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RESEARCH STRATEGY SERVICE


I am an MFA student in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design. A large component of my study now is dedicated to humancentered design and qualitative research. This part includes projects I did in the past two semesters. I felt human-centered design is all about uncertainty. As an adventurous person, I enjoy the process of exploring the needs of people and looking for real problems so much.


CULTURE FUUUUUUSION

NAOKI TUNG TINA


OBSERVATION & INTERVIEW

Authentic, fake and fusion food When and who is talking about it?

I grew up in Taiwan and I can’t tell if “chipotle” is authentic Mexican

I really like the food from Xian

food or not. I even don’t realize it is

Famous Food, it tastes very

Mexican food but I really like it.

Chinese! Though the interior decoration is very modern.

Taiwanese tourists said “this ramen is fake” when they first went to a Japanese fast food restaurant in NYC.

some restaurants in my country make a kind

I can't tell the difference

of street food but with

between a variety of bubble

better materials, I think it

teas but my Taiwanese friend

is fusion food beacuse it

told me that he can tell the

looks and tastes better.

difference.

HAKATA TONTON: My Japanese friend think the flavor is the same as typical Japanese hotpot, but the portion is American size.

Taco bell is "fake" Mexican food because the materials they use are not natural.


LEARNING OBJECTIVE

HMW understand different public perception of Japanese food among people from different cultural background?

RESEARCH METHODS

provotype: interview people from 2 target groups with a set of mini menus.

INTERVIEW SET


1. Place the menus in a line based on their preference.

INTERVIEW

2. Place the menus in a line based on authenticity.

6JAPANESE+8AMERICANS

3. Ask them questions regarding the lines they made. *. Record their anwsers in the form.


DATA ANALYSIS

JAPANESE

AMERICAN


SEVERAL ANAYLISIS METHODS

CORELATION

SECTION

For Japanese, their preference has a strong positive corelation with authenticity.

Separate the matrix into 3 sections and see how dots cluster in each of the section.

DISLIKE

SOSO

LIKE

AUTHENTIC

AREA

SOSO

e.g. For American, Jiro covers the area "authentic&dislike; Sushi samba covers "not authentic"& "like"

NOT AUTHENTIC


WE WEAVE COLLECTION

Tina, Mariana, Abdul, Megan ongoing project


BACKGROUND How might we better support indigenous artisans and their families past the current generation of makers? With the craft sector being the 2nd largest employer in the developing world, and with a majority of artisans living in poverty, this question is both critical and urgent. After an introduction to the global artisan sector, grounded in myriad case studies, students will create projects that promote a more equitable and just artisan sector.

SECONDARY RESEARCH After putting down all the stakeholder in central America handicraft industry on the ecosystem map, we found we knew little about "artisans".


FIELD RESEARCH

"Who are you?" project

LEARNING OBJECTIVE RESEARCH METHODS

1. Artisans' expectations about their future. 2. Details about their life.

--what they like, what they do everyday,how they define their culture,etc.

1. "magic bag" activity:

pick a question card without seeing from the tote bag and draw/write their answer on the back of the card.

2. "time capsule" discussion:

select 3 things and send them to the future, what will

they pick?

INSIGHTS

+They are proud of the knowledge of weaving but they don’t want their kids to be artisans. +Income generation is their first priority for weaving. +They can’t design the textile but they get a sense of achievement when they design on their own. +They hope their work be recognized and valued. +They heavily rely on middlemen. +Some artisans want to have their own business. +Artisans with high literacy level or spanish speaking artisans have better opportunities to get on the Board of Directors.


reflect and express their culture new market niche

gain creativity empowerment

fulfill their ambition of empowering artisans Artisan

Middleman

take social responsibility

more choices understand their power

Design School

Customer

HOW MIGHT WE CREATE A COLLABORATIVE TEAM FOR CONNECTED, DYNAMIC, CREATIVE, CULTURAL AGENCY?


SECTION1

WE WEAVE COLLECTION co-creation workshop series between design school students and indigenous artisans for designing the "piece of the season" special collection

CULTURE&HISTORY Preparation Invite anthropologist from Museo Ixchel to the indigenous community or collect information from them. Activities Anthropologist introduces the culture of this area/their community to artisans.


SECTION2

SECTION3

CULTURE DEFINITION

DESIGN

Preparation Let artisans bring two objects: one contains the most representative pattern and one contains the most representative color(s) of their culture.

