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When I was volunteering at the Disabled Children’s Welfare Home, I found that children have much more curious hearts for new things compared to adults. They try to get to know the world through all of their senses, seeing with their eyes and touching with their body. However, most kids in the Welfare Home are aurally impaired. They cannot hear people’s talking or music, and thus cannot feel the happiness brought by music like we can. This provoked me to design a music application for them. I target both aurally impaired and normal people from six years old to adult. In fact, many people with good hearing abilities don’t play musical instruments. They only listen to music, but cannot feel the joy of playing music by themselves. My application expresses music using visual language. Each music note is represented by a color, and the size of the symbols represents the rhythm. When music is played, the user can feel the rhythm by clicks following the changing symbols. The application also has a social function. I found that it is more difficult for disabled people to make friends, so I added this function wishing to help them meet their peers and connect.

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After I finished MUSIO musical application project, I extend the MUSIO project to build an exploratory musical device. The input is still iPhone or iPad, but output is different. Instead of only feeling the music through abstract symbols in the application, people can also inspect the music through actual physical interfaces such as light in this device. I incorporated the “Kinetografie” dance symbol system proposed by the German expressionist dance artist Rudolf von Laban. Laban thinks that every part of the human body can be broken down into parts and that dance can be tokenized. I incorporate the twelve keys in an octave with dance symbols, producing a new way of music visualization. Thus, a piece of dance choreography is produced as a piece of music is played on this device.

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Sweet Maker is a home-make cake shop which I built for American families. This project is inspired by western family activities programs. People today are busy with work in modern society. School and children's activities make it difficult for families to carve out quality time together. Spending time together helps families reconnect with each other as well as create lasting memories. In the family activities programs, mothers understand the importance of family time and share their favorite family activities. I was inspired by these programs. Therefore, I designed a cake shop which provides family activities. Parents can make cakes, play games and eat together with their kids. I made a website for this cake shop. The whole website incorporates a hand-painted style, which makes it more colorful and fun. I believe it is attractive to both children and their parents.

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I noticed the beauty of paint slowly melting and settling in the water while doing watercolor painting, with a mesh of filaments. There are also patches of precipitation, forming a natural point-line-surface shape. Based on this, I designed a set of creative fonts.

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