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  1. Hello, my name is Orlando M. I'm holding a contest for 3-wheel designs for a futuristic looking electric-hybrid Supercar and its crest/emblem, with cash prizes for the first, second and third winners. The contest is open to design students in any level. We are looking for the best talent. Here is an opportunity to add some experience to your portfolio. I want to bring to life the winning design along with my team of engineers. The vehicle is going to be made of light materials like a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and a carbon fiber body. The interior is going to have all the details and the dash will have a digital touch screen. The body will have air intakes on the hood, roof and the sides. The vehicle will be powered by a three wheel electric motor drive system, a battery pack and an on board biodiesel generator. To register in the contest, email me at orlandom@hush.com and you'll get an email back with a package that has more detailed information about the design, as well as pictures to give you a better idea of what my team and I are looking for, such as information on how we'd like the crest/emblem to look, and a legal document to sign for use of your design to build the vehicle if you win, along with the winning prize information. Single Day Event On: 22 May 2013 View the full article
  2. As Chinese designers struggle to gain credibility in both their domestic and global fashion industries, one high-profile buyer has taken interest: a member of the Saudi royal family. According to a recent China Daily report, a Saudi princess has ordered a dress from Chinese designer NE·TIGER after seeing one of the label’s designs in an exhibition in Riyadh in April. The made-to-measure luxury gown will reportedly be blue “with golden dragon embroidery,” and will be constructed by three designers sent to Riyadh. Read the full article at Jing Daily View the full article
  3. Retail brands need to consider carefully whether to establish their China headquarters in Shanghai or Beijing. The majority of fashion brands has opted for Shanghai in the past, but Beijing, the capital city, has a lot to offer too. In fact, Beijing might even make more sense to certain brands. Why? Let’s take a look at some of the characteristics of these two Chinese metropolises. Historically, Shanghai used to be more open and westernized as a city as such, but also in terms of government regulations and the way business was done. As a consequence the consumers in Shanghai are already very familiar with Western styles and foreign designer brands. The city also offers interesting architectural styles, many green recreational areas and an international entertainment, bar and restaurant scene that make foreign executives easily feel at home. All these factors combined made Shanghai a first choice for a market entry into mainland China. Today, with a large number of luxury and designer stores, the city continues to lead the way as open and westernized fashion capital in China, but other cities are catching up rapidly. Beijing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Shenyang, among others, all offer well-developed fashion and lifestyle brand landscapes, an appetite for foreign brands and more moderate government regulations than a few years ago. The argument of Shanghai’s openness and better developed fashion taste does not suffice any more to justify a brand’s investment into a head office location, or does it? From our point of view, Shanghai’s strongest advantage that justifies the establishment of a local headquarter is its central geographic position in mainland China. So far, the majority of cities usually targeted for an expansion by brands are located in the East of the country, and all important cities in the North and South can be reached by plane in about two hours. Of course, this implies that the brand we are talking about does plan for a balanced expansion strategy into the North, South and West of the country. This would mean, for example, open retail stores in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, (both close to Shanghai / central China), Beijing, Shenyang, Harbin (in the North), Chengdu and Chongqing (in the West), and Guangzhou and Shenzhen (in the South). But should a brand plan its expansion like this? Well, this would depend on each brand’s unique positioning, financial resources and planned commitment to the Chinese market expansion, as well as their production capacities. Some brands choose to maintain their flair of exclusivity by opening not more than five flagship stores in mainland China, others (look at many watch brands!) together with franchise partners have opened hundreds of points of sale including “global flagship stores”, concept stores, boutiques, and department store