Preparation 1. Adapt the selected patterns into grayscale templates. 2. Create an “inspiration board� with the colors selected by artisans. 3. Prepare the color threads. (4.) Invite master weavers to the workshop.

Activities 1. artisans in turn introduce the two objects they bring and explain why they choose them. Parsons students take picture of the objects and document their statements. 2. artisans vote together to select the top 3 patterns/ colors that represent their culture.

Activities 1. Spread the templates to artisans and let them fill the colors with color pens/pencils. 2. Weaving technique review: master weavers review the design and give technique feedback. 3. Artisans pick the small loom set and the threads they need.


SECTION4

SECTION5

PEER REVIEW

CELEBRATION!

Preparation Artisans make a piece of swatch of their design on the mini loom and bring in to this section.

Preparation 1. Design and print out a “portfolio page” for each artisan. 2. Assess the swatches based on the feedback from different stakeholders(artisans+MG+tourist+north America market) and select the final design. 3. Collect feedback from consumer side in a tangible format, e.g. let tourists write down.

Activities 1. Artisans in turn show the swatch they made. 2. Discuss the technique problems they met. 3. Artisans vote anonymously on the swatches. 4. Photograph each artisan with their design.

Activities 1. Give artisans the “portfolio page”. 2. Announce the final selection. 3. Deliver the feedback from tourists to artisans.


BRANDING

WE WEAVE COLLECTION

WEBSITE

FALL 2018


TO BE CONTINUED


The Open Data L-Train Innovation Challenge The Second Place


THE OPEN DATA L-TRAIN INNOVATION CHALLENGE The Open Data L-Train Innovation Challenge will open up the problem to the public and facilitate collaborative teams to solve a number of challenges posed by the shutdown through a sustainability lens. The shutdown will repair the tunnels damaged by Hurricane Sandy connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn and will last 15-18 months.

for our team DESIGN CHALLENGE How might we predict the impact of the L train shutdown on pedestrian flows through the surrounding community?


CONCEPT

Collect the data of the “changing part� of the pedestrian flow, which is the current passengers of L-train, by doing surveys in stations along the L-train, predict the future changes and make preparations before the shutdown happens.


paradigm shift 1 Collecting predictive data before real data exists to reframe the the “change-reaction” model to a “proaction-change” model. Based on the data collected through the survey, related departments can anticipate the potential changes and be prepared. OWN

SHUTD

DATA

REACTIOIN

PROBLEMS

DATA

PROACTIOIN CONTRIBUTOR

paradigm shift 2 Encouraging the citizens to become active data contributors and at the same time, the beneficiary to the data they contribute. This is a fundamental concept behind “smart cities”.

DATA

BENEFICIARY


Passengers input their current commute methods and the path they normally take on the map.

Re-map their future commute or the program provides them some recommendations.


INDIVIDUAL-LEVEL BENEFICARIES

passengers

be aware and prepared

local business

alter their business focus


BRANDING


Forest Jianhao Diana Tina Dave Ellen Iris


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A service designed for Alzheimer's Disease patients and caregivers.

2016/9~11 Beijing


/WHAT IS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE? Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. normal aged brain

brain of a person with AD

96,100,000

people above 65

6,000,000 with dementia

Patients will go through 3 stages: early, moderate and late. With the development of the disease, patients' memory, cognition, language and executive functions will hugely decrease and the dependence on caregiver will increase.

60%~70%

are caused by AD

Dependence on caregiver

high

Only27%

Get medical help

low early memory cognition language executive functions

moderate

late

stage

Most of them

are taken care in their home

/ALZHEIMER'S IN CHINA


/OBSERVATION&INTERVIEW My Grandpa

/RESEARCH SYNTHESIS EARLY

Patient

My grandpa has suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for 8 years, now his disease has developed in late stage. He lives close to me, so I have a lot of observations of his changes in this years.

MODERATE

forget what he is doing

Care Giver

forget family members and friends

My Mother

LATE

forget how to use tools and appliances

forget to have meal

forget things happened in recent decades

forget how forget their to cook forget to take hobbies medicines

Having the expierence of taking care of my grandma "Your grandma played magic square and puzzles when she was at the early stage of this disease to maintain her intelligence. With the progression of Alzheimer's she wasn't able to finish puzzles with too many pieces so I bought puzzles with less pieces,even one of only 9 large pieces!"

personality might change

lose appetite refuse to use new things

Bad sleep quality

can't find proper words

Uncle Liu His father was diagnosed as Alzheimer's Disease(early stage) "After knowing he had this disease, he began to play kudos to delay the onset of mental degeneration. He practices it everyday and now he is really proficient in this game. "

Do not go lose the out any more cognition of Wear clothes time improperly

Easily get lost

Repeat same topics Memory Cognition Language

Like to say things happened in their childhood

can't express themselves clearly

talk less and less


/INSIGHTS

/OPPORTUNITY

Forget relatives and friends My grandpa and grandma both forgot their friends and relatives along the onset of this disease. Sometimes they cannot recognized some relatives who they didn't meet for a long time.

