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    Pecha Kucha #21

    WHEN: April 11th, 2013 WHERE: Dutch Design Workspace, 600 Shaanxi Lu, Block 3, Floor 3, Shanghai Shake off your winter blues because it’s time for the Shanghai Pecha Kucha #21, the exciting and fast paced event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. After a successful edition of Pecha Kucha at the tail end of 2012, DDWS is stepping into 2013 with a whole new lineup of movers, shakers, and innovators. April 11th, at our office building’s 5th floor venue warehouse. It’s free, it’s fun, it’s an event not to be missed. So be sure to stay tuned as we update our roundup of creators for the night. See you there! RSVP Here to Reserve Your Ticket Visit Pecha Kucha View the full article
  2. In conjunction with our summer exhibition, Death, Shop director Carrie Scott sat down with contemporary artists Le Guo, Sheng Qi and Haili Sun, and academic Voon Pow Bartlett to discuss the varied interpretations and implications of the Gao Brothers’ sculpture, The Execution of Christ (2009). A transcript of the discussion, entitled Today/Tomorrow: Chinese Art, was published in Yishu Journal of Contemporary Art alongside beautiful installation shots and images of some related works. The title of the project illustrates not only the wide range of topics covered in the hour-long conversation, but also the broad reach of the Gao Brothers’ work. Streamed live from our site, the conversation explored the sculpture’s relationship to the art historical canon in works such as Edouard Manet’s The Execution of the Emperor Maximilian (1868-9) and Francisco Goya’s The Third of May 1808 (1814), as well as religion, Mao’s reign and censorship in China, and the role of audience participation in sculpture. The Gao Brothers’ bronze sculpture depicts seven Mao’s with rifles aiming at Jesus, who stands, arms outstretch at his sides with stigma visible on his hands. What is most striking and unique about the piece is the larger-than-life scale of these figures. The scale and sculptural presentation of this scene were of great interest during the conversation. Unlike the Manet and Goya paintings, as a sculpture, the audience is able to walk around the figures, viewing both the victim and the gunmen’s expressions. Their size makes the figures aggressive and even accusatory. Undoubtedly the work is politically charged and controversial, making it particularly interesting in terms of China’s cultural and political climate. As our panel members noted, being an artist in China is always risky and often dangerous. As artist Sheng Qi explains, portraying Mao’s face alone is not allowed, regardless of his stance. Considering the risks the Gao Brothers took in creating this work, let alone having it transported to the UK, adds a layer of urgency and violence to the piece. What is at stake is not just the life of Jesus, as illustrated, but in a sense the life of the artist who dares to oppose the regime. Today/Tomorrow: Chinese Art is available to view on our website as well as a guided tour of the exhibition, Death. Reported by Megan N Liberty Via showstudio.com View the full article
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    Eco Design Fair 2013

    On Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th, 2013, the Eco Design Fair will bring together an anticipated audience of over 10,000 people from around Shanghai to the Cool Docks looking to learn about green healthy living, and seeking earth-friendly alternatives in fashion, food, energy, transportation, wellness, home, gardening, finance and more. The Eco Fair is a community occasion, bringing together like-minded businesses organizations and leaders from across China to promote sustainable economic and community development and to offer a wide variety of fun, informative, healthy and earth-friendly experiences for all ages. This year the Eco Design Fair Spring 2013 will focus on the theme of waste reduction. Visitors will be challenged to reduce their ecological footprint through various interactive actions and activities at the event. China’s best innovative and sustainable vendors will be showcasing their goods and designs and interacting with visitors. The event will also include an Urban Farm Exhibit and Market, Sustainable Space Exhibit, Critical Mass Ride, Design Thinking Workshops, interactive children’s activities and, eye-catching eco-conscious fashion shows and music productions on the main stage. Partnering with We Impact, Eco Design Fair Spring 2013 will not only be green in content but also in its entire event execution under International Standards. We Impact uses the Impact Event Lifecycle (IEL) to ensure sustainability is integrated into every part of the event management lifecycle (pre-event, during and post event). Therefore, the Eco Design Fair is not only minimising negative impacts, butalso creating positive ones. Further details and activity schedule will be released in March 2013. For more information, please visit www.ecodesignfair.cn View the full article
  4. In Qinhuangdao, China the Tanghe River Park features a new installation of a red steel bench that runs for half a kilometre through the park. The Red Ribbon project has won an honor award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, and was also selected by readers of Conde Nast Traveller magazine as one of the seven new wonders of the architecture world. Via contemporist.com View the full article
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    My Portfolio... Criticism Welcomed

