a person who invents or is particularly fond of using gadgets.
This semester-long project focuses on a word chosen from a list of words given by my instructor: Gadgeteer. Based on that word, I had to create a 2D, 3D, 4D, and Experimental graphic pieces, followed by the process behind each one of them. As I brainstormed my ideas, I tried to find a balance between form and function, in which not only such ideas should be strong conceptually, they should be applicable to real-world problems. Gadgets are made to solve problems, and generally, they should make someone's life easier.
By acknowledging the fact that my sister in law was expecting a baby with my brother by the end of the university's semester, I decided to dedicate this project to them, of which ended up having their first daughter on May 9, 2017 (1 day before this project is published here on Behance!). Like other new parents, taking care of a baby is not easy. Thus, I tried to make their life easier, through making fun yet useful products. After hours of brainstorming, dozens of ideas, hundreds of hours, and numerous sleepless nights at school and home, this series of projects is finally born!
2D: 10 Activities to Prepare for Parenthood Cards
These satirical cards hope to help new parents to prepare for parenthood. By using some points from an article written by Michelle Horton, these cards represent the common struggles new parents usually face, particularly during the baby's first few months. I try to minimize using gender-specific colors and to make all the projects as gender-neutral as possible. Through engaging and fun visuals, they can be used as a way to start a solid preparation before the baby arrives.
Experimental Graphic: Interactive Augmented Congratulatory Card
Being new to interactive designs, this project made me experimented the world of augmented reality and explored its software. The possibilities are endless! This interactive greeting card is meant to be sent to them the day their baby is born.
This card is interactive! Try it yourself. Download the app here:
After downloading the app, scan the postcard below from your screen:
4D: Instructional Video on How to Assemble the Diaper Bag Insert
Having an interest in motion graphics, I created a fun instructional\ video of how the product that I made works. Both my brother and her wife is living thousands of miles away from me, therefore a video that can be accessed both through the web and by scanning the greeting card shown above will help them understand the product easier. Fun fact: the animations were made in Photoshop and exported to Premiere Pro for editing. Yup, I didn't use After Effects for this at all! #creativethinking
3D: Kanken Diaper Bag Detachable & Customizable Insert (+ a Changing Pad!)
I remembered my brother once said to me that his wife wanted to have a Kanken bag as their baby's diaper bag. This became a strong reason why I decided to create this insert. Choosing diaper bags can be tricky, and most of the time, they are not fashionable and bulky. Kanken bags, on the other hand, are light, water resistant, prevents back problems and trendy at the moment. Their wide opening at the front also is appealing and seems perfect for a diaper bag.
This insert is versatile, detachable and customizable. Once the child is all grown up, it can be used as a camera bag or a regular bag without the insert.
The Story Behind Your Gifts Printed on a Blanket as a Memory of a Lifetime
I knew that for my reflective process I did not want to plainly create a book/publication. By keeping the idea of making something useful in mind, I decided to compile my story of creating all of these projects to a blanket that can be re-washed and re-used multiple times. The Story Behind Your Gifts consists of my weekly diaries about my explorations, struggles, mental breakdowns, and creative thoughts, starting from week 1 to 13. I wrote these stories weekly as if I'm talking to my brother & his wife's daughter; as if she's the one who's reading the blanket.