C.o.c.o.i. China 2016

Systematic design thinking workshops


The second edition of C.o.c.o.i. China, hosted in November 2016 was centered around the topic Systematic Design Thinking.

During these 5-day workshop students from GAFA, SCAU (Guangzhou) and HNU (Changsha) researched & experimented how to let their designs start a dialogue and adapt, react or interact with their environment. By looking at relationships within the design, and relations it can form they made systematic designs with which they’ve challenged themselves and their audience to participate in a dynamic presentation of their findings during the workshop.

Discover, wonder, interact… Design is alive!


Near the end of the workshop we asked the students to collect all their findings and work they made so far, to document all of this together in a (systematically-made) publication. All the students' work was hung in a frame according to a set of rules and photographed, to ensure a systematic result for the final publication. These publications were then printed at local printshops, giving each of them a unique character as well. Read more about the publications here.

(Dynamic Identities) Exhibition

As with the previous edition of the C.o.c.o.i. Workshops in China, the week was concluded with the building of an exhibition. Next to working on systematic designs, the students worked on producing a dynamic, systematic identity for a music festival in groups, for which they were asked to make an (interactive) installation for during the exhibition on the last day. The results varied from interactive posters, to lighting installations and DIY-poster production. The students were free to choose a name, genre and location for the festival, as long as they made use of their (newly acquired) systematic design thinking tools to produce all the visualisations for their festival.

C.o.c.o.i. Project

More about the C.o.c.o.i. Workshops can be found on the website cocoi-project.com, as well as (more) pictures from each individual workshop at the art-academies mentioned above, and previous workshops in other locations.