Q4. What ideals, principles, motto and design qualities might you use to describe and define the next emergent design trend valid over the next 5 years, current to your practices? What name would you give to the design movement?
As the world population steadily increases to 8 billion, the consumeristic paradigm of which most parts of the developed world functions on becomes no longer sustainable. In addition to social problems, a self-inflicted ecological crisis threatens our human civilisation as well as the world of nature. The infinite growth potential of a consumeristic economy is incompatible with the earth which has finite raw materials and natural resources. According to Greenpeace, human consumption of natural resources has doubled over the last 30 years, prompting the United Nations to advocate for a new production model that makes optimal use of resources and energy sustainable (Iberdrola Corporativa).
The Treachery of Images, painted by Rene Magritte, is a painting of a pipe with the words “This is not a pipe” in French written below it. The contradiction created in this piece of work reminds me of Buddhism and their teaching on the nature of reality and its illusions. While similar in concept, they also have an introspective quality to it.
From the first lecture, the introduction of the rebus principle was what piqued my curiosity.
Rebus writing is the usage of existing symbols to represent sounds of the spoken word. After some research, I understand that there were two main types of sound writing evolved from the development and extension of the rebus principle; syllabic and alphabetic writing. While English is purely alphabetic, ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs can demonstrate both types of writing.
Based on the theme given: Rest & Relax, I wanted to create a space where people can enjoy the clean and fresh air whilst indulging in delicacies by the sunset. It is a space I would personally enjoy as I drew inspiration from places I liked and found architecturally interesting.
Whether in the military or as a civilian, at some point during our lives many of us will experience a traumatic event. Centred around an army utility vest, also known as an Integrated Load Bearing Vest (iLBV), our dark object aims to simulate a war veteran’s PTSD, specifically a grenade explosion trauma, and make the wearer feel stressed, tired, isolated and judged. This project is directed at society and how they have abandoned/forgotten/discriminated or are not aware of these people with disorders.
The participant will engage with the exhibit through a video while wearing a vest which has been fitted with a photocell, a vibration motor & a tablet all linked through an Arduino Nano board. The exhibit works like this.
View here for the project’s development documentation. View here for the project’s body storming exercise.
Brief: [Part 2] With the data collected from research in [Part 1] and further studies and exploration, we are to create a eight page zine.
While the submission piece has to be strictly eight pages and saddle-stitched, we were also allowed to create and present an alternative zine without the creative restrictions.
For this zine project, while I originally planned to work with transparencies and tracing paper to resemble a blue print schematic, I realise that I had too much content for an eight page zine, which would be reduced to 4 pages due to the transparency effect. I then redesign my zine into a map/schematic brochure to work together with the 360 virtual tour.
Brief: [Part 1] Research, engage and document experiences with a location of our choice present the data in a visually engaging manner.
[Part 2]: View here.
Location: Sim Lim Square With its fair share of scams, unique history and interesting architecture, I wanted to present the mall in a new light, giving visitors and interested participants another chance to engage with the mall and its stores.
The complicated floor plan and similar looking stores may cause guest to become disoriented hence with the help of the VR tour, guest can navigate through the crowd and clutter.
Brief: To create typographic portraits by using our whole name, parts of our name or initials using a minimum of two letters, to describe our future jobs. The aim is to use typography as an end itself, minimizing the support of imagery.