    Hi Mukund, Great to see you post your work online. You might want to learn more about art or aesthetics, if you are choosing a more technical master degree in industrial design. I am sure with your mechanical engineering background, you are already able to solve problems from a technical point of view. With a solid degree in industrial design you will gain skills to solve problems from a user perspective. Work hard and you will get there. Waikit
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    Meet Julius

    Julius takes inspiration from Zen and other aspects of Buddhism, an influence that stems from Horikawa’s forbidden and clandestine journey into Tibet from China and subsequent stay at a monastery in the region. Julius has showed at Paris Mens Fashion Week since 2008. Via showstudio.com View the full article
  7. Walt Disney chairman-CEO Robert Iger Wednesday unveiled the first images of a model of the Shanghai Disney Resort featuring the Shanghai Disneyland park that will likely become a hallmark of his tenure at the company. Via Variety View the full article
  8. Transform shopping into an experience you love with your innovative ideas and designs! Enter the contest and win prizes worth $10,000! Procter & Gamble North America has recently launched its second innovation contest “Imagine the Ideal Seamless Shopping Experience!” The goal is to find innovative solutions, ideas and designs that transform shopping into an experience you love and look forward to every day. The P&G Co-Creation platform addresses designers, innovators, customers and fans of P&G, who want to show their creative skills and take part in the reinvention of future shopping. Whether you want to share your experiences about shopping in physical stores, offer new solutions for online retailers, or redesign the packaging of online products – the contest gives you the chance the visualize your proposal for the ideal shopping process of tomorrow. Join the community, submit and share your innovative ideas and designs and get rewarded. The rules for participation are easy: Just visit www.cocreate-pg.com to get inspired, upload your designs and win monetary prizes worth $9.000, gift baskets and vouchers for your contribution. “Imagine the Ideal Seamless Shopping Experience” runs until April 30, 2013. The contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.cocreate-pg.com and join the community. Attached Images Ranged Event From: 19 Mar 2013 To: 30 Apr 2013 View the full article
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    Xuan Lamp By Innovo

