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  • MICROSOFT LIMITED-EDITION ARTIST SERIES CUSTOM MOUSE DESIGN

    For Microsoft’s ongoing limited edition artist series (and to celebrate the “Year of the Snake”), we created a unique graphic treatment for the brand’s Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500. For this project, we worked with Shanghai-based designer and EDGE Creative Collective member Left.

    The inspiration for this concept comes from the ancient Chinese text called “Mountains and Seas,” which documents various facets of nature, geography, and biology. “Mountains and Seas” says that snakes rise from the sea each year and journey to land, only to return to sea at the end of the year. The snake is an important creature mentioned throughout the book. Furthermore, many monsters and gods that are mentioned in the book have human heads and snake-like bodies. An example of this is Fu Xi and his wife Nu Wa, the Chinese goddess who, according to legend, created the world and its people. 

    We took characters from “Mountains and Seas,” and have presented them in a style that is similar to the shadow-puppets that were used by Chinese storytellers in ancient times. The red seal at the base of the mouse is Left’s name as represented by a traditional artist mark. The overall result is an inspiring cultural remix full of Chinese traditional imagery and modern graphic elements executed perfectly on the top face of the product.

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