+A board game based on family tree, while patients are playing it, their mental ability is strenghened as well as they can remember their family members better. +Customization for each family +Played between the patient and care giver

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Games Patients play intelligence games to maintain their mental ability. The ability to manage the games will decrease with the progression of AD.

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data advice

advice

PATIENT

experience CARE GIVER CARE GIVER COMMUNITY experience

EXPERT


my sibling

my kid

younger than me

same gander as me......

/CARDS Characteristic Card Cards with some descriptive words, including "Younger/elder than me", "male/female", etc.

Family member Card Cards with family members' picture,name and age. Cards with the same color's edge are people of the same generation, this makes the arrangement of the cards easier.

/TEST

I did several tests with my mom on the usability of the game, including the size and the design of the card, the details of the rules.


/GAME RULES

Two players put a characteristic card on family member cards in turn, when there are two cards on a family card, the player who put the second card gets the card.

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2 Put all family member cards according to the family tree. Shuffle all characteristic cards, deal it to each player.

The first hand put one of the valid characteristic card aside to any family member card.

get it!

3

4 The other player put a characteristic card aside to any family member card he or she wants.

/SERVICE FLOW

If their are two characteristic cards aside to the same card, the player who put the latter c-card will have this card and become the first hand in the next round.

5 After all c-cards are dispersed, the game is over and the player gets more cards wins the game.

Each set of the card game has to be customized. Relatives of the patient can use the Online selling system to buy all available card games.

2 1

select games

input information

3

making and delivery


/APP User: Care givers Main functions: +Customizing and purchasing different board games. +Communicating with other caregivers and experts in order to share experience and learn from others.


Workshop Conductor MakeapointX Innovation Lab 2018.1

+Planned co-creation workshop "Aging with Fun", including the design of the process and needed materials, inviting participants and time management. +Conducted workshop and led one of the discussion groups. +Refined and visualized the flow of workshop preparation process.


Workshop Preparation Process After the workshop, I refined and visualized the process of a one-day co-creation workshop preparation process. This diagram shows three main characters' work along a timeline.


Life Parachute

Challenges

Psychological First Aid toolkit for Rare disease patients and their relatives

+Due to extreme heavy workload, doctors can't offer enough psychological support for rare disease patients after they give them diagnosis.

I participated in Rare Compass Lab, a service design project focusing on rare disease patients and was a member of “the life parachute� team. I worked together with psychology-background students and designed a tool kit that helps the patients to alleviate the panic attack after they are diagnosed.

+Relatives of patients suffer from the mental issues too and don't know how to support their loved ones. +Patients feel hard to connect the patients community because the rare disease patients are of few population.


Opportunity We designed a set of three booklets, one for rare disease patients, one for their relatives and one information booklet, aiming to give them psychological first aid after they are diagnosed. The booklets use narrative to guide patients and relatives through the hard time and encourage them to have interactions and support each other.


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INDUSTRIAL DESIGN


While studying and practicing industrial design, I gained a huge interest in people. I believe that, only knowing people well can we design the most proper interventions to influence them. So this part, industrial design projects, is how my career as a design researcher and strategist began.


Medical Bed Controller 2016/9

Beijing PER Industr ial design Co.,Ltd

Heavy ion therapy is one of the most advanced methods for cancer treatment. Currently in Gansu province in China the first heavy ion treatment hospital of China is being constructed. PER Industrial design company got a work of designing the holistic encounter experience of patient, including the design of the medical bed and the controller. This project is one of the proposals of the medical bed controller. The main challenge for me is to re-arrange the buttons on the board and the form.

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/REQUIREMENTS

ORIGINAL PRODUCT

1 2

Make the form more "medical". Rearrangement of the buttons, including reducing some redundant buttons and refining the configuration.

