My Role
Research into early childhood education with specifics on creativity's impact on rapid childhood development. The results helped Initiate an ideation process that defined all the underlying themes presented within each concept. As a lead designer, I worked in a highly collaborative environment, establishing visual ideas and implementing the final application of environmental graphics and corporate designs.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
The Challenge
To create a corporate brand and environmental design system that inspires students to see and think differently, appealing to a broad age group of students, faculty, parents, and stakeholders. This system also needed to be scalable to grow with mature students.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Concept: Deconstruct to Reconstruct
All children between 8 - 10 will start to conform with their peers as their lives become more structured and reality-based. They are less imaginative and lose their playful quality. According to researchers such as James Moran, throughout elementary school, there is a 25% drop in what we would identify as creative attempts, a number that does not show an equal increase until the college years. 
The concept of deconstruction and reconstruction breaks apart Chinese written characters and reassembles them into Chinese Zodiacs, such as monkeys, oxen, and dragons. Using positive messaging reinforces a positive mindset, and the characters help children see the world through a new lens, igniting the students' curiosity and imagination.​​​​​​​

Illustrated Workbook Covers​​​​​​​

Corporate Design System 
The corporate design adapted a professional and modern design style for internal use and communication with parents.
Environmental + Wayfinding System​​​​​​​
Initial Design Problem
The signage was mounted near the 15-foot ceiling, making it beyond the viewport of elementary students and adults. The design goal was to create an inspiring wayfinding system closer to eye level, no taller than 5" in height.
Solution: Wall Signs + Floormaps 
Since students are closer to the ground than the ceiling, we introduced iconography-rich floor maps. Since they have not mastered the Chinese language yet, wall graphics written in English and Chinese are intended for adult use only.​​​​​​​

Door signages
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