All evaporated water.
UnMonumental is a radio project that aims to uncover stories from forgotten/hidden historical sites in Richmond, VA. It is part of AIR's Localore program. The word 'UnMonumental' is approached from two perspectives. Firstly from the word itself, representing the buried/hidden sites, which is abstracted in the form of a geometric shape; secondly from the surroundings the word implies, which are flowers. The two elements helped form the overall identity system which is applied across various mediums.
Commissioned by independent producer Kelley Libby.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
A rebranding practice for Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The design is derived from the idea of addressing and harmonizing the contrast between the urban scene of Brooklyn and its natural garden, typographically. Four colors simply represent four seasons. During each season only one color will be applied at a time to the identity. For screen displays, the color will change gradually and smoothly according to the time of the year.
All photos used in this project are from BBG's official website.
Virginia Anti-Violence Project
An identity proposal for Virginia Anti-Violence Project, an organization that aims at reducing or eliminating violence within the LGBTQ community. The logomark conveys the idea of surveillance. It is designed to be printed in black on color paper so it's colorful yet economic.
Identity designed for a screening event in which videos were made to investigate the relationship between humans and technology.
Typographic Form Study (Ongoing)
Typefaces were made in various ways to be used in posters and postcards which serve as the documentation of our growth as designers, and in the meantime reflect our thoughts and aesthetic preferences.
Collab. with Jackson Cantor.
Engaging: Issue One
A friend of mine is getting engaged so I want to give him a book as a gift. Since he has been looking at fancy rings online for a while, I would like to bring the lossless ring image down to the earth by juxtaposing images of rings from luxury brands with photographs that I have cropped closely so that the focal point is on hands and gestures in candid environments.
Original photos by Miranda Leung and Cartier.
Crita: Once Upon A Time
I find it amusing to make a book about a made-up island culture that is wild and filled with passion. By curating and organizing pieces of text and images, a fragmented culture is presented through the form of a book. The name Crita simply is derived from the sound of the ancient civilization Crete. I made fake historical records from the date mentioned in the text. Images are created by reshooting found pictures from books or previously developed films of mine. Each of them is overlaid with a seascape photo to reference the idea of the island.
Text is from short stories of Jorge Luis Borges. Original pictures are from photos by Bert Teunissen, Bing Wright, Hiroshi Sugimoto and books The Altered Landscape, Vogue, movies Dirty Harry, Pulp Fiction, Momento and Zardoz.
The Lost Book
It's a book about losing loved ones. I wanted to make a book that is powered by pure emotion. In this book, it is sadness. However, usually in a story, too straightforward an expression could kill its poetic aspect, so in this book, collected materials are blurred and hidden. I wrote a small processing program to blur the images.
Text: Roland Barthes, Mourning Diary. Music Score Sheet: Richard Wagner, Tristan and Isolde, ACT III, Isolda’s Liebestod. Original Image Source: Eiichiro Oda, One Piece (Manga), Chapter 574.
Numbers and Aesop's Fables
This is a book that subverts the hierarchy of content and page numbers. For each section, a style of numbers is drawn, loosely matching the tone of the story. Simultaneously, textual content is set at the bottom of the page in lieu of page numbers.
93 pages, 11*17, laserjet print.
I was fancinated by the patterns in selfie culture. People take photos of similar gestures and compositions, largely due to the physical relationship between the human body and the phone. Even under such constraints and familiar gestures, unexpected and surprising elements still result. This series is created, firstly for fun, secondly as an investigation of internet visual culture.
Orignial selfies were taken from the Internet.
Nose Nose Nose
A story about a monster and its human friends.