Vancouver Biennale’s Open Air Museum

I like the A-maze-ing Laughter. it is installed beside the beach where people go there and relax. Moreover, this installation is at the intersection of beach, stores, and restaurants, so many people pass by. It provides people more fun and entertainment. It has 14 figures, and each of them has different pose and look, so people imitate their poses and take pictures. I think this installation is successful because of their funny poses and looks, which get people’s attentions, and all the people can engage with these figures.

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Love Your Beans is installed at Charleston Park, which is along the creek. It has three giant beans with different colours, so they make this park more colourful. They also provide fun for children. Children are usually exciting when they see three giant stuff on an empty ground; furthermore, they have different colours, and they are shiny.  These characteristics get people’s attentions immediately. Although children don’t know what is it, they climb and play around them. It might be successful for children but not for adults. Adults might just take a photo and leave, and they are a bit too high for some children. Therefore, they can lower the height of the beans and install more beans which have different colours and sizes around the previous three.

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Images : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-maze-ing_Laughter

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An Exhibit in Science World

On October 24, our class went to Science World. It’s a place, where provides knowledge, fun, theory, global issues, and creativity for people, especially for children.

It’s a water exhibit; the scale is around 6X2 feet. This exhibit contains software and hardware. The material are metal, plastic or acrylic.

This exhibit has an interactive platform. People choose four foods they like, and the machine calculates how much water do these four food need to be produced. The bathtubs will filled up with water, so people can see how much water is used. Therefore, more bathtubs are filled up more water is used. I think the target market is children, but if their parents are accompanying with them, they will be surprised at the result as well. One good thing is children have to operate the machine and read the words in order to see the result, so they might get some information form this exhibit, and it’s interesting to see the bathtubs fill up one by one.

For children, I don’t think they realize what message it’s delivering, but I think adults will be impressed by the result. For example, when I was operating the machine, I was surprised that four foods consume several bathtubs’ water. Therefore, parents can teach their children not to waste food and try to save water. It’s successful for adults but not actually for children.

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Inspiration of “The City”

Our inspiration is from rain, light, mood, and water.

Vancouver rains a lot, so I was thinking that this city needs more colours and lights. The first concept is the lights change colours depend on the strength the rain drops. The second concept is there is a wall; the lights change colours when people’s moods change. The third concepts is there would be plastic ducks inside a bathtub, and people pump the water to fill it up. Every time people reach one of the ducks is one point.

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Here are our concept maps.

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Reflection of The Hidden Dimension

When I was reading this chapter, I found an interesting section, which calls “HIDDEN ZONES IN AMERICAN OFFICES”. It says that ” like many people, she had a habit of pushing herself away from her desk and leaning back in her chair to stretch her arms, legs, and spine.” I often do the same action as the female in the reading when I’m working on the desk for a long time, especially when I’m working on the computer. I feel that I’m blunt, and my muscle is atrophying. If I don’t stretch my muscle immediately, I’m afraid I’ll be like that forever! Moreover, I totally agree the description, three hidden zones, which exactly describes the scene in the offices. It happens not only in American offices, but it also happens in Asian offices. I have seen many offices like that; the companies want to make the space efficiently and save the rental, so the officers usually have a small space for each of them. For example the Japanese office and Chinese office.

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In this section, it also mentions that “what you can do in it determines how you experience a given space”, and it gave an example about the height of a ceiling. The feelings for low and high ceiling are totally different. A low ceiling let me feel pressurized and unrelaxed, and I also feel that there is no enough air to breath. A high ceiling provides me more space to slow down my brain and relax.

Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fcad/6281445958/

http://gbtimes.com/life/office-culture-and-business-etiquette-survival-guide

Citation: Hall, Edward T. The Hidden Dimension. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1966. Print.

Final Design of Project 1

After the second round of discussion with class, I changed my fruit back to lemon because Iemon has more aspects to extend than peach, so I made the third round sketches. This is a series of cushion.

I kept the previous idea for the first cushion. It is a non-slippery cushion. It has grains on both surfaces in order to add friction, and the fabric is waterproof, just like the peel of lemon. The ideal materials are plastic, silicone, and polyurethane foam.There are seldom functional cushions for children and seniors on the market, so I want to design a cushion which is beneficial to them. The main feature of this cushion is it adds friction between chairs or sofas and people.

