Foundation challenges

Design takes experimentations

Toying with paper or foam models

Until we've almost hit our breaking point

Projects Summary

A foundation studio challenges the techniques and attitudes for dealing with exploration, identification, prototyping, evaluation and communication of problems and solutions arising from the design of products. It includes the acquisition of skills appropriate to creativity; design sketching; design composition, prototyping, and disciplined work habits.

Spring 2022 --Industrial Design | North Carolina State University

2022 Spring ID 105 First Year Studio II


Create a 3D composition with a set of solid and planar elements floating in the space and they are held by balance of linear elements (strings).

Modular Room Divider

Design and develop a vacuum-formed module divider that could serve as a temporary partition wall, from public space to home office.


Design a STEM mission and also develop some parts for this mission, which could be used to complete the mission along with household items.

Form Study

Create visual focal point or visual cue on a rectangular prism. The focal point has noticeable difference in visual weight that could hold user's attention.

Document Camera

Design a tool to facilitate remote learning experience, specifically for the class or remote working scenario that requires to share demonstrations visually.

Spring 2021 --Industrial Design | North Carolina State University

2021 Spring ID 105 First Year Studio II

Manifestation Sign

The purpose of this project is to use 2.5D visual language to convey a message, learning the benefits and constraints of the vacuum forming process through a sign design project.

Modular Polyhedron

The project is designed to develop a metallic modular polyhedron with a diameter around 10”, and explore the mutual design benefit between the aesthetic and structural value.

Toys’ Factory

Develop a toy for kids between the age of 2-10, Encourage target users to use their eyes to direct attention and their hands to execute a task, which will improve their hand-eye coordination.


The goal of this exercise is to understand how internal components or mechanical parts put constraints on form development, how subtle changes of visual language or the forms will affect the way of communication with target uses.

Electric Leaf Blower

The purpose of this project is to investigate possibilities of developing a cordless leaf blower that is a powerful yet lightweight. More importantly, a petite woman, elderly or children from age 7-14 could easily maneuver or cheerfully engage.

Spring 2020 --Industrial Design | North Carolina State University

ID 105-003 First Year Studio II

Here's Your Sign

First year studio is to build a solid foundation for further project development process, encourage students to achieve a skillful level of craftsmanship in the development. Here's a vacuum forming process.

Decoding Form with Foams

The purpose of foundation studio is to break down the elements or considerations involved in the innovation process, into relatively isolated topic for students to get start with. here's the topic of form transition.

Reducing 3D Form in a Product 1

This project is the basic step of 3-step Ideation Sketch Storming Workshop. Three steps of sketching storming has been designed and revised over the years based on interaction with students.

Reducing 3D Form in a Product 2

This project is still the 1st step of 3-step Ideation Sketching Storming Workshop. However we'll take it up a little further and this practice its self will be break down into three related practice.

A TV for Your Cat

As a fun project as it is, a Window Bird Feeder is the first comprehensive project which is required to a solution and a design thinking journey covering from ideation, prototyping, evaluation and branding.