    Hangzhou, China based design studio INNOVO have created the Xuan lamp. Description from the designers: Within this lamp the bamboo is changed into fine and smooth slices. Its shape is easy to control. Especially by a breeze through an open window the delicate curves of bamboo are fluttering and dancing. Via contemporist.com View the full article
  10. The capital of the south central chinese province of Hunan is in the midst of incredible population growth and rapid urban development. At the center of a stimulus worth 130 billion USD is the idyllic MeiXiHu lake, now primed for an ambitious set of cultural projects. Zaha Hadid‘s winning design for the ‘ChangSha MeiXiHu international culture and art center’ broke ground in october after distinguishing itself as a composition of serpentine curves forming a complex that contains a contemporary art museum, a multipurpose hall, a hotel, and various ancillary facilities. Via Design Boom View the full article
  11. http://www.productdesignforums.com/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_rel_module=event&attach_id=19450" title="FM_banner.jpg - Size: 30.97K, Downloads: 0"> Franklin and Marshall goes Geek Desall and Franklin & Marshall present “Franklin & Marshall goes Geek”, an international design contest aimed at developing a new product or accessory that introduces the college style of the brand F&M to the “geek” world. Description Franklin & Marshall is an Italian brand from Verona that create fashion items and accessories, combining the quality “Made in Italy” with the American spirit, romantically linked to the past. At the heart of the brand origin there is the passion for the "varsity world"of the Anglo-Saxon colleges, but over the years F&M has interpreted a veritable lifestyle, oriented to innovation, sport, culture and music. F&M has always paid attention to the new trends, but it has never forgotten where it started. That’s why the company wants to launch an open challenge to creative talents and fashion designers: developing new products linked to the “geek” world and new technologies, keeping faithful to F&M style. Guidelines In this phase participants are invited to design accessories or cases for hi-tech devices or in alternative to present a fashion reinterpretation of hi-tech products, taking into account the following guidelines: - Design an accessory for tech devices (for example a mobile cover, a case for laptop, tablet and smartphone, etc.) using sweatshirt fabric, iconic material of F&M, and the graphics, fonts and logos that characterize the brand; - In alternative reinterpret a hi-tech product (for example headphones, speaker, digital watch, etc.) including the sweatshirt fabric and expressing F&M style; - Projects assessment criteria: innovation, originality, feasibility, consistency with brief and brand. Eligibility and submission Participation is free of charge and is opened to designers and creative talents of any nationality and age. Participants can choose to present one or more projects, but only projects published on the web site www.desall.com via the upload page devoted to the “Franklin&Marshall goes Geek” will be accepted. Go compete: http://des.al/FMgoesGeek Timeline Upload phase: 14th March 2013 - 07th May 2013 at 23:59 Community vote: 08th May 2013 - 16th May 2013 at 23:59 Client vote: 17th May 2013 - 22nd May 2013 (approximately) Awards 1st : € 2500,00 “Geek designer" The selection of the winner by Franklin&Marshall will be the result of an unquestionable evaluation and it will take into account originality, feasibility and consistency with the brief. Ranged Event From: 25 Mar 2013 To: 07 May 2013 View the full article
  12. Perspective is the fundamental historic difference between Western and Chinese painting. After the 13th Century, Western painting developed vanishing points in fixed perspective. Chinese painters, although aware of perspective, rejected the single-vanishing point method, instead producing landscapes with “parallel perspectives” in which the viewer travels within the painting. The new museum is sited at the gateway to the Contemporary International Practical Exhibition of Architecture in the lush green landscape of the Pearl Spring near Nanjing, China. The museum explores the shifting viewpoints, layers of space, and expanses of mist and water, which characterize the deep alternating spatial mysteries of early Chinese painting. The museum is formed by a “field” of parallel perspective spaces and garden walls in black bamboo-formed concrete over which a light “figure” hovers. The straight passages on the ground level gradually turn into the winding passage of the figure above. The upper gallery, suspended high in the air, unwraps in a clockwise turning sequence and culminates at “in-position” viewing of the city of Nanjing in the distance. The meaning of this rural site becomes urban through this visual axis to the great Ming Dynasty capital city, Nanjing. The courtyard is paved in recycled Old Hutong bricks from the destroyed courtyards in the center of Nanjing. Limiting the colors of the museum to black and white connects it to the ancient paintings, but also gives a background to feature the colors and textures of the artwork and architecture to be exhibited within. Bamboo, previously growing on the site, has been used in bamboo- formed concrete, with a black penetrating stain. The Museum has geothermal cooling and heating, and recycled storm water. Visit the website of Steven Holl Architects – here. Photography by Li Hu and Shu He Via contemporist.com View the full article
  13. Vera Wang, the queen of bridal wear, opens a two-story, 850 square meters store in Shanghai – her largest flagship store – to controversy. Wang’s first China store charges a non-refundable fee of 3,000 yuan (US$482) to try on bridal gowns for 90 minutes. Furthermore, potential clients will have to make appointments “several weeks” in advance, according to The Global Times. If the customer purchases a wedding gown, the fee will be deducted from the purchase; otherwise, the fee can be used toward other items in the store. The company indicated that the “trying or fitting fee” is a way to protect its designs. Photo-taking or filming is also ban in the store. This practice of charging a “trying fee” is not new as some Hong Kong bridal shops have similar practices. However, for a company who wants to do business in China, this policy will not endear the company to Chinese clients who are already sensitive to disparities they see between shopping experiences overseas and in China. The mandatory “trying fee” will likely be a hard sell. The Xintiandi store displays 80 dresses with prices from 30,000 yuan (US$4815) to 300,000 yuan (US$48,174) and features three dressing rooms and one VIP room. photo credit: vera wang Via red-luxury.com View the full article
  14. The Innovative Surface Decoration Forum will take place on March 26-27 in Shanghai. It is organized by China In Mould that host different talks and programs about CMF (color,material and finishing) design and trends. Visit the official site of China In Mould View the full article
  15. http://www.productdesignforums.com/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_rel_module=event&attach_id=19445" title="injection-design-award_banner-900.jpg - Size: 22.98K, Downloads: 0"> Injection Design Award - Naming phase “Injection Design Award” is now in the naming phase and you are invited to find the best name, pay off and description of the desk pad developed in the previous phases of this design contest. In fact, the aim of the “Injection Design Award” is developing from the concept to the packaging a new office accessory that can manufactured using injection moulding process. The winner of the New Idea phase was Wave, a platform that works as a desk organizer and a mousepad. Then Desall community designed the concept in a detailed and engineering-related advanced way adopting One Shot, an injection moulding process patented by Uniteam-Italia, that allows to avoid assembly work and/or the use of several moulds. The winning project is Mouse Stand, an evolution of the Wave concept. Now participants are invited to find for this product an effective name, a catchy payoff and an appealing description. Participation is free of charge and is opened to designers and creative talents of any nationality and age. Participants can choose to present one or more projects, but only projects published on the web site www.desall.com via the upload page devoted to the “Injection Design Award - Naming” will be accepted. Go compete: http://des.al/InjectionDesignAward Timeline Upload phase: 9th March 2013 - 27th March 2013 at 23:59 Community vote: 28th March 2013 at 00:00 - 4th April 2013 at 23:59 Client vote: 5th April 2013 - 19th April 2013 (approximately) Awards 1st : € 500,00 “Marker award” The selection of the winner by Uniteam will be the result of an unquestionable evaluation and it will take into account originality, feasibility and consistency with the brief. Ranged Event From: 09 Mar 2013 To: 27 Mar 2013 View the full article
  16. Congratulations to Shanghai’s very own Xindanwei, recently voted one of China’s top ten most innovative companies by branding, tech and design mag, FastCompany.com as part of their annual Top 50. The list, compiled by the online publication’s editorial team, praises the creative co-working hub for its community of freelancers and emphasis on exchange: “Its aim is to expand the possibilities for not only where designers, programmers, and artists can work, but also how they can work together“. All in all it makes for an interesting list, with the likes of Tencent (the brains behind the phenomenally successful WeiXin) and dating website Jiayuan.com also making an appearance. There’s a pleasing number of green tech companies on this year’s run-down – namely Landwasher, the folks behind an environmentally friendly, water-free flush toilet designed for communities in need across the world; and Trina Solar for easy-to-install, low-cost solar paneling. FastCompany love their lists, and in addition to the China and global low-down, they’ve also compiled top-tens by industry. Wang Shu of Hangzhou-based Amateur Architecture featured in that one – last year he picked up the Pritzker Prize and made the list for “rebelling against the westernization of modern China [and] advocating use of inexpensive materials like recycled bricks and tiles from renovated sites“. To Style, now, where Qingdao-born Huishan Zhang features for “[redefining] the connotations of “Made in China“. He’s definitely one to watch, and just this week, Womens Wear Daily declared his London Fashion Week show “among the strongest outings so far in London this season“. More on his newest collection here. Via CreativeHunt View the full article
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    Eastern Promises

