Based on feedback received on your proposal, prepare a revised concept statement or question along with a set of design values. When starting a research based project, it is important to consider: 
What are you studying? Why? What do you hope to accomplish through this study?

I am creating a interactive calligraphy system because I want to find out how to attract people to retrieve traditional culture in order to understand how can traditional elements combine with modern technology and reborn. Young Chinese generation is strange with Chinese calligraphy culture; since they are so familiar with using keyboard and seldom pick up a pen, much less writing calligraphy.

I used to learning Chinese calligraphy for 8 years. As far as I am concerned, Chinese calligraphy is a very important cultural heritage. The specialty of Chinese calligraphy is that not only the aesthetics of words, the meaning behinds words can reflect on the audience’s emotion.

I want to redesign the process of calligraphy, and explore the connection between audience and artwork, or even calligraphy and society.


Write 3 sentences that articulate the context, intention and impact of your work:

Chinese calligraphy culture has gradually declined in presence Chinese society; besides, many foreigners are interesting with Chinese calligraphy but they can not understand the meaning behind the words directly. I am thinking about a interactive calligraphy installation that can visualize the writing process. It is able to transform the invisible strength and speed into shan shui painting. Through this approach, we can have a novel way to view Chinese traditional calligraphy culture.


Context: what are your areas of inquiry, what are you studying, and why?
Intention: what do you plan to make, and why? How is this making a response to your inquiry?

My areas of inquiry are Chinese calligraphy, Chinese ink painting, interactive technology, and data visualization. Because I think the beauty of calligraphy is not limited to the outcome, the process of writing is the essential part of calligraphy. However, it is hard to present the process basing on calligraphy artwork itself.

There is a Chinese idiom used to describe calligraphy’s vigour: 力透紙背(lì tòu zhǐ bèi)
It means one’s forceful strokes penetrate to the back of paper, and it seems to enter three-tenths of an inch into the timber.

I want to record the process of writing and use the data to create a new outcome besides the words. With this approach, the user is able to experience the dynamic variety of strokes, and appreciate the strength and beauty of calligraphy.


Impact: what is the goal of your project, why is it important, and why should we care?

I want to let Chinese young generation and foreigners see the beauty beyond calligraphy’s  paper artworks.  A famous Taiwanese calligrapher ,Yang Tze Tong, has said, “Calligraphy is a planar art, but its essence and complexity is not restricted to paper or ink; therefore, the possibility for it to obtain volume and escape the paper surface should exist.” Besides, I also want to show that traditional calligraphy art can reborn. It is a modern art as well.


Accompanying your statement or question is a set of design values. These are the characteristics you want your thesis project to embody, and for those experiencing to engage with and/or feel. Design values are useful tools for helping us stay on track with our goals for our projects. In the first draft of your design values, write a sentence or two for as many of the following as you can. By the end of the semester, you should have a solid list of design values in place to guide the production and polish of your project.

  1. Who is it for?
    Chinese young generation and foreigner
  2. Where do they encounter it?
    Museum or exhibition
  3. When do they experience it?
    When they are curious about Chinese calligraphy
  4. What are they doing while experiencing it?
    They will pick up a pen and write a word. 
  5. What does the project ask of its audience?
    Experience the process by writing a word in person.
  6. What do you want the audience to take away from their experience?
    Calligraphy’s beauty is not only the outcome on the paper, but also the process. Besides, calligraphy can have lots of different possibilities.
  7. What are some adjectives around how the project will make its audience feel?
    Surprised, interesting, curious, encouraging