[Week 11] Meaning / Narrative – Presence / Awareness

ASSIGNMENT: Take a narrative structure and translate it into an object. What stories do objects tell? What is the story your object is telling?

Every word has its own story which is the meaning. For example, “Book” is a number of pieces of paper. However, a person who does not know the word “Book” or does not know English might not expect the story of the word only with its shape.  I would like to express the meaning of each word with typo design.

  1. Book  (N. A book is a number of pieces of paper, usually with words printed on them, which are fastened together and fixed inside a cover of stronger paper or cardboard. Books contain information, stories, or poetry, for example.)

If “K” is rotated its direction, it looks like open books. I changed “K” to hardcover and papers.

2. Crush (V.  To crush something means to press it very hard so that its shape is destroyed or so that it breaks into pieces.)

I wanted to express the movement that the word expressed. I changed the direction of “C” and made it bold to give heavy weight to it. Then I used a relatively  thin font for the remain letters and put all of them on the right edge of the layout to make “Rush” squeezed by heavy “C”.

3. Over (PREP. If one thing is over another thing or is moving over it, the first thing is directly above the second, either resting on it, or with a space between them.)

The below picture is the image when I think about “Over”. I used an invisible bar to express the word and made the tail of “R” is over the bar.

A/D/O visiting _ Greenpoint urban vehicle

In the last week, our class visited A/D/O in Greenpoint to see the project of AA( Architectural Association School of Architecture) students from London.

It was a great opportunity to see a new perspective of students in the different field and studying in different continent represent vehicle and place. Of course, there was a constraint of the short time to understand a place thoroughly, but the process how they explore the place and collect information from it was very interesting and impressive.  For me, the process itself are as important as the result. And sometimes I believe that the process is much important than the result. Because we could see how artists put their philosophy on a concept and the way of execution, so the process could be an art piece itself. I feel this project was that kind of artwork we could follow their journey of the process.

In terms of fabrication, the vehicle was huge and overwhelming. It was created to fulfill its function and the shape of itself looked interesting. I was not sure the pen on the vehicle was needed, I knew that it was for collecting the air, but it seemed like unnecessary to collect air. But I felt the idea to install a camera on the top of it was brilliant because it could capture the scenery through the vehicle drove.

[Week 7] Materiality / Material Culture

This week, I made my own material. I was curious that I could paint with make up product on a paper because putting on make up is a kind of drawing on a face.

First, I mixed powder blush and make up remover. The remover consists of water and oil, I expect it could melt powders.


But it was not like my expectation. I decided to use more sticky material. This time, I mixed a lipstick and a toothpaste. 

My next attempt was mixing a lipstick and powder. I was curious the color of power could be changed to the lipstick’s color.

It looked like incoherent flour and was not good for painting. It needed some liquid, so I added the make up remover a little bit.


Here are the color and texture of mixed materials. First two are the combination of the lipstick and toothpaste. It took a lot of time to dry. The las two are the combination of lipstick, powder and make up remover. It looked not bad after it was dried.


Exploring new materials were playful, but finding a perfect one I really like was not that easy. Each material has its own characteristic and the it was hard to be merged into another one. I thought it was like human beings in some way.