“The difficulties living as a foreigner in another country lead to high pressures in the study environment. Those pressures had been building for 18 months before finally reaching a crisis point during one of my midterm presentations,” Yi-Fei Chen says in an interview with Dezeen, regarding her time as a graduate student at Design Academy Eindhoven. Chen translated these pent-up emotions into a brass tear gun—a powerful, functional metaphor. The gun mounts a cup below the eye, collects tears, freezes them and then fires them at the pull of a trigger. It represents far more than just stunning design capability—Chen channels her emotion into a display of vulnerability. Read more about her experience on Dezeen.