counters all over the country. There are others again, such as smaller, often family owned businesses, who manufacture and craft the pieces by hand, and who therefore can only expand in pace with their production capacity. Read our articles on Chinese cities with the highest potential for new store locations and the potential of the Chinese luxury retail market to learn more and optimize your expansion strategy in China. In each case, a brand needs to analyze the different submarkets in Chinese cities and where the products might sell best based on local consumer preferences and culture. Marketing means and product offering may have to be slightly adjusted accordingly, but need to remain part of an overall brand strategy and visual identity. And by researching the characteristics of different consumer segments and geographies, brands might realize that opening more stores in the North rather than the South makes more sense to them. Many people know that Beijing, as the capital city, is where most of the government and military bureaus are located and their employees are regular consumers of luxury brands. Besides the government and military, most media headquarters are also located in Beijing. This includes high-end fashion magazines such as Vogue, Bazaar, Marie Claire, but also social media such as Sina Weibo, art related institutions and many new creative agencies. To market a brand successfully, it is necessary to stay in regular touch with the media and attend their industry events regularly. Beijing is also the city where most of China’s millionaires live and where most of the retail sales revenue is made. (according to a report published by Hurun in 2012, Shanghai ranks no. 3 as home to wealthy Chinese after Beijing and Guangdong province). Northern Chinese consumers have a large appetite for luxury goods and are less likely to travel (and purchase) abroad than their counterparts from the South. This is another factor that makes Beijing and the North of China an attractive location. Guangzhou and Shenzhen (both in the South) are located very close to Hong Kong, and local consumers are tempted to take a daytrip to Hong Kong to purchase the latest luxury products for a much lower price, due to the low import and sales taxes there. Shanghai has been promoted as China’s “Fashion Mecca” in the past, but the truth is, that many luxury stores act as store front showcases only to create brand awareness, raise the image and pave the way for an expansion into smaller second and third tier cities. This sad detail might also be due to the fact that Shanghai is surrounded by other, smaller, well developed and very livable cities (Hangzhou, Nanjing, Wuxi, Suzhou, and Ningbo) which are also home to a range of luxury mall developments, and luxury sales therefore gets spread over the region rather than concentrate in one of these cities. By contrast, Beijing is a “stand-alone” market and although its sister city Tianjin was heavily promoted by the government in recent years it has not really taken off for luxury brands. Thanks to the government’s various programs to stimulate the capital’s economic and cultural growth, the city has been and still is attracting tourist and business travelers from all over China, all with a strong impact on luxury sales. It is no coincidence that most luxury brands have opened more and bigger stores in Beijing than Shanghai. These stores are designed to impress and showcase the brand heritage through oversized store dimensions. People in the North also tend to be more attracted to “bling” and show off luxury products, and spend a higher portion of their savings on luxury items as compared to residents in the South. In summary, China is a country with a size and amount of submarkets comparable to Europe, and should be treated as such rather than as a single geographic entity. It is worth to invest in detailed market research and try to understand the motivations that drive different consumer segments, as well as considering the infrastructure of locations in order to determine an appropriate distribution strategy. Taking into account the brand’s requirements for government and media relations, availability of partners such as licensees or plants, and after defining the overall strategy for China, it will be easy to choose the right city for the brand’s headquarters. Via 5 Star Plus Retail Design View the full article
  4. I think you should review the programs of different schools from countries where you would like to study. And then contact them to learn more about the courses. Start with TU Delft from the Netherlands. They have a website with a lot info about their master programs of ID.
  5. your sketches are not bad at all. How passionate are you about industrial design? Do you very often like to create things? If you work very hard, then don't worry.
  6. Walls appear to be peeling back from the facade of this house by Chinese office AZL Architects, one of 24 architect-designed buildings underway in a forest near Nanjing, China. The house forms part of the Chinese International Practical Exhibition of Architecture (CIPEA) programme, which was first conceived back in 2003 as a showcase of modern architecture featuring 11 buildings by Chinese studios and 13 more by architects from abroad. A total of 20 houses are planned for the site in Laoshan National Forest Park, as well as an art museum by Steven Holl, a conference centre by Arata Isozaki, a hotel by Liu Jiakun and a leisure centre by the late Ettore Sottsass. For his contribution, Zhang Lei of AZL Architects designed a four-storey house with layered concrete walls, intended to resemble the curling forms of traditional Chinese scrolls. Each opening provides a wide aperture, framing views of the surrounding woodland from balconies that wrap the perimeter. “The concept of Blockhouse is almost the living attitude of many Chinese; a minimal opening to the surrounding landscape is the only perforation of the richness inside the house,” say the architects. Rooms are contained within a glass volume at the centre of the structure. A living and dining room occupies the ground floor, while the five bedrooms required by the brief are located upstairs along with bathrooms and a study. Via Dezeen View the full article
  7. The Museum of Handcraft Paper is among the top 20 nominees of the 2013 international Aga Khan Award, which presents a one million USD prize for first place. The Aga Khan Award for architectural design recently announced its 2013 shortlist of nominees, with China’s Museum of Handcraft Paper in Yunnan province as the only East Asian country represented in the final top 20 candidates. We actually reported on the completion of this project in an architectural roundup earlier this year. Read the rest of the article at CreativeHunt View the full article
  8. While news of China’s luxury and fashion markets — and their consumers — often make for attractive headlines, one story often lost in the mix is the Chinese creatives powering the country’s burgeoning design industry. Here, we present a “mini-haul” of some of the most interesting industrial designers and architects that have caught — and continue to catch — our eye. Read the rest of the article at Jing Daily View the full article
  9. This asterisk-shaped restaurant and winery at the centre of a lake near Beijing is our second story in the last week about Chinese studio SAKO Architects. The timber-clad building was designed by SAKO Architects with different functions in each of its five wings, while a wine cellar occupies the basement. An entranceway cuts through the first of the five wings. A lobby is located beyond and leads into a central hall with a circular skylight overhead. A wine showroom and bar are contained in the second wing, while the third contains the dining room of the restaurant. Both of these spaces open out to rectangular terraces, plus one of them projects out across the surface of the lake. The fourth wing contains a series of private function rooms, divided by brick walls with gaps to let the light through, and the final wing contains the kitchen and staff facilities. Via Dezeen View the full article
  10. International Design Competition – Sustainable Laundry Deadline: 14th June 2013 http://www.designwithculture.co.uk As part of research into design and culture at Loughborough University Design School, UK, an international design competition is being held to design a more sustainable and suitable laundry process using inspiration from people’s everyday behaviour. Participants are asked to convey a context and redesign the laundry process in that context using the provided design guidelines. The competition is being judged by leading academics and industry experts in the field of Design for Sustainable Behaviour. The competition is open to designers from all locations and prizes include a Nexus 7 tablet as well as a presenting final designs to industry partners. Registration is Free, More information is available at Ranged Event From: 13 May 2013 To: 14 Jun 2013 View the full article
  11. In China, a significant evolution is taking place in industrial design, carmakers included. Many industry leaders point to the growing trend of leveraging the China car market as a creative base, not only to more effectively target mainland buyers but to export China-led designs under non-Chinese brands. Read the rest of the article at Jing Daily View the full article
  12. Join the final phase of the Injection Design Award and design a creative packaging for Uniteam-Italia and its innovative desk organizer. In the previous phases Desall community has developed from the concept to the naming phase a simple, easy to use and extremely versatile product that works as mousepad, laptop stand, tablet stand and desk organizer. Now it’s your turn: design a new packaging that combines creativity and functionality and include your creative interpretation of the product name. Participation is open to people of any nationality and age and it's completely free of charge. Sign up for Desall.com and upload your proposal on the contest page: http://des.al/InjectionDesignAward Award: 1st € 1000,00 Ranged Event From: 10 May 2013 To: 25 Jun 2013 View the full article
