Collection: Part 3

Research File




Why seniors prefer colorful clothes? - ZHIHU

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1. They look plainer than young people, so they need the color of clothing to make them more active

2. They experience a lot and remain the temperament of simple and pale, and colorful dressings make them look better

3. Lead others to focus more on the colorful clothing and reduce the existence of their defects.

4. To make themselves more active unconsciously, by just watching the colorful patterns.





The history of design in any field.

A collection of printing and collaging experimentations. Each page has its unique text alignment and composition.

Apple Powerbook 150, with an old-school and humble shape

it reminds me to go further on the way to seek old products, which came up in the same periods with the seniors and have the similar "personalities" with them.

"Radio in a bag"

such a novel idea!

keep the essential objects and change another appearance, which is more interesting and it could also teach people of the inner structure of this product.



Guangzhou is a subtropical city located in southern China. And I guess that is why many males in GZ prefer to roll up their tops in summer. On the other hand, Guangzhou is also a "nice" city, which means that it is full of nice and casual people, which is the opposite of cautious and indifference. Guangzhou becomes more like home in summer.

Most old generation people in China wears fake products without feeling shame. Mainstream comment is taking charge of blaming them or feeling shame for them. But what I want to say is that most of them are innocent for that. In addition, some producers did produce creative, funny, lovely fakes. And sometimes innocent brings surprises.

Sleeping is important to everyone. In the magical cities like Guangzhou, you are allowed to sleep wherever and whenever you want. But what is more important is that you are supposed to figure out how can you sleep in your current situation. Above are some creative people sleeping in their original methods.

Plastic is everywhere! From container to tool, from transparent to color, from fire ballon to ping-pong ball. There is no doubt that it could be widely used on our body in daily life as well as in fashion. And it seems that Chinese is the pioneer.

Original styling designs can be easily found on the street in Guangzhou. When it is found in the old generation, it looks more novel and mysterious. They don't need any fashion tendency to guide them what to wear, they just know how to present themselves with their unique instinct.



- Painting textures by lines and colors

- Irregular patterns mixed with geometric figures

- Create a feeling of spaciousness by changing the colors and shapes

- Repeat the same elements (hand)

- Line figures overlap the color-blocks

- Full layouts

- Saturated color matching

- The outer frame can build a solemn vibe

- Putting interesting pattern or important information into the thick outer frame is a novel method

Kiyoshi Awazu, Japanese, 1929–2009.


"The self-taught painter and designer Kiyoshi Awazu was an acclaimed avant-garde graphic designer in post-war Japan. His designs often advocate social issues. In Awazu’s early career, he created a large number of advertising posters for cinema, including movies created by Nikkatsu, a film company where he previously worked as a designer. He later expanded his practice to urban design and art direction for film and theater projects in collaboration with other creators. Awazu’s works often reflect his ideology of anti-Japanese modernism. Unlike his contemporaries, who appreciated the simplicity and a minimalistic approach to their designs, Awazu often employed representative figures and expressive typography, which were suggestive of the chaotic reality of rapid economic growth in post-war Japan."





Pixel art



A-Inn and Tanaka Brothers



Online course video - Heng Liu

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Object selection:

The visuality strengths of images are generally based on the following order:



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Image crop:

The visuality strengths of images with different crops are generally based on the following order:



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Image composition:

  •   LEFT --> RIGHT





Alexandra Leese, Boys of Hong Kong (2018).

 "Alexandra Leese introduces us to the new generation of Hong Kong boys deviating from the toxic tropes of masculinity."

 This collection shows me a new way to observe the world. There is no need to travel around the world to collect enough inspiration. The most reliable materials are always come from the place we are familiar, where maybe we have lived for a long time and left precious memories. All we need to do is just to be more curious about"your place".



Wonjun Jeong 





 Reiko Suto, Textile designer




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Alexandra Leese and Luke Casey, Hong Kong taxi drivers for Helmut Lang (2018).


This collection of videos and photos show the close relationship between the brand and normal people. It shows the charm of the brand by telling stories of people who have the similar personality with it. The action is novel and brave because it shortens the distance from people and uses another unregular way to draw consumers. At the same time, this action makes the brand positioning and style more specific and distinct.



Ada Chen, Made in Chinese America (2018).

Her collections were about "giving Asian-Americans a voice". I found it inspired because I have the similar experience, and her method of transmitting feelings to objects is really interesting.

" I met friends here who are black and very proud of who they are, and I was like, ‘How come I don’t feel that way about being Asian or Chinese?’ Coming to terms with my identity, over the years, and finding things to be proud of, it made me want to talk about it. Jewelry was just a craft that I like, so why not integrate my interest in social issues and my love of craft? "




Boris Mikhailov, Case History (1997-1998).

"Boris Mikhailov, born in 1938 in Kharkov, Ukraine lives and works in Ukraine and in Berlin. Case History documents Mikhailov’s perception of social disintegration ensuing from the break-up of the Soviet Union – both in terms of social structures and the resulting human condition. Case History documents the social oppression, the devastating poverty, the harshness and helplessness of everyday life for the homeless."

I am obsessed with the extremely strange feeling from this collection. It is bizarre to us but normal to the specific people and time. I can't believe of some of these pictures, and I can't help guessing the truth behind the images. And I think this kind of power just makes this collection more valuable.



Thinking Eye - Kiyoshi Awazu

Andria Lo & Valerie Luu, Chinatown Pretty (2018).

 "Chinatown Pretty celebrates the street style of seniors living (and grocery shopping) in San Francisco’s Chinatown. "

The seniors bring new dressing ideas to the youth. It sounds ridiculous but I think it is true these days. The fashion trend is always circulating in the history. I think when young people are following the current fashion, their elders are already wearing the next fashion trend. The project Chinatown Pretty could not only remind us of the fabulous vintage style but also evoke us to seek for our unique styles, just like they do.