The project was inspired by a Japanese short story published in 1947 - The Restaurant of Many Orders, written by Kenji Miyazawa. The parable involves an engaging storyline of 2 English hunters finding their way through a mystic restaurant and realizing in the end that they were being prepared as food for the owner - an evil cat.
The aim of the project was to bring the literature to life in a tangible format, and to let users explore the story through an interactive game. Riddles and quotes serve as game instructions and the numbered boxes represent each door that the hunters encountered in the restaurant.
To fully utilize the idea of interaction and play, I decided to relate each boxes to one of the 5 senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch), allowing the game to become a sensory experience. It was also designed with an educational purpose in mind: by reorganizing these boxes, a hidden message will be revealed, bringing out the story’s ironic commentary on vanity and greed.
Through the Looking Glass
The brief was to 'reappropriate' a lost and found item, in my case, a pair of unwanted glasses.
The result is a screen printed poster of glasses for different animals from whale to koala according to their physical features. The spectacles are also hierarchically laid out according to the creatures' sizes, like an eyesight testing chart.
As a spectacle wearer, I have always loved having this print in my room.
A Merry Little Christmas
Excited about the newly acquired risograph printer in school, I decided to take advantage of it and created 60 A6 greeting cards for christmas. This is my second time using a risograph printer and this personal project was a lot of fun, not only because christmas is the best season to look forward to but also because I know my family and friends would be more than happy to receive these.
I had always believed that my working process was a systematic one, so my first ethos draft was initially a recipe that lists out all the steps involved in the production of a design piece. But upon further investigations and looking back at my general working processes, I realized that my best projects are those that involve lots of decision changes as I worked along - it had never been a journey from A to B. With that in mind, I decided to look at what constitutes a good design instead.
I noticed that my best projects involved a lot of brainwork, a clear idea, and very often, a thoroughly enjoyed process. I then have these written in a more elaborate list, which became my manifesto. The visual ethos is a short film that presents the essence of my beliefs in a digital way but with a tactile quality.
So, Shall We?
Inspired by a conversation with a friend who did a diploma in funeral planning, I realized that talking about death is a much-needed practice in our society. It is through being conscious of our mortality that we realise how much it means to be living.
The publication aims to inspire people to talk about the universal topic of death and acknowledge how liberating it can be if we embrace the topic as openly as other subjects. The book contains a collection of conversations and inspiring speeches from people of diverse backgrounds, showing how a topic that we tend to avoid is also one that brings people together.
This publication has gone through numerous changes in format. I settled with a large format book, as I wanted that feeling of a platform for discussion once opened, I wanted readers to immerse themselves in it and feel involved, and most importantly, to not be intimidated by this seemingly scary topic.
A branding project for a live brief set by Bear, a London design agency.
The bee yard is a perfect example of how humans corporate with another species for both of their mutual benefits. Research informed me that bees regularly venture 2 miles away from their hive to forage, to make use of this fact to create a direct link between supply and consumption, I decided to create an urban honey brand that targets the local community, specifically those who live within the radius. With the local community as my target market came the key idea — to brand the bees as neighbours, which explains the friendly and approachable visual language adopted across the marketing collaterals.
An article from the Guardian suggested that if we treat our backyards as mini nature reserves, we could help to stop the decline in the number of pollinators. That is why, each jar of honey comes with a small pot of flower bulbs, so that the community can help save the declining number of bees by planting pollinator-friendly flowers and recieve delicious honey in return.
As part of the development of a website design project, we were asked to dig deep into a designated area of interest — architecture. This set of postcards were designed based on my fascination over 4 of the world’s greatest bridges:
Gateshead Millenium Bridge
Miho Museum Bridge
Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge
I was drawn to the way the architects described these bridges as living and breathing works of art. The postcards combine typography and photographic images, the later were of hand-made paper structures that mimic the essence of the bridges. I was immensely engaged in the process of making these structures and photographing them under different lightings, as the interaction between light and shadow seemed to have brought my minimalistic sculptures to live. The chosen bridges were designed with a modern approach, so I decided to echo the style by printing the cards onto a mirrored surface, the reflections created by the surface also add to the energy and vibe.
LINKS website in action
This is an experimental project exploring the idea of negative space based on a selection of photographs I took around the city of Hong Kong. The photos were edited into bright monotoned images, bringing colour to the dull hues of the city's skyscrapers. The outcome is a set of 4 small booklets with cut out windows (of the negative space) in them allowing the underneath pages to show through. The way the booklet is folded allows me to slot the booklets together to create new combination of images without having to bind/stitch them.
"Fly over the world, and the landscape is more gridded map than undulating topography."
Halves is a set of 5 handmade self-publishing booklet - compilation of photographs I took with a line in the middle that halves the page either vertically or horizontally. These books explore the geometry and linearity in the environment that surrounds me.
Connecting You with the Industry
This was a non-mandatory project aimed at promoting an employability talk in the university which was held by a career advice agency. The whole concept was based on the idea of connection, thus the tagline - connecting YOU (design students) and the INDUSTRY (creative industry).
Giving away business cards is usually the first step made in networking, thus, I created a set of 3 business cards as giveaway items. I hoped the cards could engage as well as serve as a reminder of the event, so each has a little game on the front that reference the idea of joining up and connecting elements, and on the back contains details of the event.
The number of attendees seemed to have proved that this project was a success; the lecture hall has never been so jam packed before.
An imaginary company and its manifesto:
"Worthy Junks is an established company known for its awfully good selection of contradictory products for house and home, technical and hobby needs. Worthy Junks’ products are designed to reverse functions. The items we sell carry almost absolutely no practical use but have won prizes both nationally and internationally.
Our company culture is distinguished by the seriously fun-loving spirit. Our aim is to bring humour and frustration into people’s lives through everyday goods.
Most importantly, we believe in the worthiness of junks."
Quirky typefaces were chosen to match with the products. Even the logo was designed to be jpeg rather than vector, to reverse the convention of how a logo should be.
If Colours were Humans
A personal project that reveals my child at heart :)
If colours were humans...
Ruby Red would be my best friend.
Mr. Burnt Umber, might well be my boss, always up-tight and highly demanding.
Dr. Prussian Blue would be my psychiatrist, he is my solution to even-mindedness after a day of hectic work.
I would fall in love with Quartz Purple because he sends me roses and knows the best place for a date, but I would never trust his loyalty...
I would marry Eucalyptus, he is no other green, he is beautiful.
It would be tempting to murder Dull Grey, simply beacuse we have too much of it in this world.
As for me, I think I would be White because adaptibility is my forte.
But someday I wish to be Fushia or Lime Green or anything that stands out in the crowd.