The other tutorial - Expression

At: Design Academy Eindhoven
Dutch Design Week 2014

The Other Tutorial / Introduction

Ego is a dynamic process that formulates our conscious sense of self. It evolves through a continuously defined interaction with our surroundings, based on balancing conflicts between the individual and society.

However, society today is framed by a singular structure that is geared towards constant enhancement, a clear template for individuals to improve and modify toward a superhuman. These fixed definitions become limitations in our learning processes, as they constrain personal development with one ideal scenario. How can design liberate us from this cycle?

The Other Tutorial attempts to turn these societal constraints into forces of liberation. The study includes different aspects of life, focusing on appearance, expression and movement respectively. Interactions with the body, face, and limbs challenge the norm, Isolate external voices, expand personal spaces, slow time, and evoke neglected experiences. It is a trigger for re-experiencing and redefining our relations between the self and our surroundings.


With the arrival of all kinds of social media and communication tools, we are living in the world with different kinds of noises. We have been forced to become a socialized person who is able to talk, type, and express ourselves at any moment in anywhere.

This concept creates a facial mask, which forces wearer to express feeling and communicate in silence. This masks not only helps user to escape into the world without endless communication, but also realizes the shape of silence talks. When the wearer wants to talk more with the mask, the expanding effect from balloons will cover the face more and gradually isolate him or herself in the crowd.