4D | vend for health

For our final 4D project, it’s a group work!
i grouped with Gladys & Qiu Wen.

Upon receiving the project brief, we were told to work on an object/location within the compounds of ADM, and we began brainstorming.

Unanimously, we all came up with the same thing!
We decided to work on Vending Machine – the best place to go for our hungry souls. We wanted to make the vending machine interactive, fun and to promote healthy living!

Our idea was planned with the mindset of having a collaboration with Health Promotion Board (HPB)

We will have a vending machine that vends out healthy food, instead of the usual unhealthy snacks and drinks.

For example, instead of having potato chips, we have veggie chips! Or if we have salted peanuts, we can change to almonds instead!

However, the buyer will not know about the change in product, until they selected their choice.

To explain better, we built a small vending machine prototype, with iPad as our machine screen.

Watch the video to see how the vending machine works!


The whole process starts when a passer-by walks past the vending machine. It will light up and greet the passer-by, attracting their attention and asking if they want anything. Next up, it will show the panel of food, letting the customer select the choice he/she wants.

Upon pressing, a surprise animation comes out, and we can see the changing animation of the original product changing into a healthier alternative!

It will then vend out the healthier alternative for the customer, ending with a quote to promote healthy living.

During the process of vending, we will have a unique jingle for each product – to keep the customer occupied while waiting.

We intend to have the interface appear more futuristic, while keeping the elements of it quirky and fun.

After presenting to the class about our project, it seemed pretty well-received!
Although it was voiced out that some customers might get angry for not receiving the item they wanted, the issue was resolved, as we intend to place a line of text on the vending machine stating “What you see might not be what you get“. Furthermore, our plan of collaborating with HPB will come into handy, as if used for a HPB roadshow, the audience will know this vending machine is promoting health!

All in all, I am satisfied with how the vending machine worked out! Although we kept changing our ideas, I am glad that we stuck to this final idea!

Initially, we wanted to host a competition between all the food in the vending machine, like a pageant contest. But we realised that the contest has no purpose, and if someone is there to buy food, they might get irritated by the long contest process.

But our final idea, has a clear purpose on promoting health and is a shorter process than our original!

And thankfully, we had a 3D vending machine prototype to aid us with the presentation of our project, if not, it will be difficult trying to explain our idea!


Till then,


4D | sequential imaging


The third assignment, we had to shoot 90 images, and show it during class time.

My plan was to do a stop-motion video, with characters I drew!

The concept was a dream, and me fighting in the dream.

It started with me sleeping, and heading into dream mode, where I went to a boxing ring and fought three rounds with male A.

First round – we fought with cooking tools, and I won.
Second round – we fought with a soccer and tennis ball, and he won.
Third and final round – we fought with swords and I won!

So I became the overall winner.

I then left the boxing ring and walked into a pole, and landed in the human world.

My concept was to talk about the social norm between male and females.
Females tend to be spoken about being able to cook better, and males are better at sports, or fights.
Thus, I started with the norm of the female being better at cooking by letting me win the fight and the male defeating me in the throwing of balls.
The last round was crucial as it determined the winner. I wanted to prove that females are just equally as capable as males, and let myself win the round!

But, being able to fight is one, and characteristics of a person is another.
The last part of dream paper me falling into the human world is due to my clumsiness – where I knocked into a lamp post and fell down! (trust me, it always happens) 


That’s it for the 3rd assignment!

Till then,

4D | maggie party!

The second project, is Text and Image,  where we have to create an advertisement, using text and images!

We were told to each bring an item to class, and got randomly assigned another classmates’ item for our second project.

The item i got was……

Myojo Chicken Abalone Noodles! 

When I started working on this project, I wanted to focus on the freshness of the food, the abalone.

I wanted to show that despite being instant noodles, it can still give you the taste of real chicken, and freshness of the abalone.

And here’s my final work!

I incorporated the cooked in a pot instant noodles with a photo of the sea – showing the freshness of the whole dish! And adding floating abalones to show how fresh the whole thing is! Eating the noodles is just like eating abalones straight out of the ocean! (hahaha) There’s also an image of someone picking the noodles out from the ocean using chopsticks – to signify someone wanting to eat it already!! In the background, I used the the sky view, with flying chickens – because the chicken in the noodles tastes so fresh you can fly!!

I added a line of text at the top “Just like the real deal”, to reiterate the point that Myojo’s noodles are as fresh as eating it straight from the ocean.

Lastly, I placed an image of the maggie noodles at the bottom left border – so viewers can note that it is an advertisement done by Myojo.

What did i enjoy
I enjoyed working on this, as I want to venture into viscomm!
However, for a visomm advertisement, this is honestly not up to standard, it looked more paradoxical than commercial based.

Improvements that I can make
I realised that the background of the sky that I chose was pretty harsh – it added clutter to the entire sequence of the advert. It was taking the attention away from my maggie ocean!
Also, I should’ve chosen another flying chicken, as the roasted flying chicken looked too weird!!

And this concludes Project 2!

Till then,

4D | paradox

Process taken:
Capturing of images
Usage of photoshop to edit

Idea behind this creation:
Showcase the new place I call my second home, which is the current hall I’m staying at – Hall 8.
As most of us knows, NTU is a smoke-free campus, but there are still many cigarette butts lying around, signifying that many are going against the rule and still smoking.

My paradox shows the results of heavy smoking and what the outlook of NTU will be if no one clears their cigarette butts properly after smoking – it will be flooded everywhere!

There’s a dinosaur to present fear for the situation happening.
With a glitch on the buildings to the left, it shows how unrealistic the paradox is! (Like honestly, where do you find those huge-ass cigarette butts!)
The raining cigarette butts shows how polluted the air in NTU is, with cigarette smell lingering along the air on campus.

Challenges Faced:
Time constraints
Used an iPhone instead of DSLR – work could’ve been of higher quality

What did I enjoy
I enjoyed distorting reality!

And that’s the end of Assignment 1! 

Till then,

4D | encountering three strange characters!

In my strange world, everyone are black & white, whereas all the elements of the world, are filled with vibrant colours!
This is to signify that in the world, we have everything we want and need, but we are still unhappy with life.

The process of making is done by Adobe Photoshop. 

The first character I have is a representation of the lack of time in the world. We never have enough time for everything. Time is always insufficient.
Timo is constantly searching for time, and steals time away whenever he touches someone.
His mouth, is being replaced a padlock, to represent the saying of Speak no evil.

The second character represents Money, and how people are never happy with their wealth. Money is always never enough. Being the greedy bird she is, Monika steals your money whenever her marbled eyes turn white!
With wings, she is granted the ability to fly, like how money flies away from your wallet so easily!
Her eyes are replaced with marbles, as a representation of See no evil.

The third character represents Health. People always strive to keep a healthy lifetyle, in to order to extend their lifespan. Many go to the extremes of consuming huge quantities of vitmans and doing exercises.
Hemi steals your health (HP) whenever she uses her legs, carbon fork, to stab you.
With her stealing your HP, you’ll lose and die earlier.
The rat tail Hemi has represents that she is a sneaky little thief!
Her ears are replaced with seashells, as a representation of Hear no evil.

Challenges Faced
A major challenge I faced was having the conceptual idea in my head, but having no idea on execution. It was difficult coming up with Hemi, the 3rd character, as Health is not that a prominent issue linking to having a lack of.

What I did Enjoy
Freedom of creating characters
Giving the characters a backstory.

That’s it for the Assignment 1a! 

Till then,