  13. Chinese studio MAD has unveiled the first photographs of its icicle-shaped museum for wooden sculptures in Harbin, northeast China. Nicknamed the Ice City, Harbin experiences regular snowfall, so MAD designed the China Wood Sculpture Museum with a twisted 200-metre-long body modelled on the shapes made by frozen liquids. Plates of polished steel clad the exterior of the building and are only interrupted by curving strips of glazing that form windows, skylights and a central entrance. “The museum embodies some of the foremost conceptual and formal ideals that define the work of MAD, bringing out an expression and abstraction of nature to an otherwise quotidian surrounding,” say the architects. “The boundaries between solid and liquid are blurred throughout [the] building, referencing the local natural scenery and landscape.” Via Dezeen View the full article
  14. Nike running shoes were suspended around an illuminated track as though on the feet of eight invisible athletes for this installation at Beijing’s 798 arts district by Shanghai design office Studio-at-Large. As a one-day launch for the 2013 Nike Free collection, the installation presented the different colour combinations of the shoes around a five-lane running track, with some appearing frozen in motion while others lay flat. A dark-tinted mirror mimicking the shape of the track was positioned directly above and brightly coloured garments were suspended around the perimeter like a row of spectators. Entitled The Track, this installation was the second of three zones designed by Studio-at-Large for the Nike Free launch event. The first was an exhibition designed to explain the history of the collection using a system of triangular display stands. The Finish Line was the third zone in the space, where visitors were invited to sit on rows of benches and use headphones to listen to speeches from different athletes. Via Dezeen View the full article
  15. Have you ever heard of Fundator? Launched in its Beta Version in last February, it is aiming to be the leading marketplace in Asia to help innovative projects come to life. Whether you are looking to raise fund for an ambitious creation or simply to start your own company, Fundator brings you a portfolio of experienced investors. As a major portal of Asian’s Crowdfunding world, Fundator aims to be the forerunner in this relatively untapped market and unleash the full potential of money-raising to help talented individuals with their unique projects. The platform, based on the funding model “All or nothing” (same as Kickstarter in the U.S.) is not only focused on rewards-based crowdfunding; it aims to develop as well equity-based funding and loan. The website is to be launched officially by June 2013, first on English and Chinese only, but soon in Korean and Japanese as well. For now, Fundator team is looking for China-based design and art projects to promote, just like Vuk Dragovic’s “Firefly project” – an outdoor table with an inbuilt LED lamp allowing to display any company’s logo. So, if you are interested in the idea of having your work funded “through the crowd”, all you have to do is to submit it HERE View the full article
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    Bent Bamboo Stool

    The Hangzhou Stool consists of many layers of bamboo veneer of the thickness of 0.9mm. Each veneer again is made of several ultra thin bamboo layers that is aligned vertical to each other according to its natural direction of the bamboo fibres. In such way, each veneer becomes not only very flexible but also robust in all directions. Each bamboo veneer is different in length. They are bent in an arc shape and glued together at the last 25cm of each end. There is one piece of raw bamboo stick that penetrates in the veneers and combines the two ends of the stool. The layers of bamboo veneer give a very special “arc” of the stool, just like the ripples on the water surface. When sit, the more weight the stool receives, the deeper the arc will be bent in the center, and therefore the more elasticity the user will feel. Designed by Chen Min View the full article
  17. Three years ago, Chico Wang was a successful visual merchandiser at Lane Crawford, where he designed the visual displays for top global designers such as Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent. However, Wang, who has a degree from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, decided he wanted to someday be one of the designers of the clothing for which he was designing displays. In 2011, he took a chance and went on China’s version of Project Runway, a show called Creative Sky (创意星空). Read the interview at Jing Daily View the full article
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    1St Portfolio Website

    It looks like that you have designed your own website, instead of using for instance a wordpress template, right? I highly recommend you to consider using existing portfolio templates and customize them to create a more professional look. If you really want to design your portfolio site from scratch by yourself, then I advise you to take a look at many other great looking portfolios on the web to set your standards higher. Then improve your site by learning how to make things better. I think that your graphic design work looks much better than your website design, in terms of colors, fonts, layout and proportions. Keep it up!
