Make a “thing”

I drew these four pictures and designed this animation to demonstrate what I’m interested in exploring in this class, which are:

Discover all possibilities of a design topic, like traveling around the colorful world;

Design things that are distinguish from the normal, like the unicorn;

Get inspirations as juices flowing, like the whale spouts water  ;

Be confident of various method to get the answer, like the camel always know its ways in the desert.





View of Hudson River outside my window

I always look outside my window while eating meals. The skyline of NYC looks so amazing before the background of the changeful sky. Buildings around WTC never get dim, and everyday the lighting show of The Empire State Building tells people what’s going on around the world. This view is telling stories of NYC.

I have taken photos of it for three seasons. In each season, and even on each time in a day, it’s so different. Below are photos of this week:

1/26/2017 10:29pm Chinese Lunar New Year.

The Spring Festival is the most important holiday in China. Usually I will go back home to spent the whole week with my parents. But this year is the first time that I’m so far away from my parents, and we live in different time zone. I can only make a phone call to tell my parents how much I miss them. Seeing this red tower over Hudson River, I feel warm in my heart, because red color is so classic in Chinese culture, which represents happiness and good luck.

1/27/2017 6:46am The golden era.

Sunrise is shining behind the metropolis. Deep blue and shining orange make a strong contrast. The golden sunlight and golden building light arouse my energy for a brand new day. 

1/28/2017 6:53am seabird’s singing

Today’s document is a little later than yesterday. The sky become bright just in a sudden. There’re a lot of early birds flying around this area. The logs in the sea are their perfect habitat. The city and birds live in a harmony. 

1/29/2017 7:02am Wake up.
The international icon of the New York skyline, the Building’s tower lights doesn’t light up yet. I seldom see the city looks such quiet. Little star lights on the buildings are telling us the city just wake up. The color of the sky is soft. I feel peace in heart.

1/30/2017 4:19pm Sweet caramel.

Today’s manhattan is covered with sweet caramel during sunset. The color of light reflect from the glasses gives the building a new vivid style. Sometimes it shine out with great brilliancy. But this kind of amazing view disappeared quickly. The sun is gradually sinking below the horizon, about ten minutes later, darkness covered the city.  

1/31/2017 5:32pm Snow

Today is special. Big snow just stopped in the afternoon. White snow covered the city. Sky and sea both present a romantic blue. I never the sea surface as peace as today’s snow night.

2/1/2017 6:40am

This morning, dark clouds are hanging over the city, the sky seems like deep grey purple. Buildings are still in darkness, so the light emitting out from the windows looks clearly, but not as bright as last night.

2/2/2017 7:34am

This morning is cloudless. When I woke up, the sun has already appeared on the horizon. Two ships are moving far away on the horizon. Since the world has became bright, lights in the building and all the environment has merged together. The building tones in well with the surroundings.


Make a “thing”

I really want to make a night-light for my parents, which is a motion sensor light and make a connection between bedroom and bathroom. Because my parents are getting old, but I’m far away from home. I always think about what I can do for them although I’m absent from their daily life. Consider the scene that when they get up and go to the toilet at night, a lamp on the bedside table is not enough to illuminate all the way from bed to bathroom. For their convenience and safety, a motion detectable night-light is necessary.

Its function includes:

  1. Activate only when it is dark and when motion is detected.
  2. Auto-off after 25 seconds of no motion detected.
  3. Easy to charge.
  4. Bright enough but comfortable for eyes at night.

Here is my first step of the night-light: