Shaoyuan Wang

The projects in Msc Product Design in DJCAD, 2016-2017.

The Locality

“Craft often represents an intensely personal or symbolic relationship with a particular locality. This ‘sense of place’ does, by its very nature, largely defy objective analysis: it is as unique to each person as it is to each locality. ”

– Garima Aggarwal Roy, Craft and Globlisation : A Contemporary Place for Traditional Practices

“The rewarding experience of digging clay, knowing the history of Easter Kincaple Farm and Seafield Brickworks, our love of earthenware pottery and the enjoyment of making gave us the idea to experiment with using the old practise of country pottery as a starting point to put into practise contemporary thinking (for example sustainability, local supplies and the slow movement), with the aim of creating a local, carbon neutral pottery.”

Ceramist Sean


· Local material – Understand the land, care about the land

· Local craftsman – The best people telling the story

· Local environment – The background of the craft


Understanding of the Craft

What is Craft?

Nowadays, it is more difficult to define Craft. There are many pieces of artwork made by hands. The boundary of craft and art sometimes is not necessarily clear.

From the interview with a local ceramist, he has his own opinion on craft. It shows in the graph below.



There is some data shows that people thinks differently towards craft and craft activity.


However, there are several levels in craft activity. From DIY craft which is focusing on people creating things for themselves without the aid of paid professionals (Wikipedia) to professional craftsmanship, such as handwoven scarf and wood carving.

”New generations need to know that there is craft beyond cross stitch and Christmas tree decorations.”

“It is extremely important to set the stage right for the craftsmen; this would mean dealing with the craft with utmost dedication and sensitivity. The craftspeople are the foundation of this industry, and it is important for NGOs, governments, design houses, funders and the end buyers to encourage their personal growth and interests. ”

— Garima Aggarwal Roy, Craft and Globlisation : A Contemporary Place for Traditional Practices


The graph of the result of my questionnaire is thought-provoking. Majority of younger generation do not know much about traditional craftsmanship. On the other hand, the artisans would also be tough to survive in such a society. This fact made me rethink about the sustainability of traditional craftsmanship.

Certainly, there are other reasons why some traditional craft techniques are disappearing.

· Low productivity, it is difficult to survive in this ecnomic status

· Less users causes shrinkage of market

· Seldom people inherits the craftsmanship

· Tough independent labor

My challenge would be how to help traditional craftsmanship survive.




Maze voting game is a tool to help staff in community to collect the vote, also encourage children to share their opinions for the community in a playful way. When children play the maze, the votes will be analyzed automatically for the staff in community hub. The robot on the maze would provide a ball once player start the game (making a first vote by putting a token into the vote box ) , then the player control the board to do more votes. This is a collaborative game. While children playing the game, they are engaged to have more conversation on voting, which makes them to share opinions.

Prototype 1


Prototype 2


Exploring different materials.


Voting box. Programming on Arduino.



How to start the game?



The robot provides a ball, and player control the ball to continue voting.



The staff receive the voting result.


Finish the game.




Target group – Children

Why Children?

1. Future of Community Hub

2. Least engaged in communication decision

3. Family engagement





Vote in playful way

piano vote.jpg

Visualize the result



How to communicate



Social sharing

plant your ideafortune cookiebeer mat


Gathering specific data

Light Votechurch donation

Development of consultation tool for community decision-making

Project: Development of consultation tool for community decision-making

Target: Children in the community

Where: The primary school in Letham, Scotland


Why community consultation?

Consultation will take place in the next few months with the Letham community about the facilities and design of the new Community Hub, so local people can have their say on what they would like to see provided from the building. -PKC

“There also needs to be a full consultation on this. The council needs to speak to as many residents as possible, not just members and groups that regularly use the centre.” -Mr Gillies

“As I understand it, residents raised £50,000 to enable this facility to be established in 1992, as a result of the vision of local councillor David White. Surely, therefore, the community has to have a large input into any plans the council may have for this building.” -Barbara Brown



“Viewpoint” – Community Consultation Tool Case Study

A device used for consultation process for managing decision-making at a local level. Promoted discussions and debate, whilst facilitating the making of decisions. Provides a large response from the community. With viewpoint, a total of 2,040 votes was received compare to a few dozen from traditional survey. 图片3.png

Design Proposal

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Target User :

People with low dexterity of hands

The elderly ( 75-90 years old)

People with
nerve damage and diseases
muscles or its tendons damage and diseases
Joint, bone and even ligament problems
skin problems




See how does the liquid come out of the container.

– When will it start coming out of the bottle rim?
– How much will it come out?


Dexterity Requirement

– Easy to operate it
– Small movement
– Less joint movement


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