Inequality of Urban Space
The inequality that still prevails within the human race is a constant problem in our society. When living in an environment that is constantly deteriorating and is looked down upon without having a choice, the future generally is not so good. Regardless of the different incomes we have, a person’s quality of live should never be jeopardized because of things they have no control over.
I decided to focus on inequality as apparent in physical urban space. The consequences of such inequality reflect in the way neighborhoods are perceived and the stereotypes that surround them. The quality of life in a low-income neighborhood is extremely discouraging. It stops people from evolving and believing they can achieve more in life as opposed to a normal/higher-level neighborhood, where the grass is always greener.
My 45 symbols portray the evident differences between advantaged and disadvantaged neighborhoods and draw attention to the importance of the extreme disconnection between these two worlds. The way these symbols were drawn and illustrated reflect the quality of life in such neighborhoods. And while differences in income will always exist, the quality of life shouldn’t be at risk or compromised.
My name is Roxana Dominguez and I’m a senior currently studying Graphic Design at the University of Houston. Inequality, in any aspect, saddens me and as a graphic designer I have the opportunity to voice out my opinion and express myself freely. Through my work I transmit everything I feel with the intention that it somehow makes a connection with at least one person. Inequality in physical urban space is something that is unfair and its not taken as seriously as it should be. With these symbols, I hope to raise awareness and give the people who suffer from this situation the importance they deserve. No life should be compromised with events in their life they have no control over.
Feng Sheng – God of Flying Kites
Ding Mu – God of Power Supplies
Wenchang Wang – God of Final Exams
Kitchen God – God of Snacks
Lei Gong – God of Swearing
Yu Bo – God of Good Weather
Dragon King – God of Water Activities
Lu Dongbin – God of Hair Styles
Cai Lun – God of Graphic Arts
Nuwa – God of Restoration
Guan Sheng Di Jun – God of Homework
Chen Tuan – God of Good Sleep
Jiutian Xuannu – God of Lamps
Jiutian Xuannu – God of Drinking
Zhuge Liang – God of Tasty Bread
Wu Daozi – God of Painting
Baosheng Dadi – God of Recovery
Lord Xiqin – God of Movies
Yuen Tin Sheung Tai – God of Pork
Guanyin – God of Social Network
Wu Pan Guan – God of Fighting
Wen Pan Guan – God of Scores
Chenghuang Ye – God of Traffic
Wind-following Ear – God of Gossiping
Thousand-li Eye – God of Peeping
TienTu YuanShuai – God of Music
Taishang Laojun – God of Fitness
Zhang Shuai – God of Pimples
Faju Zhenjun – God of Travel
Living with Gods
In Chinese religion gods will bless you if you show your profound respect and devotion. However, today we are no longer familiar with these gods’ identities or what they stand for. Which god is in charge of your hair cut? Which god takes responsibility for your social media activities? This project combines the ancient meaning of specific gods with contemporary life in Taiwan. The author translated the concept of gods to every day activities in his life. The “gods’ job descriptions” may have changed but they are still willing to help people who worship them with sincerely.
Lee, Chieh-ting, born in 1991, Taipei is a student of commercial design at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. He received the following awards: 2015 Taiwan International Student Design Competition, Taiwan International Graphic Design Award, ASAKURA NAOMI Award, Shanghai Biennial Exhibition of Asia Graphic Design 2015, Macau Design Biennial award 2015 & Blend-2015 International Typography Design Awards. His work is driven by experimenting with diverse materials and bilingual typography combining dierent materials and Chinese and English alphabets.