Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Industrial Design


Industrial Design

First Advisor

Soojung Ham

Second Advisor

Meada Daly-Cano

Third Advisor

Barbara Von Eckardt


There are a lot of books and theories on the market to help improve our communication skills and relationship with others. However, they hardly mention that the fundamental principle behind our relationship to others is how we understand and accept ourselves. The thesis aims to promote our understanding of our own identity and identities of our family members. It is worthy to mention that the thesis is conducted in a Chinese context. The thesis mainly learned from Non-violent communication and theories about identity, especially narrative identity. The deliverables are a set of narrative cards and prompts that can be played in the family. This thesis is a gift for me and my family. You may contact me to request my full thesis book if you are interested in it.


View exhibition online: Zhuoyan Xie, A Family Game: tell the stories that shaped us



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