"imperfect design" Thesis Project

  • Pratt Institute should be one of the front runners in design education in US, but sometimes I am disappointed by seeing most students' works are using same font, layout, style to represent the different topics. Just like Helvetica isn't the cure for everything, modernism isn't for everyone, I think maybe we should take a step back, and ask ourselves "why?" more often. 
    在现今的设计界中,人们过于关注形势,风格,技巧,以至于在很多设计师的理解中,设计只是素材的堆砌。即使是在有名的设计学院的作品展上,你也可以发现很多人用同样的字体,排版,风格去表现不同的设计诉求。而我认为设计并没有万灵药,也许我们应该退后一步多问问自己,为什么要这样设计。
  • Topic
    In contast of modernism's perfection, traditional eastern culture values imperfection.
    Why? And what could this traditional value bring us in the modern context?
    西方设计崇尚现代主义,现代主义崇尚完美,而传统东方审美独尊不完美。
    为了探究为什么会有这样的差别,以及这种不完美的审美会给我们现在的设计带来什么?
     
    Wabi-Sabi(侘寂)
    Wabi-Sabi, my main study subject, 
    as the core value in eastern culture, has 3 qualities:
    imperfection
    celebration of being imperfect
    incompleteness
    gesture of welcoming
    impermanence
    appreciation the beauty of time
    侘寂包含了三个重要元素,
    不完美(尊重不完美的存在)
    不完整(不圆满才能容纳更多)
    不永恒(时间在设计中的魅力)
     
    Process Experiments:
    A survey to find out people’s preferences.
    An interview with a psychologist to find out the 
    importance of being imperfect in human interactions.
    实验项目:
    受众调查,找出人们的需求和喜好
    心理学家专访,找出背后的心理层面原因
  • 1, Thesis Concept Poster
    The progression of cubical modernism shape to Japanese classic cherry-blossom shape.
    论文理念海报
    从现代主义的方形到传统日本的樱花飘落意象的变化过程。
  • Thesis Book and Sample Pages
    The whole book is hand-written. I consider my thesis book as an important part of my
    design, not only to tell my ideas but also to show it more directly.
    When you hold this book in your hands, if you could feel something or anything else, then this design works.
    Imperfect hand-written book could bring another layer to interaction.
    This book costs me 30 hours of handwriting, but it's worth it. And I'm so pround I did this.
    论文书
    这本书的每一个字由手写而成。花了我30多个小时。这本书不仅仅内容上诉说我的论文想法,手写的设计也是作为毕设的重要的一部分存在的,因为它能更直观的让受众感受到我要传达的意思。
    相对于机打的印刷文字,手写的笔迹是有温度的,当你翻看这本书的时候,只要你体会到了任何一丝其他的感觉,这个设计就成功了,因为它证明了这样的不完美是可以多表达一层感情的。
    我很自豪我这样为难过自己。
  • Extended Project EMME:
    A Speculative design in near future. If there's a service "EMME", which can track and store all your emotions, stories, preferences and decisions, this personal big data can grow big with you from young to old. And by taking the advantages of this big data, I can create another “me” which is the same imperfect as myself. Another me will exist in a parallel digital world, so you can talk to "yourself" at any point on the timeline, from the past to future. Find the answers to these questions like:
    Why did I marry him?
    How do i end up like this?
    What was I thinking?
    What would I be in two years?
    etc.
    Find out more about yourself.
     
    衍生设计产品”EMME“
    这是一个基于未来的实验性设计,叫做”EMME“,它是一种基于云端的服务,可以跟踪记录你所有的情绪,选择,喜好和故事。将这所有的数据都转为大数据,再利用这些大数据创造出平行世界上的另一个”我“。这样我就可以和我自己对话,甚至和过去的自己,未来的自己对话。我想我们都会有很多问题想要去问自己,这样我们才能更好了解自己,或是提醒自己不忘初心。
  • "EMME" Promo Video
    All the shots are taken and edited by myself.
    EMME推广视频
    独立拍摄剪辑
  • EMME Promo Poster
    Alright, that guy on the poster is me. I split the picture into half, reality and digital.There's a timeline on the background, they are the things I want to ask myself from those years.
    EMME推广海报
    我把自己放在了海报上,并把画面切分成了两部分,数码和现实。背景上是时间轴和我想对那个时候的自己说的话。