A Visual Retrospective of Digital Cameras

This project is a visual retrospective of digital cameras over the past two decades. With detailed information of nearly 4000 cameras, the visualization of any factor(s) in their technical specification will show the temporal development of this industry under the timeline. The project was created with great love and passion for cameras and photography.

Yufeng Zhao



The technical specification of digital cameras gets evolved at a rapid pace over time. Or does it? By going through thousands of digital cameras ever released, the project Digicam in Specs uses specification sheets of cameras to address the change in the industry by interpreting the technology development, product design, consumer-centered business strategies related data.

IMA/IMB Shanghai
Critical Data & Visualization

One Free Click

To make recycling appropriated content on Kuaishou easier for grassroots digital creative entrepreneurs, a website connected to an auto-editing service and a video database is developed to help them survive on the video platform.

Yufeng Zhao



One Free Click is an interactive website that showcases trending yet replicable Kuaishou videos within selected hashtags and generates auto-edited derivative videos, ready to upload with a single click. This project is inspired by the structural practice of video reproduction on Kuaishou, the leading short video platform in China.

Kuaishou is known for the unabashed earthiness of its contents and its encouragement for mass entrepreneurship by means of monetization of digital content. On Kuaishou, in order to speed up the production and bring down the cost, there are a large group of videos that are reproductions of existing ones. Many reproduce the same plots, scenes or lines, and some are just collages or re-edits of existing videos. However, thanks to Kuaishou’s delicately curated recommendation system, the lack of content originality does not affect the publicity of the videos in attracting new audiences to the publishing accounts. Such workflows are often passed down from established Kuaishou influencers to newcomers through self-run mentorship programs.

One Free Click is a piece of web art as well as a product designed for newcomers to the Kuaishou business. The entry page presents a collection of videos under a few popular tags among the reproduction practice. Under each tag, a condensed view of the existing corpus is shown in order to quickly familiarize the user with its creative context. While unveiling the phenomenon, it also responds with an automated editing workflow for simple video reproduction, free of charge to average Kuaishou users struggling with mechanical labor and hassles in their mobile editing software. With a click of a button, it generates a random video from a database of existing ones for immediate downloading and publishing. It aims to provoke thoughts in China’s landscape of fast-entertainment, mass entrepreneurship, and the ecosystem for content creators.

IMA/IMB Shanghai
Capstone Studio (Shanghai)