Huawei Pocket 2 Art Customized Edition: Light and shadow art, unlimited imagination

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Aesthetic Pioneer

In the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, there is a "Skeleton Skirt", which is a set of high-end clothing made of polyamide powder as raw material and using 3D printing technology.

In 2011, Chinese supermodel Liu Wen made her fashion week debut wearing a "skeleton skirt" and became the most stunning model in the show.

The perfect match between cutting-edge technology and Chinese supermodels was created by Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, the most deviant haute couture artist who was first known for using 3D printing technology to create haute couture clothing.

Iris van Herpen combines ancient couture craftsmanship with innovative technological materials to create many avant-garde and avant-garde experimental works with great visual impact.

The "Escapism" dress designed by her was selected as one of the world's 50 greatest inventions in 2011 by Time magazine, along with voice assistants, lunar probes, Watson AI, and Boeing 787 aircraft.

In 2024, during Iris van Herpen’s personal art exhibition in Paris, the latest works will also arrive quietly.

This time, technology is no longer attached to art, but art is attached to technology. The new work is not a fashion, but a mobile phone: Huawei Pocket 2 Art Customized Edition.

light and shadow art

Huawei Pocket 2 Art Custom Edition is the second collaboration between Huawei and Iris van Herpen. Last time, they chose to innovate in colors and textures to create the theme of "symbiosis of all things, gilded veins".

This time, the haute couture artist decided to make a visual breakthrough. At the beginning of the cooperation, Iris van Herpen proposed a new proposition:

I hope to create a visual design that is different from the past to bring new visual effects and sensory experiences.

Today, it is not easy to create new experiences in mobile phone design. The front of the mobile phone is almost occupied by the screen, and all the craftsmanship can only be done on the back – that is, color, material and finishing, or CMF for short.

In fact, mobile phone designers have made enough attempts in different aspects regardless of color, material or surface treatment process. To take into account the feel, durability and difficulty of mass production, glass is the most mainstream choice.

High-end art is to create differences in mainstream design.

Iris van Herpen decided to turn the back panel of Huawei Pocket 2 into an art installation.

To be precise, it is an optical illusion art installation.

Optical illusion art is a kind of art that uses differences and loopholes in visual perception to create seemingly impossible image effects.

You may have also seen the "infinite loop staircase". This is the work of MC Escher, a painter also from the Netherlands. His optical illusion paintings are full of visual sensory impact. They challenge human instinct and always arouse endless excitement. thoughts and reveries.

Iris van Herpen wants to embed this kind of artistic effect into mobile phone design. Her experience studying classical ballet when she was young made her accustomed to looking at the world with a fluid eye. She once described her haute couture designs:

My design process is to turn a small piece of body rhythm into a wearable piece of clothing through 3D printing "choreography".

Iris van Herpen brings smart lines and dancing shapes to Huawei Pocket 2. On two-dimensional drawings, she uses optical illusion techniques to depict dreamlike three-dimensional lines.

In order to achieve the dreamy effect in Iris van Herpen's design, Huawei's Pocket 2 design team pioneered the three-dimensional dynamic space process, using 87 complicated production processes on a diaphragm with a thickness of only 0.14mm, just like a Engraved on A4 paper.

First, the craftsmen reconstructed the design pattern three-dimensionally and divided it into 680,000 modules. Through unique visual skills, they created an image with a sense of spatial depth. The flat design drawing was reshaped into a three-dimensional design drawing.

Then, a high-precision laser engraving mold is used to imprint the texture on the diaphragm according to the reconstructed layout using nanoimprint technology, and the pattern color is filled with the ink particle size of 0.1 micron to form a pattern. layer.

On the back of the thin diaphragm, there are 680,000 photolithography lenses densely arranged. Engineers use micron-level mirrors to calibrate the texture pattern on the diaphragm and accurately match the photolithography lenses one by one. This is the lens layer.

In order for optical illusion art to be perfectly presented, "optical moiré imaging" technology is the key.

This technology is based on the moiré phenomenon and creates a dynamic three-dimensional visual effect by superimposing light and dark stripes formed by two patterns with similar frequencies.

