Before I came to ITP, I worked as an eyewear designer for 3 years. I designed optical glasses and sunglasses. It may sound boring, and yes I felt boring at the beginning, but when I realized because eyewear is an exquisite object, even a tiny design optimization would make a very different result. For example, a pair of round glasses, when I calculated the angle, decided to change the outer edges where the temples join the frame front and give a little bit upsweep, I might just feminized a pair very plain unisex glasses and gave them a hint of sexy, naughty flavor.

 

 

The left one has the upsweep outer edges

 

And don’t forget the human factors, Asian facial features are very different to Caucasians. Basically, Asian skulls the heads are rounder, flatter and broader in the back head, our face are flatter(eyes less deep on average)… cheeks more prominent,  Caucasians tend to have narrower skulls, but higher vault deeper set eye sockets.

 

So when I designed Asian Fit frames for Asian market, for faces with shallower nose bridges and higher cheeks. Here are some pictures might be helpful:

 

Asian Fit                       vs                  Caucasian Fit

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Narrow nose bridge

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altered the curvature of the temples

These differences are intended to improve the function of the frames, subtle enough to make them more conductive for certain face shapes without altering the look or style of the frames.

I am wondering if I know facial recognition/machine learning better three years ago, I might collect thousands real-life facial images to build a database of asian and Caucasian facial features. Then I can use these technology to confirm my theory and get a quantitative(hence more accurate) result instead of a qualitative one.

 

A project I want to share to everybody is called Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well, Transcending Space. 

It is an interactive digital installation in which viewers can walk around freely in a space that completely surrounds them with projections on all sides. Created by a brilliant Japanese art group – teamLab. This group is like ITP, made by professionals from various fields of practice in the digital society: artists, coder, engineer, animators, architects, web and print graphic designers and editors. They gather together to create wonderful works which can go beyond the boundaries between art, science and technology.(seriously like ITP!)

Crows are rendered in light as they fly around the space, leaving trails of light in their paths and creating spatial calligraphy. The crows chase one another and in turn become chased themselves. When the chased crows crash into one another, they scatter, turning into flowers. The crows attempt to fly around people in the space, but when they crash into a viewer, they scatter, turning into flowers in the same way.

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The installation is rendered in real time by a computer program, it is neither a prerecorded animation nor on loop.The installation as a whole is in constant change, previous states will never be repeated and can never be seen again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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