Thesis Studio 1 Initial Literature Review

20 Keywords:

Food Science / Tableware Design / Restaurant Design / Interior Design / Customization Tableware / Material / 3D Data Visualization / Abstract Crafting / Physical space and human interaction / Data driven Crafting / Parametric 3D Modeling

Project 1/3

Cultural Table by Ying Jiang

Table manner is a deeply grounded part in my early childhood memory, since I live with my grandparents before primary school. For a young child, table manners seems are way too unnecessary and over-elaborate formalities. But I gradually realize what kind of role that etiquette plays in the dining experience. Proper etiquette is still very important to Chinese people, who feel good manners are indications of good educational status and upbringing. Simply said, dining is not only about filling someone’s stomach, also it connects to socials tightly. In this project, those lovely animations were making viewers more comfortable and engaging during the process, instead of listening to your grandparent’s preaching for hours.

Project 2/3

GASTRO by Alonso Castro

This is a nice speculative food-related project. I have done some researches that suggests aroma is playing a critical role in dining experience. Also, the part in our brain that reacts to aroma controls the long-term memory. On another word, aroma has ability to recall our memory naturally. The “background” of this project was close to my imagination about future food culture. There is no crops, not enough space for plantation due to the Climate change, polluted environments, or invasive species etc. When people want to chase the memory of distinguished food, smells will do the job. The final design and short film was nice finished. The device has such a high-tech appearance.

Project 3/3


This project peeks in the term “abstracting craft” through a hole. I learned this term from the book “abstracting craft” by Malcolm McCullough. Computer and modern technology changes traditional crafting process from the root. One of the concept I embraced was how to make things without even knowing them. Combination of machine learning, parametric modeling and 3D printing will leads designers to explore the possibility of create things from various sources. It’s a process that making crafting process beyond human capability, and also it’s a process that giving physical forms to intangible things around us.

Thesis Studio 1 Concept Pitches

Concept Pitch 1/3

Actually, this is one of iterations of my previous food design project. But somehow it got shut down for some reasons. When I review this sketch during this global pandemic period, gradually I realize this idea has a huge potential to continue developing. The setting of this project is in the far future, which is a period with fully developed technology, but no space for eating, also there is no crops as food. How human being will survive then? Basically, my design a dining stasis chamber. You might have seen this in some space station scenes from science-fiction movies. Inside this chamber, there is a straw for bringing artificial food into our mouth. And the gas injector will spray aroma into the chamber to mimic the “real” food experience.

Concept Pitch 2/3

The second concept is an idea of future restaurant layout. The layout was derived from “Rotation Sushi Restaurant“. During the pandemic period, restaurant industry got a huge impact since the beginning, we still have no idea when the indoor dining will be resume. In order to following guidelines, the core concept is dividing central kitchen and dining rooms into independent modules with convertible roof. The separation of each group of customers and kitchen staff can help reduce the risk.


This news is a nice example of retrospective thinking.

Concept Pitch 3/3

This concept is trying to modify the crafting process of tableware in the future. I got inspired by a food design project called “Future Food Formulas 2.0” by a Netherlands food designer Chloé Rutzerveld. The Future Food Formulas an interactive installation that allows consumers to step into the shoes of a high-tech farmer and design their personalized future vegetable. Customized tableware is not a novel idea anymore, many artisans did that. But how can I change the crafting mode of customized tableware by using a data-driven format? I am trying to build a connection between tableware and food. The key point I need to figure out what is the meaning of tie the data of ingredient to the form of tableware and how. What kind of data I need and how the data will affect the final design.

MFADT Design Section Day7 HW

Today’s activity was really helpful to get different ideas from our peers. The randomness of throwing ideas could significantly help with exploration of our research question. Even the form got nothing to do with the concept, but after thinking about the relationship between those two things, I found some interesting connections between the form and the question.

My original question is how the public gonna accept those new technology infused food in the next 20 years? from material and ethical perspective?

The hint I got is dinner table.

So I was trying to think about if we could bring the whole 3D-printed process to people’s diner table. People could watch the whole manufacturing process and involved into it. Through this process, people will get understanding of what is the material for printed food and watch the whole process while the food is printing. Human-being always fear of unknown stuff. But once people saw the whole process and understood what’s inside the food, they would accept new-technology infused food more easily.

