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Michael Tsang

New York, United States

Product Design

Member since September 08, 2008

  • My Design Criteria



    Aesthetics and Functionality: Form, color, texture, and material are the central elements when it comes to the aesthetics of a design. The first visual impression is crucial for the customers to be attracted to your product over the others. Apart from the initial sighting in form, the function or practicality of the products should be examined and compete with other substitutes; Consumers nowadays have much higher expectation due to a wider range of available choices. They prefer products that are not only visually attractive and functional, but also durable.

    Communication: The mass production of a design allows certain messages to be carried from the designer to consumers. For those who choose to buy the design with the messages embedded indeed resonate to the package as a whole, the buying decision would be the feedback of the messages carried. In my case, the message would be cultural awareness, as stated in my thesis. A successful product would be an effective way for its message to reach a large and diverse consumer-base.

    Usability and Ergonomics: Ergonomics is the study of people’s efficiency in their active environment, be that work or leisure. It is an important criteria that designers must grasp during the research process on targeted end-users. To create a product that stands out from the substitutes, it requires analyzing, black/white-box testing, and problem-solving. These researches and associated developments would contribute to the usability of the final prod...

  • Mapping Revisited



    High technology: high technology is being involved during the design and production process. The Panton Chair is produced by using cold-pressed, fiberglass reinforced polyester with the use of a mold. It is the first chair to be made in one piece entirely from synthetic material. Recycled Material: To use recycled materials to create a creative and interesting product. A rag chair is layered from the contents of 15 bags of used rags. Ergonomics: To design a product according to human needs base on the research such as measurement etc. The Panton chair is produced based on a human’s body form and structure. Education: A product that educates the users. The rag chair and recycled paper stool are furniture, they also encourage users to reuse / recycle materials. Mass Production: To produce in a large quantity and to get more people to recognize and pay attention to this specific product. Sustainable: Environmentally used. The Bird’s nest stadium’s green features include a rainwater collection system, a translucent roof that provides essential sunlight for the grass below, and a natural, passive ventilation system. Low Production Cost: Made in China? Also, whether the products are easily to be produced, for example, the designer uses the compression technique to make the recycled paper puff chair / table. Affordable: A reasonable price that people can afford to purchase it. Iphone has reduced their price from $399 to $199.

  • HYmini Intersection 2



    HYmini is a device that makes use of the wind power to recharge it's integrated battery, and turn into a portable charger to charge almost all 5V digital devices. User can collect energy to the device when charging in motion, simply attach to his bicycle or armband to make good use of energy while running or biking. Another power source is from the solar panel that receive solar energy and transfer to HYmini. HYmini is a green product that does not need to change batteries, which eliminate the disposable of batteries problem. I was thinking if Hymini installs in the gadgets, and users do not have to worry about running out of battery. It would be an incredible product if you can just shake the gadgets continuously and battery will be restored. I believe this is a great product, but I am not sure if this is a functional product. To be honest I would rather put this in my bag (and to absorb energy through my bag) rather that holding it in you hand swing it around (it takes almost 4 hours to charge this device, that basically tell me to run for 4 hours to fully charged) So, i think the turbine can be eliminate and I prefer the solar panel for best use. However, HYmini's design is very simple and user-friendly, it also helps to promote the idea of using solar energy and motion as the battery source, which is very eco-friendly as well!

  • Mapping Design Criteria



    Rag Chair by Tejo Remy (Droog Design)

    • Formal Criteria: A chair is layered from the contents of 15 bags of rags (upcycled rags). (2) The rags along with a steel strip structure and re-used ply wood to make the chair to stay in shape. The dimension is 60 X 60 X 100 cm.
    • Functional Criteria: A chair that made use of reused materials.
    • Ethical Criteria: The idea of reusing materials in a new way and involving the user of this product to create something unique. It arrives ready made but the user has the option to recycle their own discarded clothes to be included in the design. Tejo makes use of rags that people normally throw away, to design an original and interesting looking chair. While each chair would be different.(1)
    • Cost Criteria: US$5, 500. Probably upper class can afford to purchase this piece. I believe it is not necessary to purchase this piece, but I admire the idea of recycling your own things and create something interesting, instead of throwing them away.

    References: 1) 2)

    Panton Chair by Verner Panton

    • Formal Criteria: The organic Panton Chair is produced by using cold-pressed, fiberglass reinforced polyester with the use of a mold. It is the first chair to be made in one piece entirely from synthetic material, pushing plastic’s potential to create a chair that was literally all made of one piece. Nowadays, these chairs are made of flexible...

    Problem: Due to globalization, the rapidly changing world has become homogeneous especially in the developing countries, people seem to have forgotten and neglected their own culture and history. Product design, especially those of being mass produced, are standardized and lacking characteristic in terms of both form and function; one can no longer establish a connection in any cultural aspect.

