Wiper LED Barricade Lights by Dong Ding, JinCai Ma and JunXi Hunag. Bronze Award, Students
All three designers of the Wiper LED Barricade Lights have been studying industrial design at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China since 2012. In their project, Dong Ding, JinCai Ma and JunXi Hunag use the rapid movement of car windscreen wipers equipped with LEDs to send warning signals to the cars behind, thus preventing accidents.
We asked Dong Ding three questions about the project, which won the Bronze Award in the Students category.
1. What problem does your project offer a solution for and how does it work?
If your car breaks down, the Wiper LED Barricade Lights can warn the cars behind you and help you to prevent dangerous accidents on the road. Before using it, you need to pull the rear wiper up, so it can swing freely and show a warning sign as the LED lights move, as a signal for the cars behind you to drive slowly.
2. How did your design process unfold? What steps did you take ,and what challenges did you face?
I have experienced driving in foggy and rainy conditions and know the kind of danger that this poses for the cars following behind. The idea behind the Wipers LED Barricade Lights was to come up with an innovative design that could prevent accidents. Creating the prototype was the biggest challenge that we faced. We needed to start from scratch and learn programming, for example. That process was very difficult.
3. What are your criteria for “good” design, and what role do you think design will play in the future?
Good design derives from life. Design thinking is an active process that is conveyed in visual form. Cognition is perhaps the most important design tool. Technical designers also need good judgment and creativity, and the ability to evaluate the aesthetics of works of design. No matter how complex design projects are, they can be managed by learning, carefully pondering, absorbing and digesting excellent designs of the same type, in order to achieve a new creation.