    View video here It’s no secret that fashion’s most dynamic new markets can be found in Asia and the Middle East. This begs the question, if that is where couture is being purchased and craved, why should it not also be where it is made and shown? To affirm SHOWstudio’s commitment to exploring new fashion frontiers, Marie Schuller headed to Singapore for French Couture Week 2012. Following in the footsteps of our ‘Asian Couture Week 2012′ project, this coverage unpicks the work of designers from areas like Bangkok, China, Hong Kong, Japan and France in fashion film, candid post-show interviews and essays by Sue Wen Quek and Bobby Luo. Via showstudio.com View the full article
  18. One Plus Partnership have designed the sales office for a real estate company in Chongqing, China Via contemporist.com View the full article
  19. P&G launches “Reinvent Olay Pro-X!” contest Transform the brand for the most savvy and affluent women, with your innovative ideas and designs! * Enter the contest and win prizes worth $5,000! http://www.productdesignforums.com/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_rel_module=event&attach_id=19410" title="key-visual_700x265px.png - Size: 138.74K, Downloads: 0"> Attention designers: The worldwide recognized brand Olay has recently launched the “Reinvent Olay Pro-X!” contest. Over 60 million women around the world already build trust in Olay products – and now you get the chance to become part of the design team yourself. The “Reinvent Olay Pro-X!” contest is a design competition with allows students, designers or hobby creative to submit and share innovative ideas for the new Olay Pro-X product – its design, branding and packaging. Any form of creative ideas is welcome, including text, visual designs, drawings, or photos. The rules for participation are easy: Just visit The rules for participation are easy: Just visit www.cocreate-pg.com com to get inspired, upload your product ideas and win monetary prizes up to €5000, gift baskets and vouchers for your contribution. “Reinvent Olay Pro-X!” runs until March 25, 2013. A professional jury comprised of high-level management and design experts, brand ambassadors and celebrities will then meet and select the winning designs for all respective categories. Additionally, all participants are invited to evaluate the ideas during the competition, thereby supporting the jury and increasing their activity counter. The contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.cocreate-pg.com and join the community. Attached Images http://www.productdesignforums.com/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_rel_module=event&attach_id=19409" title="key-visual_700x265px.png - Size: 138.74K, Downloads: 0"> Ranged Event From: 11 Feb 2013 To: 25 Mar 2013 View the full article
  20. In its latest bid to burnish an image more associated with its low-end QQ subcompact than luxury, state-owned Chinese automaker Chery has hired designer Hakan Saracoglu from Porsche AG to lead its Shanghai design center. The designer spent 15 years at Porsche, having a hand in designing the exteriors for the 918 Spyder, Boxster and Cayman, and becomes the latest high-profile hire by a Chinese automaker hoping to improve brand image amid tougher competition from international companies like Volkswagen AG and General Motors — both of which now see China as a critical market. This talent hunt by Chinese auto brands is attracting several experienced designers, with Bloomberg Businessweek noting this week that salaries for foreign auto engineers in China can be up to three times higher than in the US or Europe. With its new hire, Chery follows domestic competitors like Beijing Automotive Group, which hired Ferrari Daytona designer Leonardo Fioravanti as chief design officer in 2012, Great Wall Motor Co., which pulled on former Mercedes-Benz designer Andreas Deufel as design director in 2011, and Geely, which nabbed former Volvo Car chief designer Peter Horbury that same year. Via Bloomberg Businessweek: In Shanghai, Saracoglu will lead a team of 30 to come up with new concepts for models from sedans to SUVs. “Chery is not just QQ, we’re going to change that,” he said in a phone interview on Feb. 22. “The company is redefining itself. Chery’s standing for value, for design and gaining customer confidence. That’s where we want to go.” Chery has a 50-50 joint venture to produce Tata Motors Ltd. (TTMT)’s Jaguar Land Rover in China. It also co-owns startup carmaker Qoros Auto Co. with Israel Corp. Asked how much of a salary increase he was offered to leave Porsche, Saracoglu said, “I cannot comment on that. Let’s say I’m not unhappy.” While likely a positive step for Chery, it’s unlikely that Saracoglu’s hire will suddenly boost the company into the upmarket segment. To address this, however, Chery is putting a greater focus on its Qoros joint venture, which will get its time in the international spotlight at the upcoming 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. Via Jing Daily View the full article
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    Ergonomics: Digital Caliper