MFADT Design Section Day6 HW

Today’s hang out with other students from different section was pretty valuable. I met somebody who studied in information system and worked at an investment bank for years and the other one studied in computer science with specialty in Human Computer Interface. It’s nice to meet people from different fields and take advantages from each others.

So they gave me some feedback about my questions which related to my domain.

// How the public gonna accept those new technology infused food? Such as 3D-pritnted food, or Chole’s project “in vitro ME” ( ). Tiffany told me a sci-fi movie called “Soylent Green”. In the movie, “soylent green” is a meal-substitute stuff, due to a shortage of food, water, and housing. And it’s actually made by dead people’s body. So, the question is people really could accept those new technology infused food in the future, compare to those traditional food that feds our ancestors for thousand years.

// The second thing is related to the sustainability of new technology infused food. Jai pointed out the comparison between using new technology to manufacturing food and traditional way to produce food. Which way cost more resources in the current level of development of technology.

// The third one is about the taste of future versus the taste of back. It’s kinda similar with how to let people accept technology infused food, but from my perspective it could be expand to the flavor and meaning behind food. The food often not only means to fill somebody’s stomach, it perhaps contained people’s good memory. But if all you got is a Bolognese Spaghetti flavored mushroom, will you accept it or not?

MFADT Design Section Day4 HW

5 Personal Design Value

  1. Every design should be better than last design, from any perspective.
  2. Always keep detail-oriented. The devil is in the detail.
  3. Design should be understandable by everyone(at least by your users). Design is not fine art.
  4. Good design should be visual attractive.
  5. Do the research, but not lost in the research.

3 Domain

  1. Food Innovation (main interests at least for now)
  2. Computer Vision
  3. Education related to Typography

25 Questions about the Domain (I m pretty sure I couldn’t make it to 25 tho)

  1. How design and technology can reshape our food system?
  2. What is the actual meaning of food designer?
  3. Have you ever hear about 3D-printed food?
  4. Maybe 3D-printed food not only about change chocolate and sugar into fancy shape?
  5. How the 3D-printed food could infused into current food industry?
  6. What career options are there in food technology?
  7. What is the difference between food science and food technology?
  8. Why is food technology important?
  9. How the food processing and manufacturing could connected with technology?
  10. How’s the development of food industry in past 20 years?
  11. What are specific areas in food design industry?
  12. Will people accept 3D-printed food?
  13. Will 3D-printed food has ethical problem?
  14. Is 3D-printed food makes improvement on sustainability of our daily life?
  15. Is this domain was included in speculative design?

MFADT Design Section Day3 HW

The subject I choose was people with red clothes and their moving direction. In the beginning of this process, there only few dots on the map and I thought it was boring. And people were moving around all the time. Well, not all of them, some people were moving, some people were just sitting on the chair. So, I decided to record their moving direction by arrow when putting those dots on the paper.

When I finished the map, the arrow really attracted me instantly and implied the track of what was the flow of people’s movement. Most of people was just walking along the street and did not enter the park. Also, the crossroads were the place that people were walking away from the park.

On the other hand, at the inside of the park, people were often sitting on the chair or laying on the ground. As the result, those dots have no arrows for the moving direction.

MFADT Design Section Day2 HW

10 Observations:

  1. Totally 15 figures
  2. Most of those figures look like people with dark skinned. Even not look like modern human being, more close to hominid.
  3. Some actions of certain figure were confused. Such as, between push and pull.
  4. Variety of cloth style, including cowboy hat, boots, and medieval maid dress.
  5. Relation with the surrounding space. Design for the space or blocked by stairway?
  6. The title of this artwork is Event Horizon. Definition of Event Horizon is Later a strict definition was introduced as a boundary beyond which events cannot affect any outside observer at all (Wikipedia). Is this title imply any message that artist wants to convey? Also, even the title is Horizon, this artwork was installed vertically.
  7. Broken hand and foot spread at some places. Also one of the women figure’s hands were cuffed.
  8. Those figures could be divided into three different status: staying, falling down, getting out.
  9. The whole cave was distorting.
  10. Black part of this artwork might be double layer, thicker than the white part.

3 Observations from other students:

  1. Edges of the artwork was rough. It looks like some sort of paper cutting techniques.
  2. Figures suggest that they were finding an escape during slavery period.
  3. The artwork shows a women’s life from her childhood to an adult with relationship with different men.