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  • Intersection 1

    Community, Industrial Design


    Intersection 1

    Camboo is a really mature thesis project by Vivian Lam. Starting from how she included the community involvement and the whole process of learning and getting the product out into production that will further benefit the local communities. There is nothing that I will further suggest her to improve on the project. What I would like to add on to the project is another new line of product Camboo+ for furniture. By still keeping the weaving technique but challenge the community with building frames for furniture pieces.

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    The first image, this is a physical idea and concrete approach that a patient who needs wheelchair is able to stand and do something by himself or herself. The point is they can do something beyond disadvantages and be more close to others. The second image is more advanced technology used. This wearable support suit enables a patient do same as other people. However, those items solve just physical disadvantages of them. The true problem is communication between people involves care people and patients. One fact of their issues is miscommunication or no-communication. For example, a wheelchair is one of product that is in between patient and care person. There is a conversation while they are walking, this is good communication to grow their relationship. However, if one of two do not want to talk to anyone or cannot talk, one huge gap would appear between them. Looking into their daily tasks, a care person help patient’s tasks such as wearing, eating, going restroom, and walking around, but basically those tasks do not need conversation, in other words, “just doing their daily job”. This might be no problem for ordinary people, however, this is such a huge problem for those care people and patients. From my previous posting ’one story of my thesis’, one guy who is working mental hospital is claiming this “just doing their daily job”. This is not only for mental hospital, but also other care facilities, miscommunication influences even care people and both of their mental h...

  • Second Possible Issue / Problem

    Education, Industrial Design


    Second possible issue/problem areas

    A. Identify possible issue/problem areas for your thesis project that you have passion for

    To help the children who have impaired problems to develop their motor skills earlier in their brain developing stage and further encourage increased physical movement. And connect parents and their children together.

    B. What’s the context/understanding you have about the issue/problem?

    Children who have any kinds of impair problems usually have multiple problems. For example: a visually impair children will more likely to have a hearing impair as well.

    Compare to a healthy infant, the impair children’s development are much slower, also a fully blind infant tends to sit by themselves.

    C. Identify initial ideas or existing products for addressing this problem by product design

    A project done by Eddie Shao-Hsien Chiu for his thesis, for “A good Life 3 – Parsons The New School for Design” designed a toy for improving the motor skills of children with cerebral palsy.

    D. What’s the premise/reasoning that makes your solution idea a viable response to the problem?

    A new toy to connect parents and children together, this toy will let the parent forget about all the stress and lead the children to become more outgoing.

    E. Identify who is most affected by your issues. How they will benefit from your thesis idea?

    Parents who have impair children. The parents will benefit by understanding more about their kids and the children wi...

  • First Possible Issue / Problem

    Community, Industrial Design


    First possible issue/problem areas

    A. Identify possible issue/problem areas for your thesis project that you have passion for

    I want to reduce poverty, decreasing dead rate and providing a better and healthier community for the poor.

    B. What’s the context/understanding you have about the issue/problem?

    Around 2.8 billion people, more than half of the people in developing countries live on less than $2 per day. Of these, 1.2 billion people live on less than $1 a day. These are not the only problems in the developing countries, over 10 million women and children in developing countries still dying every year. To help them with their daily life and further developed a better health program will be needed.

    C. Identify initial ideas or existing products for addressing this problem by product design

    A project “Camboo” done by Vivian Lam for her thesis “A Good Life 5 – Parsons The New School for Design” addressing the problem of helping the community to earn more money in Cambodia. Cambodia has rich natural resources, and good woven technique. By analyzing the possibilities of their local technique and local materials. Vivian Lam design the whole new opportunity for the local to wove lighting fixtures. She’s first targeting on the local business than further targeting globally. This project will help the people from Cambodia to get more profit from the project itself.

    Water is a really important resource for people around the world, not only for ag...

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    The first issue that I thought for my thesis project is child obesity. According to the article,, the percentage of obese children has doubled in the last 30 years in America. The cause of child obesity is from lack of exercise from watching TVs, and playing Video games, and life style of parents that if a child has both working parents, he or she suffers from eating disorder. Also child obesity causes other dieses such as heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, diabetes and some cancers and the child may suffer from mental illness. One of the products from Fisher-Price, the Smart Cycle, insist that it is designed to help prevent child obesity. The Smart Cycle has is consist of a bike with a pedal and children can simply pedal away watching image of a moving road on television. However the controversy over this product is that is it really for the children or is it for lazy parents who are one of the causes of child obesity. Children who are suffering from obesity and also the parents who are worried about their children’s health are most affected by my thesis idea. I would like to work with community members who concerns about children health and parents with children who have obesity.
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  • Sedentary Tendency



    Problem: Mental and physical well being declines as a result of sedentary habits.

    Solution: Physical therapy for an Increasingly sedentary lifestyle

    Context: With more technology comes ease of production, however those technologies take form, as objects with weight.A walking commuter needs strength and endurance to carry his/her essentials. If ill maintained the body may fatigue easily, causing muscle pain, headaches, and physical distress.

    Initial Ideas: Teach the mind, core training exercises which improve balance and physical dexterity

    Parallel to mental and physical well being Routine Exercise Discipline Health schema Health Story

    INTERSECTION Sedentary life vs. Utility

    Incorporate play into daily activity

    You don’t have to go to the gym to work out

    Its success is it’s simplicity. It is used as needed.

  • to reuse and to recreate.

    Environment, Industrial Design


  • Bee Dissapearances



    Last summer, I had chance to watch documentary about bee disappearing. This documentary quite stroked me because I didn’t know how much bees have direct impact on human beings. The alarm was first sounded last autumn, but has now hit half of all American states. The West Coast is thought to have lost 60 per cent of its commercial bee population, with 70 per cent missing on the East Coast. Albert Einstein said, “If the bees disappeared, man would have only four years of life left”. Researchers said this is still mystery but they are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer. As this is not yet stated as solved problem, there are not much of product design directly relates to this topic. However, as this is direct matter between environment and human, people will recognize and know this serious issue. If I work on this problem, I like to work with some NFP groups that working on this issue such as “The Bee Tree”. Still, I need to explore more on this problem, and figure out what kind of product can help this issue.

  • Family portrait



    I think every family has their own issues even if they look happier than mine. As there are increasing households that have both working parents and children who don’t come out of their room, family time and conversation are seriously decreased. Therefore, negative energy, such as disagreement or anger, between each member of family is increased. Especially, when the relationship between both parents is not in a good shape, children suffer from their parents and inhabit anger. I like to help these urban children and family by giving positive energy and managing anger. I think groups like American Association of Anger Management Providers can help to figure out product that can be relate to this issue.

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