Each lens in the lens layer on the glass diaphragm is only about 100 microns in diameter. Hundreds of thousands of these lenses are densely arranged, and through them, light is reflected into the human eye to form an image.

The lens layer is like a painting library. There are a vast number of paintings hidden in it, but only by matching the correct key can the corresponding painting be found.

The pattern layer is a set of keys to unlock this painting library. For each viewing angle, a corresponding image code is recorded. As the viewer's angle changes, the unlocked image changes. In the lens the diameter of a hair, there are thousands of imprinting points, and the ink is directional and quantitatively printed using nanotechnology to form thousands of patterns from different viewpoints.

After calibration, the light is refracted and reflected by the photolithography lens, and the light and shadow can be accurately projected onto the blue diaphragm under the backplate glass to achieve microlens imaging. Each microlens captures light from different angles, creating layers of dynamic visual effects.

The original two-dimensional prints now have corresponding projections and become three-dimensional lines in three-dimensional space. On the glass plane, which is only as thin as a human hair, layers of light and shadow can be formed. Each layer of artistic texture complements each other, and the optical illusion lines form a wonderful interaction with the mobile phone, ultimately forming a brand new picture in your eyes, leaving a lasting moment of the butterfly spreading its wings.

The collision of avant-garde aesthetics and complicated craftsmanship brings about a wonderful chemical reaction and a dazzling sense of unreality.

At first glance, when the cascading curves extend layer by layer on the smooth horizontal back glass, you will unconsciously want to explore the layers of texture with your hands. When your thumb passes over the three-dimensional pattern, it is flat.

Taking another look, I slowly laid the phone flat, with the bottom at eye level, expecting to find the depth of the back lines, but it was also flat.

This is the magic of light and shadow. No matter which angle you look at, you can feel the extension and rhythm of the lines. The light flows on the smooth glass on the back of the phone, giving every inch of light and shadow a surprise.

At this moment, the mobile phone has become an exquisite optical illusion artwork. This is the unique aesthetic value that art gives to technology.

As expected by Iris van Herpen:

Through its smart artistic effect, you can feel the vitality and blooming of life.

The beauty of equality

What happens when haute couture meets mobile phones, and artists and scientists come together?

Huawei Pocket 2 Art Custom Edition gives the answer.

It is an incredible thing when a unique high-end design becomes a smartphone within everyone’s reach.

Beauty is a way of life. How to use technology to convey the value of beauty is a new proposition for technology companies.

Huawei is one of the leaders.

In recent years, Huawei's thinking about mobile phone aesthetics has taken on a new dimension. In addition to color and materials, design concepts have dominated new aesthetic designs.

Cognitive scientist and author of "Usable Design" Donald Norman mentioned three levels of design in his work: instinct, behavior and reflection.

The instinctive level refers to the user's first impression of the product's appearance, the behavioral level refers to the user experience brought about by the product's functional design, and the reflective level focuses more on the user's deep emotions towards the product.

After years of exploration of mobile phone materials and colors, the diversity of Huawei mobile phones has become rich enough. With the improvement of images, systems, performance, etc., the product experience has also become more stable. So what can further capture users is Emotional connection.

Presenting the imagination of technology and aesthetics is Huawei’s new goal in pursuing aesthetics, which also coincides with Iris van Herpen’s design philosophy:

Fashion is also a tool, and changing emotions also shapes oneself.
Fashion is an instrument for change, to shift us emotionally.

It is not difficult to understand why Huawei chose to cooperate with Iris van Herpen, because the Huawei P50 Pocket Art Customized Edition and the just-released Huawei Pocket 2 Art Customized Edition are the best examples of Huawei’s new aesthetic concept for mobile phones.

Huawei P50 Pocket Art Custom Edition adopts three-dimensional micro-carving technology, and Iris van Herpen’s iconic texture is engraved on the body, conveying the design concept of symbiosis of art and technology;

Both mobile phones are based on artistic concepts and let artistic aesthetics guide industrial design. A lot of effort is required behind them to bridge the huge gap between art and technology.

But it's all worth it, because beauty can never be put on the shelf.

Beauty comes from life and belongs to everyone equally.

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