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Institution: Biennal Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2019
Role: Product Desinger, Web Developer, Illustrator

Hot Hot Hot

« Sea hot, people hot, Qingdao hot 2050 »

The "HOT, HOT, HOT" project is an interdisciplinary exploration set in Qingdao, a port city in China. This project examines the impact of global warming and seawater eutrophication on the environment and human behaviors. By studying the remnants of the past and integrating new technologies, the project envisions future daily behaviors and the necessary objects that will support them.

The project consists of three parts:

A digital edition and website "SEA HOT",
A video "PEOPLE HOT",
A collection of futuristic fashion accessories "QINGDAO HOT storybag 2050".

The project selected and awarded by Binennal Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2019, and exhibited at Cité internationale of Design - Stefania City. 

#DigitalPublishing #WebDevelopment #EnvironmentResearch #VideoInterview #FashionAccessoryCollection #GlobalWarming #EutrophicationProblem  


︎Background Research

︎Environmental Studies:

Global Warming: Research on the impact of rising temperatures on coastal cities, particularly focusing on Qingdao.

Study the causes and effects of nutrient enrichment in seawater, leading to excessive algae growth and its impact on marine ecosystems.

︎Cultural and Social Analysis:

Historical Foundations: Examine Qingdao’s historical and cultural background to understand the present-day behaviors and adaptations.

Technological Integration: Explore how new technologies can be incorporated into daily life to address environmental challenges.

︎Fashion and Technology:

Futuristic Design: Investigate the intersection of fashion and technology to create innovative accessories that respond to future environmental conditions.

Material Science:
Study advanced materials that can adapt to changing environmental conditions, such as living fabrics and biological tubes.


︎Story Set : HOT HOT HOT

︎Fictional Newspaper 2050 of Qing Dao

In the story , we find ourselves in Qing Dao. There, the environment is scrutinized, and behaviors in response to the consequences of global warming and the eutrophication of seawater are analyzed. Contemplating reality as it appears, the foundations left by the past are studied. Thus, new technologies and objects are integrated to accompany new daily behaviors:

By 2050, with the improvement of the photobioreactor system, the cost of biorefinery decreased, and renewable energy sources like algae biomass have practically replaced non-renewable energy sources. The use of microalgae has become widespread. For example, "breathing algae buildings," "algae harvesters," "living algae fabric (biodegradable)," "algae-fed chicken (non-animal feed)," "natural algae dyes," "anti-aging algae cosmetics," "algae bioplastic," and "algae treatments for stress, exhaustion, and dementia." Algae are now intertwined with our daily lives.

As a resource, main energy source, and production platform, how can we use the adaptability, resilience, variety, and rapid reproduction of algae for textiles? How can we cultivate microalgae on textiles? How can we live in symbiosis with algae? "Wear the story, be a story" is a popular internet phrase and also the slogan of Storybag.

︎Core Themes

︎Harmony with Nature:

Design accessories that promote a symbiotic relationship between humans and the environment.

︎Adaptive Technology:

Incorporate technologies that enhance daily life in response to environmental changes.

︎Cultural Reflection:

Ensure designs are rooted in Qingdao’s cultural context and respond to the city’s unique environmental challenges.

︎Digital Interaction:

Use digital media to create an immersive and interactive experience.

︎Narrative Storytelling:

Develop a cohesive narrative that ties together environmental research, cultural analysis, and futuristic design.

︎Multimedia Integration:

Combine video, digital editions, and physical accessories to create a comprehensive and engaging project.

︎Information Architecture & Prototype:  

︎History - Observations by Month

Qing Dao, a port city located on the eastern coast of China. It was built and colonized by Germans for 100 years and later by the Japanese before being reclaimed by China in 1922. Today, the city has a population of nearly 12 million inhabitants. This website presents observations made over a six-month period (May to October) focusing on Qingdao's high temperatures and environmental changes.Demo 1:

Inspiration/Research behind “More”:

May - Mai - 五月

︎Seasonal Notes:

Each month is presented with two Jieqi (solar terms) that act as poetic indicators of seasonal changes, highlighting the historical imagery of the city before current environmental issues arose.

︎Climate Change:

Represented by the Camellia flower, with colors white and red.

︎Seasonal Abundance:

Clams are plentiful during this period.


Exaggerated size indicators to emphasize the pollution levels.

Demo 1:


Inspiration/Research behind “More”:

June - Juin - 六月

︎Climate Change and Eutrophication:

The presence of Enteromorpha (harmless green algae) covering the sea surface.

︎Seasonal Abundance:

Mantis shrimp are in abundance.


Exaggerated size indicators to highlight pollution impact.

Demo 1:


Inspiration/Research behind “More”:

July - Juillet - 七月

︎Fashion Trend:

The facekini becomes popular, protecting against sun rays, pollution, and jellyfish.

︎Seasonal Abundance:

Squid are plentiful during this period.


Color changes to indicate pollution levels.

Demo 1:


Inspiration/Research behind “More”:

August - Août - 八月 

︎Beer Festival:

The city hosts a prominent beer festival, attracting numerous tourists to the beaches.

︎Seasonal Abundance:

Larimichthys (small fish) are abundant.


Changes in size and color to depict pollution levels.

Demo 1:


Inspiration/Research behind “More”:

September - Septembre - 九月

︎Sailing Races:

This month is notable for sailing races that occupy a significant portion of the sea.

︎Seasonal Abundance:

Hairtail fish are plentiful.


Size indicators to represent pollution.

Demo 1:


Inspiration/Research behind “More”:

October - Octobre - 十月

︎Autumnal Changes:

Maple leaves color the beach, and seagulls cover the sea, often cleaning up the beach by eating waste.

︎Seasonal Abundance:

Blue crabs are abundant during this period.


Color changes from blue to red to indicate pollution levels.

Demo 1:


Inspiration/Research behind “More”:


The SEA HOT website provides a comprehensive look at Qingdao's environmental and seasonal changes over six months, illustrating the impact of climate change and pollution through vivid imagery and detailed observations. Each month highlights specific seasonal activities and environmental challenges, fostering a deeper understanding of the city's ecological dynamics.


︎Final propositions:

Sea hot, People hot, Qingdao hot storybag 2050


a digital edition and a website where waves blend with the virtual:  seahotqingdao︎︎︎

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A video where the voices of the inhabitants and the creator of the facekini meet, weaving an intimate and sincere dialogue.

︎QINGDAO HOT storybag 2050

A collection of fashion accessories envisioned for Qingdao’s horizon in 2050, emerging as futuristic visions. The collection consists of four elements:

︎The biological tube, pulsating with life:

A pulsating accessory that integrates living organisms.

︎Speed oxygen, infusing pure air:

A device that provides purified air.

︎Living fabric, vibrating to the rhythm of nature:

A textile that vibrates in sync with natural rhythms.

︎Symbiosis bag, harmony between man and environment:

A bag that symbolizes harmony between humans and the environment.




The "HOT, HOT, HOT" project takes us to Qingdao in 2050, a future shaped by environmental challenges and cultural adaptations. By integrating digital media, interactive storytelling, and futuristic fashion design, the project invites users to reflect on their relationship with the environment and consider innovative solutions for a sustainable future.

Reflecting on this project, we see the power of combining environmental research with cultural insights and technological innovation. The "HOT, HOT, HOT" project not only highlights pressing global issues but also showcases the potential for art and design to inspire change. Through interdisciplinary collaboration and user-centered design, the project creates a meaningful and engaging experience that resonates with contemporary audiences and encourages them to envision a better future.

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