The Emoji Fan is a portable ice breaker that brings “new face expressions” we create in the digital world into our physical lives, adding fun that enhance our face to face communication.
We are asked to choose an obsolete tool in history, redesign this tool based on modern society’s needs, shift the value proposition, and make it valuable in the present world.
Fan Language In Ancient Time
The folding fan used to be an important product in social interaction and communications. But nowadays, fan language is not popular as a communication tool.
In modern society
We interact using digital technologies. When can’t talk face to face, we use emojis, in order to bring face expressions and emotion into our communication.
With the development of the cartoon industry, many “new expressions” were created in the emoji collection. These new expressions don’t exist in real life and were hard to control. For example, the heart eyes emoji and the zzz emoji don’t exist as real face expressions, and we don’t always sweat or have flushed face when we want to express we are embarrassed.
However, in digital communications, we use these new expressions a lot. We even get very good at manipulating these emoji to add visual components to express our thoughts.
What if we bring these emoji to real life, and add humor and assistance to our face to face communication?
By placing element of emoji that everybody knows to the graphic of a fan, I designed a serious hand fan that is understandable, portable, easily mass produced, and can interact with people’s faces. With this emoji fan, people can have humorous and creative ways to communicate at parties and events.