Franky Wang

Dongsi Interactive Sandtable

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Take advantage of interaction technology to refresh the charm of cultural heritage.

Branding Design

Exhibition Design

UX/UI Design

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About the Project

This is an 8-week project led by CAFA Digital Media Studio, collaborated with Beijing Historical Research Department. Our team created a design concept of an interactive storytelling sand table, which provides tour instructions and historic information of a local cultural neighborhood.


Design Duration


Team Members

Yongjian Su

Qianwen Wei

Ziyi Yu

​March 2017 - May 2017 (8 Weeks)


Design Challenge

How might we attract tourists' participation and appreciation with interactive technology? What information is the most visualizable to activate local stories? How can we learn digital interaction methods from existing museums?


Design Tools


Design Contribution

Branding and graphic design

Field research

Research data analytics

Draft sketching

Presentation slide design

Adobe Photoshop

3dMax

Sketchup

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PROJECT OVERVIEW

We are eager to shout out good stories from history.

DONGSI is a historical block in the protected old Beijing city (inner 2nd Ring Rd). The whole area perfectly preserved more than 100 ancient Chinese courtyards, most of which are still owned by local residents. However, some of them are not being well-used, and facing the danger of being destroyed.

This project aims to introduce those valuable and elegant courtyards to the public using the modern interaction technology. It could not only introduce the history and structure of Beijing courtyards,but also shows detailed information about them, like owners’ life stories, functions of house structures, and local trip advice. Through this project, I manage to summarize tons of information and statistics, then transfer them into interactive visual expressions,which turns out to be successful.

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DESIGN PROCESS

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PROBLEM SOLVING

How might we attract tourists' participation and appreciation with interactive technology?

What information is the most visualizable to activate local stories?

How can we learn digital interaction methods from existing museums?

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