    I used this tool sometimes, and perhaps you can consider about the size of the buttons and visibility of the display and even the storage solution. Perhaps larger buttons?
  22. Thomas Giddings Gets An Intimate Look at the Far East’s Top Male Models Emerging faces Rui Wang, Liu Chang, Hao Yun Xiang and the firmly established Zhao Lei are profiled in Thomas Giddings’ elegant short filmed during the spring/summer 2013 menswear shows in Paris. Inspired by an enigmatic scene in Paul Schrader’s 1980 film American Gigolo, Giddings filmed discreetly in order to capture both the models’ true personalities and the minutiae of the everyday. “I wanted to capture the downtime and follow each of the boys in a subtle way,” says the photographer, “telling the story through their characters, rather than through the clothes.” Giddings began his career shooting behind the scenes at fashion shows forPOP and i-D, and has since gone on to photograph for British Vogue, Twin and Russian Interview, as well as hold numerous exhibitions of his work. Demonstrating the growing influence of China on the fashion industry, the four boys have risen over the past few seasons to work with some of today’s most influential designers, including Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Kris Van Assche for Dior and Dolce & Gabbana. Giddings’ Paris short features intimate access at high profile runway shows for Louis Vuitton, Dior, Dries Van Noten and Mugler, offering unique insight into the usual high-octane sheen. “I work differently to a lot of other photographers backstage,” explains Giddings. “It’s about communicating existing moments rather than stepping in to direct.” Via www.nowness.com View the full article
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    New Products :)

    Sorry I think I limited the gallery album amount to just 1 per member, to avoid bandwidth issues. Thanks mate. I check in here quite often but I've not been in the writing mood recently. I tried to add a new album to my gallery the other day and I still dont know how to create one. can you help? Mark.
  24. Looks like a nice product. Is there is a big demand for this?

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