Kevin Hai


Projects —
  1. Cycladic Cliffhanger
  2. Five Opportunities for Planetary Acupuncture 
  3. Knowledge City
  4. (Pool)House
  5. Bibliotech Intersect
  6. Pier2Peer
  7. Tiltshift Terminal
  8. Greenpoint Theatre
  9. Rave New World — Amsterdam
  10. Inside/Out

Studies —
  1. Teeny, Weeny, Santorini
  2. Rave New World — Berlin
  3. Section Qualities
  4. Places of Internet of Things
  5. The Birds and the Bees
  6. Typesetting Scenes
  7. The Glitch in the System
  8. Pop Rocks

Writings —
  1. Welcome to the Gayborhood
  2. What a Tangled Web We Weave
  3. The Expanded Field
  4. Le Corbusier in Algeria
  5. Machinations of Power
  6. Going Dutch


Kevin Hai —
  1. He is a designer.
  2. He is currently located in New York, New York.
  3. He has worked previously at firms in the United States and Europe, wrote his thesis in Amsterdam, assisted artists in Paris, and is currently doing research in Berlin.
  4. He is available for freelance and collaboration.
  5. He does other things too. →

Mark




Pop Rocks





Spring 2015
Project Team : Kevin Hai, Ryan Erbert

Initially structured as a way to explore knowledge of design techniques, emerging fabrication technology and media, and business strategies, Pop Rocks is a concept that explores the potential for mass customization and the “click and order” business model. By developing a software application created using Processing, Grasshopper, and Rhinoceros 3D, the project hopes to enable consumers to design bespoke pieces of jewelry, which will then be fabricated in a variety of materials using 3D printers and sold back to the consumer.

The development of this project began by asking contemporary questions such as “how can 3D printing be applied to wearables and change the design and crafting process?”, “how can it transform traditional, ‘brick and mortar’ business models?”, and “what is the purpose of the designer in a world where the consumer is granted more and more control?” Pop Rocks is our under-development response to these questions.

The Pop Rocks application is seasonally altered with open-source data from Twitter in order to create an ever-changing product that adjust itself with contemporary trends in jewelry. This establishes the role of the designer as a character that still controls the tools, codes, and lexicon of design while still giving more power to the people, who are growing more accustomed with creating things for themselves through novel fabrication methods such as 3D printing. The research development of this design concept was tailored to explore innovative retail models, the potential of 3D printing and mass customization, design intelligence, and the dialogue between the designer and the consumer in the digital age.