Studio: inspiration board



Final Project


Inspiration board:


My inspiration is form counterfeit, most people purchase counterfeit in order to fill their vanity, I want to create a sculpture to express the feeling of people’s vanity, and how nothingness it is.Also I wanted to express this fact in different ways, therefore, I got some different ideas. I also don’t want this project to be superficial.

My research paper is about counterfeit effect Chinese home grown designers. I want my project be displayed in a “fashion” way, it can related to my topic. Also, since the counterfeit has many characteristic, I want to show them in my project.


This is the idea I like most, and most experimental.

I want to create this accessory as part of Chinese young designer group, and explain counterfeit in my own way.

Actually counterfeit is made form cheap material, but gives people the feeling of wealthy. I want to show this characteristic on my project, my work is make by receipt, which is a very cheap material, but the dramatic and abstract look of the hat gives people the feeling of wealthy and fills people’s vanity.

I want to show my work in a sentimental way , counterfeit is a protection to people, it hides the inferiority of people, and fills with vanity.

Subway problem solve model


Subway problem solving model



My design used to solve overcrowded problem. However, I changed my idea before I make my model. I still want to upgrade the subway train, but not just to solve the overcrowded problem, but also change its environment, make passenger have a safer, bigger, and more comfortable train.


Here is my sketch and ideas.




Design points

  • Pointed head. Make the train faster
  • Electrical energy and maglev train. Safe more energy at the same time be faster.
  • The ground and ceiling are all LED light screen. Make the space visually bigger, provide passenger with more relax environment. Also, save more energy for illuminating the train.
  • Discolored glass large door. It is a strong material, let passengers know how many people inside the train, and at station, so they can move to other door. Easily fit more passengers to get in and out.
  • Door at different place two sides. Help to disperse passengers.
  • Foldable seats. More flexible use of the space, and help to fit more passengers at peak time.



I made this design based on many researches, and I combined some advantages in different cities’ subway systems, and elevate these ideas. For example


  • I inspired by the decoration from Hangzhou’s subway system.
  • The shape and the energy choice of the car is inspired by the maglev train.
  • The seats design reference the New York new subway car’s design.
Here is the process of making the model



I first simply make the model using plastic board


I used different material to make doors and car body, and I used transparent plastic to show the texture of glass.



I add very thin LED to simulate the illumination condition of my design.



I did some changes after talking to the teacher

  • I add one more layer to simulate how the car runs. Also It makes the platform more clear.
  • I add colors on the train to define each part.



I use acrylic to create the feeling of lake, and it will have different effect with the LED light. Also colors have different meanings, so I make a diagram guide.

Diagram guide
  • Green yellow – Safety place for passengers
  • Red – driving cab space
  • black, dark yellow – track


In the contrast, in order to show the light effect, and the feeling of movable photo, I used markers and painted the drawing on plastic paper.

I cut out the car model



For the track, I also used combined and complex color to show the high speed of the subway. Actually, I think the track in the future should be also modern and clean. It should be maglev instead of normal metal track.



Then I connect these two part together.



Here is my final model, and my idea.


subway problems and solutions

Subway problems and solutions


I once saw a photo on the internet, a man hanging between two subway cars in order to leave 157th street station. This station just faced a massive delay, and the whole station are in full capacity. All trains come in the station are full of people, therefore, this guy had to use the last resort to “get in” the train. Passengers overcrowded is always a crucial problem for nyc subway system since this is a system that “takes 8.5 million people to work, school, and to dates on Saturday night”, and a system that promote economic progress( change to data). Overcrowded passengers can cause many problems,  the whole system might paralysis, and more importantly, it might cause many dangers, not just for passengers, but also MTA workers.  MTA has come up with many solutions to solve this problem, one idea  is to upgraded the subway cars. I do think this is one of the most efficient way to solve passengers overcrowded problem.

Here is my sketches 

👆passenger diagram

Ideas of upgrading the car

  1. change the dangerous path between two cars, and create more space for passengers.
  2. change the platform of the whole train,
  3. elevate some equipments.
  4. build bigger doors.




    My inspiration comes from lights in the subway station, I really think all lights in the subway station were considered thoughtfully before place them: the place, the direction, and the color. Therefore, I want to express lights in a new way.



with music

Maps/Diagrams of rooms

First project

Maps/Diagrams of rooms


These are my first draft

Second draft

I made several changes

  1. Clarify the meaning of different elements
  2. Change the layout ( including titles and diagrams)
  3. Clarify locations of rooms.


/Room at NYC/

/Room at Hangzhou/


I want to use similar elements to express different systems. I use different colors to express different smells in my room at NYC, also use different colors to represent different emotions in my room at Hangzhou. The darker places means the feeling or the smell being more fierce. I use a variety of ways to express colors, like using digital ways and water color. Colors blend together at their edges because I think no mater feelings or scents, they are always combined. For lines, the amount of lines represent different things. Lines in my NYC’s room diagram means the level of my emotion, and audiences can compare the level of my feelings clearly. Also in my Hangzhou’s room diagram, curves are in different thickness and amount, because people can distinguish the meaning of each easily in this way.

At last, I found an interesting result when I compared my room at Hangzhou and NYC. I found that I place furnitures in similar places in these two rooms unconsciously. I did this because I have strong emotional connection with my old room, and I am already be familiar with the placement of furnitures. Therefore, I use the red pen to mark the similarities between these two diagrams, also point out the connection between these two rooms.


/Room at Hangzhou/

/Room at UYC/

At last, I wanted to make the diagram be more diverse, so I combined two diagrams at one picture.


Comments about Arakawa’s work

The diagram that I choose is about lemon. The first reason I choose this picture is because Arakawa’s work usually doesn’t be so colorful and abstract like this. There are many questions under the painting, one of them is “How not to think in terms of estimation but to deal with ambiguous zones as basic units”. I think he really obscured the boundaries and standards for people to observe things.  Lemon as a object has many possibilities, but we won’t observe or think about it carefully. We don’t regard things about lemon as a accurate standards normally, I think because we “believe” it is not a unit nor a standard. I think he made this diagram not just to point out the possibilities about lemon, but also question audiences’ “believe”, and let them think about the boundaries which limit their imaginations.