    Missionary: To promote a stronger sense of cultural design that integrated into the craftsmanship; this should raise the awareness of one’s cultural sense and reintroduce appreciation anew. Areas that I want to focus on are Hong Kong and China.

    Bibliography Research:

    • Articles:

    BusinessWeek. “Good Design, Good Business in China.” BusinessWeek Architecture Section. April 21, 2008. Available on:

    CHINESE. (2005). In Cassell’s Peoples, Nations and Cultures. London: Cassell. Sept 28, 2008, Available on

    Dini, Lamberto and Wolfensohn, James. “Let’s Start Taking the benefits of cultural Identity Seriously.” International Herald Eribunne. Oct 6, 1999. Available on:

    Dubner, Stephen. “What Will Globalization Do to Languages?” The New York Times. May 28, 2008. Available on

  • Bench2_001_177_

    I have never thought of "a chair+ a( duck-legged )chair+ a chair+ a chair+ a chair+ a chair ⇒ a bench". It's a design by Sschemata. This piece totally inspires me for my furniture recycling project, because a very simple concept actually turns into and eco-friendly design. I asked myself why can't we use recycled furniture and turn into some kind of outdoor furniture? Imagine all the green benches replace by these broken chairs. It is a good opportunity to reuse them and produce something useful by reusing them. Damaged parts can be replaced other broken part, it is easy build one if you are willing to spend some time on it / imagination.

  • Cultural Awareness



    In today’s society, it is inevitable for one culture to influence the other. People from the eastern countries are overwhelmed by the western cultures and after a few generations, they would have neglected their own cultures and have indulged themselves in a different culture. It is rare to learn that people would show appreciation to their own culture. I have no right to comment on this as I belong to the ones who have a slight tinge of understanding of the Chinese culture and heritage. During my summer internship at G.O.D, a Hong Kong based furniture and home-made goods company which focuses on local design and exploration of Chinese heritage. I have never come across with any local designers prior to my internship. In my entire life, I have always developed an admiration for products which are not designed locally. During my internship, I was instructed to design products which could represent our Hong Kong culture but I was totally clueless. I was ashamed of being ignorant, and I believe that this would be a good opportunity for me to learn more about my family background, Chinese culture, traditions and etc. I am hoping to bring these patterns, shapes, prints and forms into my thesis as well as to be able to conduct a thorough research on the Hong Kong culture. I believe this opportunity would enable me to better understand the Chinese culture and to help people to promote their own culture with appreciation. I had a discussion with Len Mayer on how people have less inte...

  • Recycling Furniture



    It has come to my attention that there is a lot of old / damaged furniture lying on the streets. I would collect some of the nice antique furniture on the streets for the purpose of recycling and would consider alternative ways to reuse the old furniture. I decided, in my thesis project, to change the original furniture into something new which allows people to reuse / recycle the old furniture instead of disposing them. We have to ensure things that we recycle. I think the idea of education are essential, to nurture people the right way to recycle unused furniture. From previous projects such as Racey and Ameila’s recycling furniture projects, I think it solves the problem of reusing wooden materials to recreate a new piece of usable and exciting piece of furniture, and to encourage people to recycle furniture. However, the problems raised in the projects, they weren’t easy to construct. A lot of people do not have the skills or ability to do it by themselves. It could be time-consuming and a long hard process to remake the damaged furniture without appropriate facilities, some people would rather dispose the furniture and consume a new piece. Michael Whitney, a very inspirational designer whom collects abandoned objects and furniture, and recreate new functional objects. ( in all, I would like to educate the people the idea of recycling furniture with proper instructions on maintenance. Moreover, I want to explore further on the different ty...

  • to reuse and to recreate.

    Environment, Industrial Design



    Communication, Industrial Design


    Group members: Lee Winfield, Shintaro Monden, Michael Tsang

    Tessera Decomposition

    Christian John NFP: INEE (Inter Agency Network for Education in Emergencies), IRC (international Rescue Committee


    Help Iraqi children with trauma caused by the violence they were exposed to, war casualties and fleeing their homes.

    Christian’s solution

    Design a puzzle game made out of ceramics where the parts carry family member’s names to start up a conversation between the family elders and other relatives and the young children suffering from trauma.

    Our take

    As a group, we appreciated the effort to try to create a sense of family and community by opening up the conversation between the different age groups. However, we feel that the game is not challenging enough for all age groups and would get boring after played various times. We accept it as an ‘ice breaker’, a first attempt to start a conversation and play an enjoyable game in harsh conditions. At the same time, we feel that its benefits are very short term ones and would not assist the children in their lives as a whole.

    Christian chose ceramics for the game pieces as it is a rather cheap, natural resource found in the middle east. However, we doubt the actual local manufacturing of this game in the local community. We also are concerned with the usage of the game pieces as weapon due to their weight, fragility and sharpness.

    The usage of local ornamentation is an important part of the design. We agree with...

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design