/INSPIRATION

MEDICAL PRODUCT

ERGONOMIC

BUTTON ARRANGEMENT

MATERIAL


/IDEATION


/FINAL DESIGN

reset buttons main operation buttons

manual operation buttons The buttons are made of translucent silicon, and when they are pressed, the back light will turn on.

speed control


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Racing wheelchairs, designed in response to a challenge from Michael Cottingham, director of UH Adaptive Sports, to provide a low-cost racing wheelchair for middle and high school students. The design met both cost requirements – about $800, compared to as much as $4,000 for a traditional racing chair – and includes a novel seat that makes it easier for athletes to pull themselves into position. The program is seeking funding to provide up to 150 chairs to the Houston Independent School District, allowing all students with mobility impairments to participate in wheelchair track.

Racing wheelchair for high school level athletes 2015/8~12 University of Houston


/OUR TEAM

/BACKGROUND

Wheelchair racing is the only one sport among 18 sports that has high school level league.

273,000,000 people with disability in the US, only 0.004% of them are doing sports. 0.004%

/BENEFITS

1

...... 18 ...... ...... sports

Perceived health is improved, and in a more long-term perspective there is a reduced risk of many chronic diseases. Improvement of mood-state, with a reduction of anxiety and depression, an increase of self-esteem and feelings of greater self-efficacy. Sociological gains include new experiences, new friendships, and a countering of stigmatization.


/STRUCTURE OF RACING WHEELCHAIR

Different cage supports different seating position. gloves and propulsion push rim

open-V cage

V cage

I cage

U cage

cage

Steering and brake are mainly used during road racing game. steering and brake

front wheel

rear wheel

carbon fiber tire tubular tire disc Tubular tire is hard for push rim adjustment, for the spokes are not stable.

compensator

Compensator is a mechenical part that athletes hit it during track racing game to turn a little angle in a high speed.


/RESEARCH SUMMARY

CUSTOMER

SHARING

One chair is shared with many athletes.

END USER

CHEAP HIGH SCHOOL WHEELCHAIR RACING CLUB

The high cost will prevent clubs from purchasing racing wheelchairs.

STORAGE

The storage rooms are usually narrow and racing wheelchairs are large.

BEGINNER

Most of them are beginners.

STYLISH

They care a lot about showing individual character. HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE

DIFFERENT SITUATION

They have different healthy and body situation.

/OUR DESIGN FOCUSES

$

EASY ENTRY

LOW COST

ADAPTABILITY

MAINTENANCE

Entering into the racing wheelchair is challenging for beginners and it prevents a lot of people from taking up this sport.

Many clubs can not afford racing wheelchairs for most of them are customized and are very expensive.

The wheelchair is shared and disability has a lot of types, our goal is to cover as large range people as possible.

Racing wheelchair is just like bicycle, maintenance is a huge issue.


/IDEATION I (MY PART)

CUSTOMIZED CAGE+MASS-PRODUCED FRAME To separate the whole wheelchair into two parts: customized cage and mass-produced frame in order to reduce the whole price. If athlete's body grows, it is also convenient, cheaper and faster for them to change a new cage.

ADJUSTABLE FLAT PLATE FRAME

This idea is to make use the flexibility of flat metal plate to adjust the cage width. It also has a special aesthetic.

ROTATABLE CAGE

The rotatable cage can make the entr y process much easier. The athletes can sit on the "chair" first and then rotate the cage to tighten.


/IDEATION II PLAN A: REAR ENTRY+SADDLE

AARON

PLAN B: FLEXIBLE CAGE

YAN TINA


/TEST

/AESTHETIC With the help of Carlos, an athlete with disability, we tested the "saddle" idea.

JASON

TINA

× BICYCLE SEAT Can’t give enough support to athlete's body

CAD:TINA FIBER GLASS SADDLE It works well and has more aesthetic potential


/TIPPING PROBLEM

! ANTI-TIPPING

While athlete is entering the cage, the whole wheelchair unavoidable tips to the back. To protect athlete, we have to solve this tipping problems.

/MY SOLUTION

1

LOCK THE KICKSTAND ON THE MAIN TUBE

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2

ENTER THE CAGE

UNLOCK THE KICKSTAND FROM THE FRONT


/CAGE Customized fiberglass cage with soft padding. This rear-open design enables athlete to enter it easily as well as gives them enough support.

CAGE:YAN OTHERS:TINA

/HANDLEBAR

/INTEGRATED STEERING

Highlighted handle bar helps athletes better utilizing their arms strength while sliding themselves into the wheelchair.

Comparing with traditional steering , this integrated steering is much simpler and has a concise aesthetic.


FRAME

AARON TINA CAGE

YAN JACOB JASON LAURA ACCESSORIES

CARLOS


"Even when you are empty you are beautiful too."

