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. I worked in a highly collaborative environment as a lead designer establishing visual ideas and the final application of environmental graphic and corporate designs.
To create a corporate brand and environmental design system inspiring students to see and think differently, appealing to a broad age group from students, faculty, parents, and stakes holders. 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 deconstruction and reconstruction concept breaks apart Chinese written characters and reassembles them into Chinese Zodiacs such as monkeys, ox, and dragon. 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 signages were mounted near the 15' ceiling, making them beyond elementary students' and adults' viewport. 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 with English and Chinese written intended for adult use only.