Bad Things Happen.
But don't worry nothing is bad afterwards.
Design Wei-Chia Teng
Year September 2016
Photography Yang Wei
Bad Things Happen is a work for a interim show planned by fifty-eight students who met for the first time on the MA Graphic Branding and Identity course. Each student was asked to create a visual response (10*10cm) based on his or her first encounter with a new fellow student. Through the initial contact of talking, listening and observing, the show presents how effectively fifty-eight designers can communicate the essence of another person.
I met Caroline, a girl from Belgium. I struggled initially to get close to her but after a couple of conversations , she was very easy going and very friendly to talk to. During our conversations, she shared a story of herself, which made a big change in her life. “Bad things happen..” she said it with a long pause. It’s a sad story, but she realized that things couldn’t get any worse. , From that moment, Caroline decided to face the difficulties in her life with a sense of humour.
The illustration is Caroline, that I captured while she was smoking outside of school. The way she is smoking is quite funny, I couldn't help but connect it with the sad story that she told me. Nicotine, those harmful substances, as if the shit things happening in our life. Inhaling fully, we cannot get rid of it anyway. With a humorous manner, she tapped the cigarette over the ground with her amusing fingers.
An expandable folding book was designed, to break the restriction of size (10*10cm) and to offer the space for the audience to play with. Turning the title “Bad things happen” into an individual character, each of them encounters a different dilemma—being squeezed, being stuck and falling... Open the book by rotating the pages towards the center, this represents a constant cycle—“Bad things happen,” but don’t worry, nothing is bad after flicking it off like that.
Caroline 是我的創作對象，外表的第一印象看起來有些難以親近，但在攀談幾句後發現她非常隨和，平易近人。Caroline 來自比利時，帶有一點法國口音。她總是笑笑的，時常在一些日常對話裡冒出一則小玩笑，她也提到自己非常愛開玩笑，朋友有時候還會聽不懂她的冷笑話，但她一點也不在意。為了多了解她，課後有時間我就會找她聊個幾句，直到有一次我因好奇，隨口問了一句「怎麼這麼喜歡開這些小玩笑啊？」得到一個有些感傷的小故事，因此 Caroline 看人生的態度也有了一些轉變。
「這些壞事總是會發生」，她語重心長的說。但在此之後，她也了解到最糟的大概也就如此了，之後不會再有更糟的事了，所以她時常用這些小玩笑帶過，來面對之後遇到的大小壞事。Caroline 課後時常跟其他同學一樣站在學校門口，大口的吸著菸。有幾次我坐在學校餐廳，透過窗內觀察著 Caroline，總感覺她吸得特別用力特別大口，還有一個彈菸的小動作特別有趣好笑。每次看著她抽菸，就想起了上次我們的對話，我不禁意地把這個故事與抽菸的她產生了連結。尼古丁這些有害人體的物質猶如人生遇到的大小壞事，大口吸吧，反正逃不掉的。Caroline 用巧妙的姿態，彈掉這些燒後的灰燼，像極了她面對人生的態度。
摺疊書可延展開來的翻頁方式，突破了尺寸上的限制，也給予觀者慢慢摸索的空間。把標題 “BAD THINGS HAPPEN” 變成一個個角色，他們看起來像是遭遇了不同的糟糕事，好比被擠壓、腳被卡住、摔落等際遇。摺疊書展開的方式為向中心內旋轉，也代表一個不斷的循環，壞事總會發生，但不用擔心，像這樣彈掉他們就好了。