Design Release

Design Release featuring great design, architecture, fashion, graphics and innovation from across the globe.

 

The Urban Serene

The self-service library station at HK Cultural Centre is the second station launched in Hong Kong, which provide 24-hours borrow and return service to the public. It takes reference from the unique architectural features of the HK Cultural Centre. The modern and minimal design brings highlight to the left-over space and provides a comfortable and functional library station to the public. The design will serve as a prototype for library stations at other districts with insertion of different materials and transparencies into the generic structural frame to suit various site conditions.

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Stacha

Stuttering affects as many as 1 in 100 adults, or 70 million people worldwide. Stuttering is a disorder defined by a broken pattern of speech, either by the repetition of syllables, prolongation of words, or extended pauses. STACHA permits wearers to experience a stuttering-like sensation by sending a faint and thankfully painless, current of electricity through the larynx, which then constricts the muscles in the throat, making it difficult to properly pronounce words. From this experience, general people can get an understanding and empathy for stuttering people.

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Alphathreat

Over 420 million children live in war-ravaged countries today. Their world is one of destruction, desolation and despair - something that's entirely unimaginable in peaceful countries. Directed at parents in peaceful countries, Alphathreat sheds light on the atrocities that these children are subjected to. It reimagines the English alphabet to achieve this. With a spread dedicated to each letter of the alphabet, Alphathreat highlights the plight of these children. Each spread consists of an illustration that resembles a letter, a nursery rhyme and a fact tying them together.

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Uncomfortable Immersion

This project explores the way that Western society deals with grief; especially in adolescents. It considers the emotional complexities within grief and the socio-cultural misconceptions. Personal autonomy was strongly encouraged in their grief journey, using Human-Centred Design. A grief book was created to guide the bereaving to construct ritual objects, which help the adolescent process and comprehend at their own pace, while maintaining important metaphysical relationships with the deceased in the form of tangible reminders of the deceased through their handwriting onto crafted objects.

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Next Kimono

Next Kimono platform is not only product but also has a role as social design to solve 2 social issue: Disappear Japanese traditional kimono culture and Lost high sewing technique for Japanese and Western. For easy to take kimono in daily life, it consists of 3 items. People wear both fullset as kimono and single with their usual outfit as daily clothes. As a trigger to wear it in world's daily life, Next Kimono makes demand for traditional one and jobs at fair wages for sewing factory. Final goal of Kuden is employment of disabled people include CEO's son.

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Sign of Care

Imagine how many years the traffic signs have never been updated to nowadays situations. Introducing Never-before-Seen Virtual Traffic Signs created to reflect those challenging behaviors to road safety that need drivers/riders’ attentions. A tiny symbol of people has also been put into some designs to help create powerful and deep meaning. We hope when you see it, you’ll drive safely for both yourself and for the ones who care you. And when you share it, it's possible that you could help minimize the road accidents or even save people's life.

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