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

https://www.tumblr.com/search/vanbiennale

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

Project 1 proposal

The students need to find a produce and design a series of three products which are related to a specific group of people. The produce I chose is lemon. My audiences are elderly people who need more helps in our society. The number of seniors increase greatly every year in Canada, but many products are not suitable for them, so I hope I can design some products which make their lives better. My designs are water bottle, cushion, and slippery hand.

Some seniors’ hands are not strong enough to hold a mug, so I want to design a water bottle which is soft and lighter. The water can only be poured in the bottle, but it won’t spray out from the mouthpiece. The water bottle is like a peel which stores the water; the juice and pulp also support the shape of the fruit; same as water which supports the shape of the bottle.

The second design is a cushion. Some leather sofas are slippery for some seniors. Their legs are not strong enough to support their bodies, so their bottoms slip from the back to the front, and then they might fall from the sofa. Therefore, the surface of the cushion is skid proof with small pellets, and the inside material is memory foam, which changes the shape when people move.

The slippery hand is to help seniors move their hands smoothly. People’s skin gets drier with age, so the handles become an obstacle to their movement. It’s a slippery glove, but it has a small skid proof pad in front of wrist, so seniors won’t fall down if the glove is too slippery, and the speed is too fast. Yellow symbolizes vitality; when they move more quickly, they seem to be younger.

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Reflection of “Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You”

” Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You” is written by Sam Gosling. The stuff you use, and the environments surround you express who you are. In chapter one, there are three ways to analyze a person; they are identity claims, feeling regulators, and behavioral residue. Now, I’m going to show you the evidences, which analyze myself under these three categories.

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This stuff is under identity claims. The blue shirt is a memento of Vancouver Marathon. Although I didn’t run on that day, but I was the volunteer. People who wore this shirt offered helps to the runners. Helping people makes me feel happy, and I  know I have ability to do something for this society.

The black shirt keeps me reminding I was a member of class F42B of Wenzao Ursuline University of  Languages. We had be in a same class for five years. I’ve made my best friend and good friends; we held many activities together, and we created an amazing memory in school life. Therefore, it is very important  for me to prove that I’ve been in a lovely group in my life.

The pink sun glasses shows that I’m a student of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, which is the first school I go to after I came to Canada. Kwantlen changes my life and thoughts; it gives me a new environment I had never experience before; it makes my dream came true, and it gives me many challenges to learn and conquer.

The white badge was an evidence of being another volunteer. Picking up the garbage and planting the trees provide us a better environment to live, and I hope everyone knows that we’re living in a same place, so we have responsibility to protect it.

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These photos belong to feeling regulators. They describe the important people in my life. The first picture is one of the walls in my bed room, and the second picture is the cards and photos my friends sent to me. They include my family and friends. They remind me that my families and friends are supporting me although they’re not here. My friends here have helped me a lot; we have a small class, but we’re like a family! They’re placed in front of my bed, so I can see them when I wake up.

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These two pictures belong to behavioral residue. I like to put same or similar objects together because it’s more organized and easier to find them. For example, all the folders are placed at the bottom, and different kinds of books are placed in different levels. Basically, I prefer everything has its own place, and I don’t want to spend time looking for something, especially I need it immediately. Even though I have a lot of papers on the desk, they are piled up together.

MindRDR and Google Glass

After Google Glass, London-based design made a software and combined it with an EEG biosensor headset.  The app, MindRDR, “lets you activate Google Glass’ camera shutter using nothing but your thoughts.” The Google Glass will be acted after the app identifies people’s brainwave. Therefore, if people want to take a picture, they just need to think; they don’t need to press the button! Moreover, people can use the same way to share their photos on social networks and “use the system to navigate the UI.” It wants to develop more functions and “control more features of the Google Glass interface.”

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After my classmate, Cody Botto-B, introduced Google Glass to us, I think it’s a very interesting and avant-garde product.  This new invention is a good idea. People use their thoughts to control  things, and it might trigger a revolution in technology. Imaging that people set there and do nothing, but actually their heads are sending emails, having a meeting, or doing online shopping. However, I expect more functions from this device because if  a headset can only take pictures and navigate the UI, I  probably won’t buy it; Google Glass is good enough for me, and I don’t need to wear another device on my head. There is room for improvement, but I have high expectations for this product.

Link: http://www.coolthings.com/google-glass-mindrdr/