Week 6: Pigment Lab Process + Long Life Design

October 2, 2019 - Sustainable Systems



There was not much change in the second return to Union Square Park, probably because the interval was shorter. But some subtle changes like weather and type of cloth that people wearing are easy to spot.




I think Nagaoka’s “non-designing” design practices are to keep the original design. To recreate or regenerate products in a way not to think of the newness of a product, towards vintage products. In my own opinion, this kind of design practice must be helpful to the environment and resources. But as time passes, we do need some fresh or outstanding design to change people’s perspective, to come up with new ideas, and to design something different.

This question depends on one individual’s opinion. My opinion on good design is not the same as Nagaoka’s. His ideas will bring some benefits and will be like by some people, but this method has limitations for the design itself. I think a good design should be free, beautiful, and long-lived. It should be from a designer’s most original idea. This design may combine one’s own experiences, thoughts, and feelings and create designs that resonate with people.

I think this idea applies to many countries too. People like to buy something that has special meaning to them, even a meaningful letter or pattern. In recent years, there have been many places and brands that have implemented custom designs that customers can design according to their preferences. For example, the brand – Converse, customers can choose different shoe styles, colors in different parts of the shoe, and add words or letters on the side or back of the shoe. This method not only increases the fun but also allows more people to get the most satisfactory results.

Young people also have significant differences in design preferences. Some people like simple and natural designs, and some people like exaggerate and bright color designs. But creative design always attracts a lot of young people’s attention, such as adding some high-tech elements. Many people will also change with the trend of a specific period.

I agree with this statement. I think that making something with the heart will bring the same feelings to those who buy it. Therefore, in the process of use, it will be more cherished and careful, and it is unwilling to let things destroyed. They hope to preserve it for a long time.

I think this kind of project is exciting and meaningful. The concept of secondary creation allows students to have new experiences and perspectives. Students who are interested in this concept will be beneficial. But at the same time, it is a very time-consuming project for students who are not affected.

If me, as a fashion designer, I will want my design to be long-life design. Something unique but not become forgotten by people in a specific trend period. I want my designs to have a focal point which mostly relates to my feeling and not to focus on questions like would it be a long-life design.

In the Long Life Design Criteria, I think numbers 2 and 7 which are “Planned Production” and “Environment” would be helpful according to climate change because one of the causes is Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Synthetic compounds entirely of industrial origin used in a number of applications, but now largely regulated in production and release to the atmosphere. So if we produce according to regulations and a limited amount, we can reduce emissions or make some corresponding offsets within a controllable range. In any case, the environment should be taken as a severe factor to minimize damage to the environment. The use and production of the product itself do not damage the environment is the best result.

Compared to Dieter Ram’s 10 Principles of Good Design, I would say the Long Life Design Criteria is more in detail, which focuses on a long-live product and the process, also relate to the environment. Dieter Ram’s 10 Principles of Good Design is more general, like a broad summary of what elements consider the good design.




  1. I used Kocuria Rosea and Escherichia Coil because these two colors are very suitable for my design. I also like pink and blue.
  2. I can’t draw some very detailed patterns, or some thin lines, which will affect my overall design and results.
  3. There are two different temperatures, 25 degrees (room temperature) and 37 degrees respectively; time is 24 hours and 48 hours. The higher the temperature, the longer the time, will cause more bacteria to grow.
  4. I used two of LB and two of LB + X-gal.
  5. The time and temperature can be varied, but LB and LB + X-gal must remain stable.
  6. I used toothpicks and paintbrushes. Toothpick to paint my detail part. Paintbrush was to fill bacteria onto the pattern.
  7. I think the paintbrush is easy to use when filling out a specific pattern; toothpick can outline the design. The bead allows the bacteria to spread in the petri dish evenly. I think it is an interesting way, but I didn’t try that.
  8. I used toothpicks for most of the design because it is the thinnest one. I tried to dip as little bacteria as I can and painted carefully.
  9. Yes, but in the process of painting my design, I damaged some of the surfaces of the bacteria. I’m a little bit worried about the result, and I know that alcohol will kill all the bacteria.
  10. I hope the color works well for my design. Because my designs are more small and detailed, so I chose a shorter time at a lower temperature to make sure the bacteria not growing too much. I hope I can see the design clearly, not altogether.
  11. I do enjoy the process of painting with bacteria, even though it is more complicated than I thought. We should have a thinner toothpick or something else for us to paint detail part or thin lines.



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