin, an instructor from Dalhousie, Dongfan Miao and I, with eight other Dalhousie students, start to do this kiosk project.
After five days of analyzing, sketching, discussing and modeling, we finish designing the kiosk. On the sixth day, we separate into two groups; Group A is responsible to clean the area where the kiosk will be located. The group I am in, Group B, is responsible for obtaining materials. We buy wood and we actually go far away from the city to cut little trees. It is not an easy job for a girl like me who is always sitting in front of the computer. On the other hand, I enjoy that time, even if I am almost eaten alive by mosquitoes and killed by the heat. Building a structure is a cool thing for me and I have never done it before. I didn’t imagine how gorgeous our kiosk design would be, because I think process and experience is the most important thing, but I really like how the kiosk turned out. I feel grateful about what we did.
NO8: SOS Emergency Machine
The design below is a GPS wearable computing device and an alarm machine. GPS and GSM technology is used in these products. The wearable computing device has six functions: timing, alarming, positioning, mobile communicating, and flashing. It can save rescue time by sending SOS signals to the nearest alarm system and the security office. A person in distress can talk with people about his/her situation by using this device. The machine products the alarm, and reports to the security office. Also it contains a life ring and a life jacket, stored inside. The portable device will activate from the pressure of water when someone falls in, and it will trigger the alarm automatically. There is an inner GPS in the device, and the GPS will text the specific location of the person in the water while sending the information to the nearest fixed alarm system.
There can be many automatic alarm systems along the waterfront, and each device would cover a certain district. When the alarm system receives a signal from the portable device, accurate information will appear on the screen, and at the same time, all the lifesaving articles would be pushed out from the back door of this device to the water. The lifesaving system we designed is aimed at making tourists feel more comfortable while they are enjoying the waterfront. I learned a lot through this project, especially the design research part. I know better how to do research through this project, which will be very helpful in future design projects.
NO9: Visualizing ECHO Fashion
The key result from the design concepts analysis was an understanding of the need to systemize the Echo service. According to the survey, 73% of people were interested in repurposing their old clothes. Echo provides four kinds of services: bespoke clothing, clothing updating workshops, dyeing, and embroidery, allowing consumers to repurpose their old clothing. Dyeing and embroidery are two main approaches to repurposing old clothing.
When consumers have an emotional attachment to their clothing, they may wear it more often or feel reluctant to throw it away. The bespoke service in Echo is an opportunity to add emotional attachment to consumers’ clothes. Through this aspect of the service, customers could become involved in the clothes-making process. They would be able to communicate with each worker who contributes to making their clothes. Fashion designers from Echo would help to choose clothes or designs if requested by the customer, design clothes that would be tailor-made. Echo offers a one-year free warranty to encourage consumers to repair their old clothing instead of throwing away or buying more than they actually need.
Update Workshop, Dyeing, and Embroidery
In 2007, Americans dumped over 100 million tons of waste into landfills. Landfills often take up large amounts of space and cause a variety of pollution problems. Recycling is helpful in reducing the waste and landfill (Grabianowski, 2007). The update workshops aim to extend clothing’s life through the remaking of articles or the addition of fabrics and accessories. Also, old clothing can be repurposed through dyeing. Natural, eco-friendly chemical, and Chinese traditional dye (batik, tie-dye) services are provided through Echo. Additionally, embroidery is another technique to add value to old clothing. Customers can bring patterns that they want to embroiderer, choosing (in this example, Chinese) traditional embroidery patterns provided by Echo. Finally, by cutting out or remaking some parts of clothing or adding decorations a completely new look can be achieved.
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