Zilin Yuan

Open Studio: 3rd - 4th February 2023
MA 2023

Current Degree: Service Design, Royal College of the Art, 2021-2023

Previous Degree: Industrial Design, California College of the Arts, 2017-2021

I am a student who is passionate about designing for sustainability and accessibility. With an industrial design background, I think service design is a discipline that can overcome industrial design’s deficiencies since it is oriented toward user experience improvement and sets its eye on the whole. At the Royal College of Art, I have worked on a wide range of projects, from building a new vision for garment workers to healing people with climate anxiety. These projects allow me to develop service design skills and philosophies and also help me build up my innovative design practice.

final project 2022

WIP project 2022

In this project, we identified people's concerns about climate change, especially for the younger generation, who will have to live with the long-term effects of our present actions or inaction, which can be recognised as climate anxiety. It can create barriers to engage in climate action, as people feel overwhelmed with negativity and struggle to enact real change.

So 432 Habitat was created. A digital audio service with climate healing and real actions, which encourage Gen Z & Gen Alpha (who have to co-exist with climate anxiety for decades) to value and treat climate anxiety. Thus, helping people beyond paralysis and into action.