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Shuzhan(Eddy) Yuan

(Eddy) Shuzhan Yuan is an experience designer and design strategist in the technology industry. He tries to break through the boundaries of design and abandons the nonsense part. He believes the definition of design should not be what it is now, but the answer is unknown.

Shuzhan has been exploring design strategy and leadership across the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and China in rescue system, sustainable design, technology industry, and E-commerce. He has worked for leading industry design firms and technology companies such as LKK and Alibaba, which honed his work capacity as well as help him recognized the correct exert of design methodology.

Awards and Exhibitions:

- iF Design Talent Award, Project: Hydrus (2020) 

- iF Design Talent Award, Project: BioSponge (2020) 

- Lexus Design Award 2019 (2019) 

- European Product Design Award Honorable Mention (2020)

- K-Design International Design Competition Gold Winner, Project: BioSpong (2020) 

- K-Design International Design Competition Winner, Project: Breeze In (2020)

- C-IDEA International Design Award Honorable Mention (2019)

- China Red Star Award/Award for The Concept (2018) 


- Milan Design Week 2019, Lexus Design Night, Super Studio (2019)

- Hibiya in Midtown Tokyo, Japan (2019)

- Tokyo Ground Floor Garage Exhibition (2019)

Time regulates all kinds of people’s behaviours through itself’s linear movement; we should get up on time and arrive at the workplace, we will miss our train if we are late just five minutes... Newton’s classical physicals set an absolute view of time, which believed that time is a constant motion at a constant speed, determined by the transition period between two hyperfine energy levels of caesium-133 atoms in the ground state. This fixed transition period time is called Atomic Time, which regulates human activities and improves production efficiency, but it also puts a shackle on people’s lives. 

However, before the clock was invented, people usually used behaviour to regulate the time, which is called Consciousness Time. It used to be said that: “It takes me a cigarette smoking time to get to your place.” In this context, the act of smoking cigarettes regulates the concept of time, and the speed of smoking reflects a period of time, not a point of time. Therefore, using behaviour to regulate time in the past gives us more breathing space. 

Now, International Atomic Time rules all human production activities and has become the only criterion for measuring time. Obviously, the atomic time has brought infinite advantages to human development; I do not want to challenge its authority but hope to make cautious inferences in another parallel world and break the authority reality generated by the single discourse mechanism. 

In this project, I tried to make the above two concepts of time go hand in hand, making time both linear and curved, continuous and intermittent. The form of time existing is not set in stone, but we could keep exploring.

Time is not anything tangible or might just an illusion. Do humans apply watches and clocks to measure time or just an illusion created by motion and change?

Being fully in the present moment is the key to spiritual awakening, or to say the least, to live a happier and more liberated life. How can we balance the fact that we have to use time so often and stay more present? A designed way to alter time in this project is probing, letting people stay present or shift time unfettered to accumulate pleasure.

Don't Follow The Earth Revolution

The earth rotates and revolves at a relatively constant speed, which determines the relative constant of time. However, our consciousness is erratic and ethereal, so the time we feel is also a tortuous form. In Part1, I respond to people's subjective time needs in the form of an interactive app that can change the speed of time, and imagine an ideal state where people can subjectively manipulate the speed of time.

Enjoy Your Events, Enjoy Your Life
Enjoy Your Events, Enjoy Your Life — Your whole day is divided by your set events. On the screen, it will highlight what is doing. The button in the middle will follow your events, and it could be held to pause, dragged to move forward, or backwards to manipulate your time. The bottom screen will record your interaction behaviours.
Worth More Time, Hold or Drag Back
Worth More Time, Hold or Drag Back — Some events are gladder memories and worth more. When you pause or drag back the button, it would know you are enjoying the present and will slow down the time shift automatically.
Feel Bored, Push the Button Forward
Feel Bored, Push the Button Forward — Feel anything dull, just push the button forward to skip it. The time would be accumulated and could be released later when you require.
Design Product

Do Not Be Defined By Time Numbers

No matter how time moves, fast or slow, constant or static, in fact, our lives are constructed by our activities. We follow our own style of doing things at our own pace, and time can only be used as a reference. In Part2, I conceive an events clock design that without time, but your events. Our daily life is not controlled by time, but by our activities, events and experiences.

User Scenario
Use — Biosponge made by terrafibre hemp and molded by glue compression. You can treat it as an ordinary plastic sponge. When the sponge comes into contact with water, the seeds inside begin to grow.
Growth — The seeds inside were wrapped in capsules, which can effectively filter detergents and chemicals. Seeds inside the sponge will emerge after about 10 days, and 10 days of sponge use means that the bacteria on the sponge begin to multiply vigorously. The germination cycle of the plant corresponds precisely to the process of replacing the sponge.
Degrade — The terrafibre hemp made sponge is 100% degradable and compostable that could add to garden soil to help break up clay soils and increase water absorption.
Test and Experiment

The kitchen sponge is an undistinguished thing but common in our daily life. Due to the easy-to-consume property, the sponge is extraordinarily short-life and should be replaced periodically. As a result, thousands of discarded sponges are challenging to degrade and eventually become plastic waste flowing into the ocean and land. Besides, because most of the kitchen environment is humid and muggy, and the sponge is porous and easy to absorb water, once the sponge is not replaced timely, many bacteria can breed and eventually endanger our health.

Biosponge is an alternative kitchen washing sponge consisted of terrafibre hemp and biological seeds. When we started using Biosponge, the internal seeds began to absorb water and germinate into green plants one to two weeks later.

Seed germination reminds people to replace a new sponge, thus avoiding bacteria growth. The user can place the discarded Biosponge on the window sill as a potted plant. Also, the terrafibre hemp made sponge is 100% biodegradable and compostable that could add to garden soil to help break up clay soils and increase water absorption.

I pretty much love sustainable design because designing them is not just trying to solve typical problems but demonstrating the product’s dynamic aesthetics. These products naturally contain vitality and vigour, using them is like gestating a life, accompany them to grow and leave.

Speculative Design: How to apply arthropathy patients predict the weather?

Measuring is an essential human perception to interpret this world and universe. We use meters, squares, and grams to measure an object, using percentages and vague language to measure abstract conception, such as forecast.

In nature, all kinds of rocks, plants, animals provide much information to understand this world and predict future events. For instance, a tree's growth ring could tell us the history of this area. The production of milk from cows connects with future earthquakes. My question is: can human beings measure some abstract conception by our body?

In this project, I'd like to explore a possible question: how to use arthropathy patients to predict the weather?

Most of us know that the arthropathy patient feels worse when it is going to rain. Also, there are some papers and experiment prove that. To summarize, there are two main reasons: one is barometric pressure especially falling, another one is temperature lowering.

My idea is to design a knee cap with a pain sensor and WIFI sensor to monitor the pain level of arthropathy patients and use these data to predict the weather.

When it is going to rain, the patient could take this knee cap to protect their knee or joint. At this time, the pain sensor will begin to work and detect the patient's pain level and send this information back to the website. The website could use these data to monitor a certain area's patient pain level and form a heat map.

When people browse this web, they could get the possibility of rain in their location by the depth of red, and the depth of red symbolizes the pain of these arthropathy patients. So more pain, redder, more likely to rain.