The target market is children who are from 8 months to 7 years old and the seniors. Children learn sitting from around 8 months, and their spines have three natural curves to support their bodies as adults when they are around 7 years old. According to a statistic, the muscle strength reduces 20% to 30% between 60 to 90 years old people; therefore, seniors’ legs do not have enough strength to support their bodies. Some of them slip from the back of the sofa to the front, and it might cause physical injuries if they fall.

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My second idea is a huge lemon cushion. It has the similar structure as lemon. This huge cushion is consisted of several pieces of cushion; their combination holds the shape of this huge cushion. The materials will be made by cotton and polyurethane foam as well. This cushion can also be a decoration.

My target audience is Japanese restaurants. It is their traditional culture; in the past, Japanese houses were usually low; they didn’t have beds, so they slept on the floor, and they set on the floor as well because they didn’t have chairs either. A statistic shows that in metro Vancouver, there are more than 600 Japanese restaurants; therefore, it is a big market. The lemon cushion has different sizes; if people have a family reunion, they fit for both children and adults. Moreover, the lemon cushion is also a corner decoration.

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My third idea is a foldable cushion. It has a case which has a cushion inside. People zip the case and unfold the cushion which has a special mouth, and people turn the mouth to get the air into the cushion automatically. If people want to put the cushion back to the case, they press the air out of the cushion and fold it in half 3 times, and they can take it away with them. The materials will be PVC, high density sponge, and plastic. This fordable cushion is bright yellow because yellow symbolizes vitality and power.

The target audience will be people who like outdoor activities, especially for a group of people. It’s light and easy to carry, and it’s waterproof, so people do not need to worry if it rains or the ground is wet.

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The process of experiment. I used a non-slippery pad and a waterproof fabric; both of them are plastic. I wanted to see what is the best way to stick two materials together.

Way 1: Ironing two materials to stick them together, but the pad became flat and slippery

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Way 2: Using hot glue, but wasn’t sustainable

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Way 3: Using hot glue on the surface of non-slippery pad; the hot glue was too rigid after dry

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Way 4: Using rubber sealant, but wasn’t sustainable

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Way 5: Using contact cement, it stuck two materials very well

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Way 6: Using rubber cement; the stickiness between two materials were okay

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Way 7: Putting rubber cement on the fabric and rubber sealant on the rubber cement; unsustainable

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Final prototype: I put contact cement on the fabric. Waiting until the cement almost dry, I stuck two materials together and sewed the shape of the cushion. Then, I put the polyurethane foam inside the cushion and closed the edge.

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Project 1 Concepts

After the discussion of last week, I changed my designs, and I changed the fruit as well. In order to design a series of pillow, I chose peach to extend my designs. This is the second round of my ideas and sketches.

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The first one is a neck pillow which is mainly for people who take planes. Most of the neck pillows we see on the market have a same width, but that isn’t ergonomic. When people’s heads are lopsided, the height from head to neck and the height from head to shoulder are different. Therefore, my design is to add two little stands to support people’s necks and provide comfort.

The second one is a pillow for mom and baby. Mom’s pillow is like a very mature peach; the fabric is quite soft. The baby’s pillow is a little bit solid in order to support baby’s neck; its texture is like a peach which is becoming mature. The shape of mom’s pillow fits body shape; baby falls asleep when they smell mom’s smell, so their pillows are side by side.

The third one is for people who sleep on the table. I believe many people have this kind of experience which is when you are sleeping on your hands or arms, your hands or arms feel numb after you wake up, so this pillow has two places where people can put their hands in order to prevents numbness from sleeping.

Reese Terris’ Creative Mornings Talk

On Friday morning, our class went to Creative Morning and had a speech. The speaker was Reese Terris. He has many experiences and works, and he has his own way to think and design. I like his works such as Bridge and Ought Apartment.

People can see different styles of interior design in different periods of time from one place, and they are so detailed that makes people feel that they are living at that time. The design is amazing.

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He also gets people together and provides more communications with his neighbors. Nowadays, people usually communicate with friends on social network or electronic devices; the advanced technology gives them less opportunities to meet with their friends or other people. However, Reese Terris gives his neighbor and his family an new access to communicate and  get closer. It is not just a bridge which people pass through; it is a bridge which starts a communication and builds a relationship with other people.

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He gives me a new way to think. Design doesn’t have limitation or rules, and things can be used in different ways; they might create a new meaning, function, feeling, or environment that you won’t expect. I need to think out of the box in order to make things different, and that is very important to a designer.

Images from : Reese Terris