Utopia - vision of a better world (not perfect) Utopian - desire for a better world Utopianism - evoke the propensity for what Lyman Tower Sargent calls 'social dreaming' Who created the utopian world? Which group of people are the aim of the benefits? Fraser Muggeridge, 2016 - Language of Utopia Utopia as … Continue reading Imaginary World
The internet is a huge database with a variety of information, and different search engine platforms are used to find the results required by the users. However, the visible web we usually surf only feeds a small percentage of information to us and leaves over 96% of the web content hidden down in the deep web. … Continue reading Beyond Google
In modern days, people have become more aware of the idea of surveillance, and although it seems like a contemporary topic, its existence has lived across different times and cultures. When referencing to surveillance, the Panopticon is often seen as its perfect metaphorical representation, designed by social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. The … Continue reading Surveillance, Nothing to hide?
The earliest photograph kept in the record was taken by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826, titled View from the Window at Le Gras, a scene from nature with a camera obscura. Before the appearance of photographic techniques, people painted down specific moments of life or human portraits to keep records of them. Although paintings back then and photographs … Continue reading Photography and Mapping Truth
"Design Maker User" is a permanent display at the Design Museum, featuring various collections of contemporary design. The exhibition aims at audience of all ages and backgrounds, which tells the story of contemporary design in new and revealing ways. (Design Museum) The core of design is a dialogue between the three participants: the designer, the … Continue reading Exhibition Visit: Design Museum
In today's lecture, Andrew and Andrea introduced structuralism and semiotics to the class. The term 'Structuralism' originated in the works of Ferdinand de Saussure, an influential Swiss professor of linguistic. The definition of structuralism can be referred to what Terence Hawkes had once said, "The world is made up of relationships rather than things, constitutes the first principle of that … Continue reading This Means What?
The use of collage is an essential method throughout the twentieth century till now, considering modern era is overwhelmed by the appearance of mass production. Although people began to advocate and further make the use of collage popular in twentieth century, its appearance can be traced back to tenth century in Japan, which such technique … Continue reading Cut and Paste
The Japanese popular culture, Harajuku Fashion, had always been seen as a subcultural trend that wasn't familiarised by the majority of society. In 2011, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu released her first promo single, "PonPonPon", and immediately went viral worldwide. It didn't take long for her to be the focal discussion on social media. Kyary as a … Continue reading Advertorial
The printing press was first introduced in the 15th century, by Johannes Gutenberg. He was a German goldsmith, publisher and printing man, who had invented a technology that changed the printing technique around the world. The printing press was invented with replaceable and/or metal or wooden letters in 1436, and completed in 1440. The first printing press … Continue reading Word and Image
In early 19th century consumer goods were formerly been made by artisans, craftsmen or women and artists in factories. However, the production process of these goods are no longer made in the same way. In the traditional way of production, employees were divided into different specialisation, which they were specialists in a particular part of the … Continue reading First Thing First