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    Advice Needed For Hiring Design Freelancers

    Hello Kelly, 2 questions: 1) Have you already defined the big idea of your product? The idea can be described by the main features/selling points, how to use the product, the basic mechanical structure (including materials to use) or framework. If yes, then it seems like that you only need the industrial designer to make your idea look attractive and appropriate to the target market/user. Then you need to share more information about your big idea and the target market/user. Of course you might want to sign an NDA with the designer if you are sharing sensitive information. The scope of this project is mainly focused on styling. 2) Do you also need the industrial designer to improve on your big idea, regarding usability, ergonomics or other aspects? The scope of this project is larger then the first one. As for pricing, you should try to get different proposals from different designers, and evaluate their portfolio/resume to make a decision with whom you want to collaborate with. Hope this helps, Waikit
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    Evonik Designer Day 2

    Last week I was invited to join an event organized by Evonik and co-hosted by S-Point Design in Shanghai. The event started with some time to network between the materials specialists and invited designers, followed by a nice buffet lunch.Then the actual sharing of materials samples and knowledge were given by different materials specialist, ranging from sustainable, high impact resistant, chemical to other high performing properties plastics. The hospitality was really good. We felt the friendly presence of the Evonik team who approached everyone with great conversations. They presented a ‘Designbox’, which is a nice collection of different categories of high performing plastics that were showcased with product samples and information how to apply. The most impressive sample was a small rapid prototyped robot hand made of laser sintered polyamide powder. I really recommend everyone who is in the product design business to get in touch with Evonik to learn more about their exciting materials. Visit Evonik Industries View the full article
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    Mesh Sofa

    The mesh sofa consists of 2 parts: The base is a thick rectilinear frame made of steel tube. In contrast the upper part is a thin curvilinear mesh made of welded 4mm thick steel wire. When the sofa is occupied, people appear as if they are suspended in the air. The furniture set comes in various colors options and includes a double seater, two single seaters, and a coffee table. Designed by Peoples Products View the full article
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    Droog Copies China

    Dutch design collective Droog turned the notion of piracy in China on its head by unveiling its own copies of Chinese objects in a Guangzhou shopping centre a few weeks ago. While Chinese companies and the government strive to shed their copycat reputation, The New Original project suggests that the process of imitation can be more than mere replication when small adaptations are made to the knock-off goods, potentially driving innovation. Via Dezeen View the full article
  23. Chery has had a branding disaster over the past few years, in 2009 they unveiled their new sub brands Riich and Reely. Riich was aimed at the upper end of the market and Reely was to focus on MPV’s and SUV’s, on paper it sounded like a fantastic idea – a third brand, Karry, was also introduced to sell low end high volume MPV’s and commercial vehicles. Out of the three only Karry seems to have registered any sales with Riich and Reely being docked from Chery’s tickets. The two new sub brands only came into being due to Geely’s introduction of Emgrand and Englon, two names that were mocked due to their strange sounds (as was Riich) which didn’t sit comfortably with native English ears, but both have become a commercial success. It was a case of keeping up with the Jonses at Cherry. Chery are now undergoing a restructuring process that will see them focus on solely on the Chery brand and making a shallow range of great vehicles rather than a wide range of ‘acceptable’ vehicles, the Chery brand went two years without a new car but that will change with the introduction of a new logo. Chery’s president Yin Tongyao took to the stage to unveil the new logo which is essentially the brands mission statement, outside the auto show billboards featuring Mr. Yin’s face with proclamations of ‘Quality is Coming Home’ surrounded the venue, perhaps Chery are now finally serious about becoming a Chinese market, and eventually a world auto market leader this time. Here’s hoping they stay on track. Via China Car Times View the full article
  24. Ignite: The Diabetes Ideas Challenge www.igniteideaschallenge.com Awards: 10 winners will receive $5,000 each Submissions Close May 10 The challenge calls for designs for a future insulin delivery device, seeking to build on the user experience and technology advances of the past 30 years to develop even more innovative, cost-effective, and scalable ways to deliver insulin treatment to people living with diabetes. Ignite invites patients, caregivers, designers, engineers, and innovators from around the globe to submit ideas that could shape the features and design of a next-generation, insulin delivery device for people with diabetes. Challenge concept submissions must meet the following three criteria: Accessibility - Usable by a broad population, including the young or old, people with strong or weak hands, or others with impaired hand use or vision. Appropriateness - Easy to integrate into daily life, while being robust and of high-quality. Device should be portable and aesthetically pleasing in terms of form. It has to be recognizable as an injection device, while not appearing overtly medical. Functional - Meets functional requirements as a medical tool. Devices should enable accuracy, functionality for extended periods without electricity, and ability to store more than one dose per disposable device. Winners will be announced on May 30th. Ranged Event From: 29 Apr 2013 To: 10 May 2013 View the full article
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