Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pecha Kucha Vol. 5

Woogle Works gave a brief presentation on 20 minus 1 bizzarre products at the Pecha Kucha (presented by the British Council) in The Apartment Downtown KLCC. Seldom are products designed within a Malaysian context and my objective was to see how people respond to the way I approach this issue. Below are selected slides with explainations.

Slide No.1: Design to Revive Malaysian Craft

This mineral water bottle is shaped after the Labu Sayong. The adaptation of the Labu Sayong form is not purely aesthetic, because the distinct shape keeps water cooler for longer. There is also the popular believe that water from a Labu can cure cough and fever. Perhaps Spritzer or Aquarius can consider a concept like this for their bottled water packaging?

Slide No.2: Design to Reflect Local Contemporary Issues

Young adults are painting on DIY plastic toys as a popular form of expression. I would use this media to reflect contemporary issues: in this case the melamine poisoning scandal widespread in Asia. This vinyl figure is decorated with graphics from the White Rabbit sweet wrapper. White Rabbit sweet, one of my favourite sweets, was one of the first products to be announced as containing excessive melamine content. Melamine is a plastic resin used in the manufacture of high-temperature resistant spoons, plates, bowls and chopsticks. Please put plastic into our toys instead of our food.

Slide No.3: Complimenting Current Tech with Old Tech

In a room that contains you and your electric fan, when is it the hottest? When there is a power failure! The fan blades of this electric fan is removable, to be used as not one, but two hand fans. This is a case of complimenting current technology with old technology in a single product.

Slide No.10: Design to Preserve A Race

These are a pair of stereo music headphones inspired by the long ear lobes of the Penans from Sarawak. Their way of live is slowly disappearing in the name of development. It is my hope that by manifesting their infamous long ear lobes in the form of a 'pop' product, the younger generation will be aware of this problem (and in the long run, take action to protect this heritage).

Slide No. 9: Design for Cultural Identity

This is a foldable keris. One of the characteristics of a keris is the angled hilt. By twisting a pair of angled cylinders (which also function to conceal the blade when folded), the same character is maintained. The angled hilt is meant to provide support to the wrist in a stabbing strike.

Slide No.8: Design for Religion

Since I was young, my mother always have me carry a Chinese Protecting Talisman everywhere I go (including government exams). Until now, I still carry a Talisman in my car for protection against road accidents. Integrating it into my road tax would be convenient and perhaps different versions can be customized for different religions.

Slide No.20: Thank you

The final slide is dedicated to ALL these people who contributed, supported and motivated me for the past 2 years. Artist, writers, publishers, performers, directors, designers, engineers, clients, The British Council, (some) family members and my cats. It's these friends (and felines) who fuel me to keep doing what Woogle Works do. After Pecha Kucha, confidence is high and design direction is clear. But the bussiness model is still vague and network is loose. The day these two elements gel will be the day Woogle Works products make it into (some) peoples' lives. A realistic possibility or impossible fantasy? You tell me.

1 comment:

sin said...

a realistic possibilities for sure!