Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Industrial Design


Industrial Design

First Advisor

Peter Yeadon

Second Advisor

Agatha Haines

Third Advisor

Chester dols


My thesis centers around designing microbial systems and objects for a sustainable future. I propose ideas to bring microbes into the home in order to make people understand them as a part of the environment. Through deep consideration of how my microbe based material could change across national and social contexts, I create accessible, attractive and friendly-looking design objects with microbes that address people’s fear of microbial life. I strive to facilitate the intersection and interaction between people and technologies in ways that are ultimately harmonious for the well being of both.

My ultimate goal for my thesis is not only making this material useful, but also finding design processes that could contribute to the environment by returning the design to nature. Furthermore, I would like to implement technologies into this sustainable material so I can suggest ways that designers can use it for various purposes and mass production.


View exhibition online: Yujin Hwang, The Art of Microbe Maintenance: Value and Applications in Design



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