Dive into chaos Graduation Exhibition: Design Leading Social Innovation

What is DESIGN today? What is the role of DESIGN in social innovation?
College of Design and Innovation (D&I), Tongji University in Shanghai demonstrated its answer to these questions with a graduation exhibition recently, named “Dive into chaoS”.

D&I’s 2017 Graduation Exhibition “dive into chaoS” was opened on June 13, 2017, and more than 100 student works from Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design, Environmental Design, Digital Media Design, and Jewelry Design showcased the undergoing transformation of D&I: from
a traditional design school into a multi functional hub for entrepreneurs and creative individuals who are passionate about Design.

As visitors walked in the main exhibition hall, they would strongly feel that The boundaries between the “sections of Design” are getting blurred and even overlapped. Visual Communication Design contains many architectural models; Digital Media Design became more installation based; and environmental designs are also industrial design products. More designs are no longer in physical forms but based on service and social innovation with a strong focus of complex issues we are facing today.

The exhibition means to express the idea that design is becoming more chaotic by integrating various disciplines and areas which generates entropy effects to vague the students’ vision, but at the same time makes it clear that designers are the power of social and economy change in the future. Dean of D&I, Prof. LOU Yongqi said, “Design is facing profound transformation today. On one hand, Design is playing an indispensable role in more and more areas; on the other hand, more and more agencies and people, with no Design background, have set foot in the territory of Design, and are redefining, interpreting, and applying Design. The students are demonstrating their attitude, courage, and power through this Graduation Exhibition.”

Here are some of the works from Industrial Design students:


Revision of Tradition: The Clan of Bamboo, by LI Jinze, instructed by REN Lisha


Bicycle Design for Chinese Urban Digital Nomad, by YANG Kaiyu, Instructed by YANG Wenqing


The Potential Application and Development of Gothic Features in Contemporary Jewelry, by LIU Yilan, instructed by YU Xin’an


Tropical Mood—Dynamic Generation and Expression of Jewellery, by TANG Yuanfang, instructed by YU Xin’an


The Construction Class Service Design of Future Retail Based on Visual Reality Web3D, by PENG Bo, instructed by XU Yangbo


Innovation High School Green Line Design: Research on Modularization of Teaching Space Based on PBL, by XUN Ran, instructed by LOU Yongqi and GUO Leng


ZhiHei: Design of a Contemporary Chinese Heiti, by HE Bingzhi, instructed by DU Qin


Information System and Reading Experience Design for Gallery of Tongji University History: Reading Experience Design Based on Electronic Device,by MENG Liqin, instructed by DU Qin and SONG Shanwei


An Interactive Visual and Light Design Based on Biosignal and Motion, by XIA Longze, instructed by SUN Xiaohua

Preparing for this exhibition, which will last for one month, actually gave the students new perspectives of viewing Design and understadning Design. And these works do not only conclude the students’ undergraduate studies, but also are starting points of their Design career, or life.

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