Reflective thinking about Zhang Heng, the asia architype
I have been searched for the first person that create original chinese design images for years. Finally, I found a respected person who called Zhang Heng, and also was the first engineer and inventor in chinese history. Thousand years passed, we ignored the cultural and aesthetic value that this great piece of seismometer called as "侯風地動儀", which means the seismometer as "wind blows when the earth quake happens". With this sense, the dragon with expression of the "wind" in metaphor, and the frog with "ground". Nevertheless, the dragon was placed on the side of seismometer with a function of "drop the dragon ball" to the frog mouth. In other words, the phenomena of "earth quake" is transferred to a clear image in universal meaning for the user at that period.
We also found a example in western cultural as parallel comprehension. The sewing machine is obviously reminded in early industrial revolution and also provided as the first industrial product in design history. The decoration style as the "whiplash" was reflected the cultural of art-nouveau in various meanings, which highlighted the design values in the progress of industrial development. However, the sewing machine and the seismometer both have a decorative reasoning from the art and cultural status, to delivering the aesthetic and engineering approach that doesn't change a lot for hundred years.