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The health benefits of tai chi


Monday, Oct 03, 2016 - 10:25:04 pm

@ Kate-FYP: Everyday Fitness


This gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, flexibilyt, and balance, and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.

Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medicationin motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating Read more →

Categories: Final Project | Research

Jewelry Design Development--Who, What, Why

Desirie Z

Monday, Oct 03, 2016 - 04:15:22 pm

@ Chinese Style Jewelry

Accessories for Lee(Main character):

1, a Zan, long hair pin to secure hair bun. This accompanies her throughout her life, as a item of memory from her mother.

2, a Bi, comb-like accessory, marks when she becomes Noble Consort, which is the highest position she reaches when she is with the old Emperor.

3, a ring, marks her return to the Palace as Read more →

Intersting... I like the choker worn by Rehang better than the first one...

Characters Summary

Desirie Z

Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 - 06:33:47 pm

@ Chinese Style Jewelry

Here is a simple summary of the main characters appeared in my story.

Pardon my handwriting..

The main character Lee:

Xiunv(13)–>Noble Lady Lee(13)–>Dame Lee(14)–>Consort Lee(17), gave birth to a son, who died–>Buddhist Nun(20), after Emperor’s death–>Imperial Noble Consort Lee(23), of the new Emperor Lihong–>Empress Consort(31)

Supporting Characters:

Prince Lihong–>Emperor(20)

Xiunv Ou(Lee’s best friend)

Lee’s Servant(had a crush on the Prince)

Other characters:

Xiunv Zhao–>Noble Lady Zhao–Dame Zhao

Empress Consort Wu(of Read more →

Great! Now let's celebrate with concepts for each of them!!

Reaching Out!

Adonis Toh

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 - 02:41:06 pm

@ Adonis Toh

This video has been designed by English Federation of Disability Sport(EFDS) to complement the charity’s successful Inclusive Communications Guide. The video talks about useful communication practices and principles and how the changes will help providers to reach a wider audience in sport and physical activity, including more disabled people.

Categories: Research

Inspiration products-Shanghai Tang

Desirie Z

Monday, Sep 26, 2016 - 04:07:17 pm

@ Chinese Style Jewelry

All images in this article are taken from, unless specified otherwise.

I went both the store and its online website for some inspiration. I love some of its items as they are so modern looking yet they have some Chinese traditional elements.

Take the bracelet for example. it is a simple bangle with Shou or Fu or Xi, the auspicious Read more →

what happens if you subtly embed LEDs - very subtly into a necklace?. No one has done this before. LEDs can have different colours and the light can be designed to reflect internally causing interesting glow! Think about it. We can talk after I am back from Chennai on 03 October.

Update of Jewelry Design Idea

Desirie Z

Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 - 05:19:15 pm

@ Chinese Style Jewelry

This is a short write up after week 6 consultation, to update my design direction.

My direction now is to design a set of jewelry that go according to the stories I wrote. The design I have for now is pretty complicated and resembles the Chinese antiques. However, my next aim is to simplify the design into something more modern, and Read more →

Remember; 'gist and gesture'. You are doing fine. We will up the effort after the break : )  



Friday, Sep 23, 2016 - 11:03:12 am

@ Kate-FYP: Everyday Fitness



AXIUS addresses your body across three planes of motion: tilt, rotation and roll. It allows you to reduce or increase degrees of instability to create safe, controllable stages of progression for building core strength and functional stability. Through this type of instability and balance training, you will recruit deep core and stabilizing muscles, not activated through traditional movements. These Read more →


Capsule wardrobe


Friday, Sep 23, 2016 - 06:13:14 am

@ BennyOu

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

Collection of clothes and accessories that are considered essential a person’s basic collection of coordinating clothes that can be used to form the basis of outfits for all occasions a set of clothing, normally around 24 items, which can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of outfits.

Reason to build a Capsule Wardrobe

What really matters

If you Read more →

Categories: Research
Benny, is this what you want to design?  

Common styles


Friday, Sep 23, 2016 - 06:03:43 am

@ BennyOu

Categories: Research


Xiu Ming

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 - 11:32:03 pm


Building on what is available as an outdoor leisure in urban space:

Safety is an issue in setup;

Multiple layers of engagement after drawing someone into the location to interact with it, how do I make people dwell a little longer? How much privacy shall it give to encourage different types of people who want to interact less? ;

Aesthetics: even when the Read more →

Categories: Research
I saw something on this in the papers today. Interesting. But imagine people trying to do something during lunch time... I wouldn't want to go back to the office stinking of sweat...