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2016/2~3 10~11

I got the inspiration of this design while I was making some mock-ups for my thesis. This sructure turned out to be not suitble for that project, however, Adam, our professor, encouraged me to use this organic form to make a fruit bowl. Long after that, I noticed the existed fruit bowls have many disadvantages both to fruits and users, and this unique structure could solve many of the problems. Then after several tests and refinements I made this simple, bueatiful and functional fruit bowl.


/PROBLEMS BURIED FRUITS under pressure

EMPTY FRUIT BOWL

insufficient air flow

hard to approach

can't be seen

not beautiful


/IDEATION

+

HARD TO CLEAN

MODULARIZATION EMBEDDED MAGNETS


1

Separate 4 parts.

2

Fold each of them along the groove, make two magnets cling to each other.

3

Assemble 4 par ts together ,notice the direction of the magnets.


SCENE

/PACKAGE The package allows several products be laid together to minimize the space,which benefits transportation and storage. The material of the package is matte translucent PVC sheet,through it customers can see the shape of the form vaguely.


4 An reflection of "week" and our mood.

2016/9~11 Beijing

I found people feel time differently. The semester I exchanged to Taiwan felt much longer than the semester I spent in my college; Elder people feel a year is short while kids feel a year long. After I noticed this interesting fact, I asked myself: "Is it possible to embody an abstract feeling of time into a solid product?" When I began my first job, I found week, this time scale, had huge influence on my mood-- I had a mood pattern during a week. I felt sad on Sundays and felt happy on Fridays. On Wednsdays my feelings are mixed. I decided to design an object to show this relationship, the relationship between week and our mood.


/HOW OUR MOOD IS SHAPED BY A WEEK? My favorite day is Thursday. On Thursdays, I am in great anticipation of the coming weekend, which, leads me agree easily to hang out with my friends and colleagues on weekend. And on Fridays I always regret to make those promises.... So sad.

ZALE 30 MARKETING

NINA 22 INTERN

I have complex feeling towards Wednesday and Friday. On Wednesdays, I find there are only two days left for the project and I have to be hurry. On Fridays I am sometimes in a happy mood of the coming rest as well as under the pressure of finishing work on time. I think Wednesday is quite special for me. On Wednesdays, I always have the best working performance. I can keep this performance until Thursday noon then it may declines because of feeling excited about the coming Friday and weekend.

/DEFINITION LOOP OF DAYS, LOOP OF MOOD I consider a product has two parts of features, functional features and emotional features. These two parts are like the two parts on the Taiji symbol, completing each other and form the “whole“.

JEFF 27 DESIGNER

FUNCTIONAL --showing the date --showing the day of a week --easy to read EMOTIONAL --the sense of infinite loop --arouse people's thinking about their life


/INSPIRATION & DEVELOPMENT

2 Beads 5 Beads ABACUS

Inspired by the structure and form of abacus -- a Chinese traditional calculator, I generated the idea of using beads representing 7 days of a week.

SUN SAT FRI THU WED TUE

HOW IT WORKS? One bead drops each day and all beads restore at the beginning of a new week.

AN AESTHETIC OF "IN BETWEEN" I am looking for an aesthetic between past and modern, east and west.

MON


/MECHANICAL DESIGN

Joint part The main pole has a ditch at its back, and each beak has a structure at its inner side. These two parts can be joined together and the beak can move smoothly on the vertical direction along the pole.

Control There is an electronic magnet hang inside of the pole, it cling to the lowest beak, which has a corresponding magnet inside. The machine in the boxed lifted the electronic magnet a certain distant at the midnight and the lowest beak will drop.

/TEST


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Armor #01

I am very interested in footware industry and this design is what I submitted for Fueling the Future of Footwear Class held by Pensole. I didn't win the competition but during the design process I had learned a lot. Shoes are the armor for our feet, this is my concept for this footware. Inspired by japanese armor and paper folding art, this stylish sneaker is extremely simple but unique.

ARMOR+PAPER FOLDING+ CITY LIFE STYLE

/INSPIRATION


/IDEATION


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ZURE

Formula E Design Championship is a design competition originated from ACCD. E refers to elasticity. Participant designs and builds a rubber band racer and controls it race on 3 different types of tracks. In June 2015, other three BIT students and I represented BIT competing in Formula-E Design Championship(China). Our team name is Azure, I was in charge of branding development. We won the sixth place on total points and the second place on branding.

ZURE


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Portable Bluetooth Speaker


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