Statement of Practice

Category : Blog, MDP, Thesis
Date : February 11, 2015

I am interested in speculating the strange, jarring, extreme and sometimes quirky experiences that we may encounter while interacting with technologies. An designed object, or an experience, often comes with a set of expectations or some intended/suggested behaviors. Designers usually are not given the luxury to investigated the unintended outcome of the designed object. However, it is often the unintended usage, or the unexpected results that reveal how we are adapting, in the most humanly possible ways. My research are usually structured around the history, more specifically the progression and development of the subject matter. How does a piece of technology evolve as the political or cultural context change? What changes are we making to a piece of technology so that it will adapt to the current context? How do we affect, or being affected by the progression of this piece of technology?

The subject of emotion has alway been there at the center of my speculations. I am often more attracted to the emotional impact of the interaction rather than the goal/outcome of that interaction; therefore it is often helpful to use storytelling methods like film or live actions to engage the audience and ask the question, “how do you feel about this particular scenario?” In this case, the interaction that I am investigating usually becomes props. The props are “hidden”, they are only there to facilitate the narrative while the story itself takes on a more prominent role. Framing the design speculation within a narrative structure brings flexibility to the presentation. An calculated amount of drama is often included to help the audience understand the context while keeping them emotionally engaged.

Draft: Statement of practice

Category : Blog, MDP, Thesis
Date : September 25, 2014

To put things in perpective, I design for space (as in not earth), and I present my work in the medium of videos.

The realization of the fact that human activities in space is no longer science fiction brings up many interesting design questions. What would the waiting loundge of a space-port look like? Do we need visa to visit a space station? How about a lake house on the moon? By using established methords and processes from interaction design, industrial design, protocol design, etc., I want to make objects or design services under the context of space. Imagining a future where space exploration goes beyond the means of scentific research or national defense needs; problems and issues that we encounter every single day on earth will be present, in different forms, in space as well. By designing and constructing these artifects that we might encounter in the future, I am also creating a opptunieties for the discussion of these critical questions.

Using narratives to structure my argument has been very helpful in my previous projects. Presenting my work in a linear format allows me to construct a complete argument while the plot keeps everyone focused on the screen. A narrative structure is also very relevant when the subject has already been associated with the film industry for a long time. Although my focus is not to make feature films out of my design explorations, the balance between the amount of drama and the amount of logic will make the distinction between a hollywood block buster and a critical design project. 

In conclusion, my practice will be focused on using narrative structures to construct and present different future scenarios of the relationship between human and space.

detail, positions, methodology, examples
what kind of narrative? genre of film? what types of narratives? short video…

what is the designer’s position? 

coming to school

Category : Blog, MDP, Thesis
Date : September 24, 2014

Thursday morning. Leaving home early, compare to my regular routine, to start school. Route was the same as always, hadn’t changed for 3 years. Traffic was relatively light with one exception at the first intersection where left turn vehicle was backed up due to large amount of incoming traffic. I had to avoid the line by pulling into the Chase bank parking lot then merge onto the perpendicular road. The Light was different, or is just probably me not getting used the morning sun. Air was cooler than yesterday. Music was different since my recent sofeware updated ruined my regular music app which forced me to listen to the only available song on my phone, some new U2 album. Everything felt manmade, except for the harsh southern california sun.