Designed by 
Lihsing Wang

Digital Handmade
This research, “Digital Degradation,” critiques mass-produced products targeting cheaper, faster manufacturing. In contrast to mass-production, handcraft has always been an attractive way of manufacturing products. The uniqueness of flaws inherent in handmade works is perceived to add rather than diminish the value. Attempts at digitizing or mass creating this same sort of mark have often been critiqued as a pastiche reference to handmade products, building in the same flaw into every product. I am proposing to find the flaws in the “Digital Hand’s Works.” This research uses the three-dimensional scanner to scan the original, printed out that scan, and going through serial generations to build this kind of difference visible within a set of domestic objects. The process explores a way of creating specificity to products that make equivalence value as handmade products.

Based in both the US and Taiwan, Lihsing Wang treats himself as a critical thinker and a cross-discipline designer. His works take place on the boundary between product design and artistic creation and are driven by technology, exploring new possibilities in current manufacturing methods and design processes by implementing emerging tools such as 3D scanning, printing, and algorithmic generative frameworks. Lihsing is currently in his last years of pursuing a master of Industrial Design degree at Pratt Institute; his work has been honored with the Red Dot award, IF design award, IT'S design award, A’s design award, and also has been shown at the NYCxDesign Exhibition during 2019 NYC Design Week.

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