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China's Electric Bike Charging Cultures

Throughout my recent ten-month research project in China, I sought to study examples of resource-constrained creativity across western China – particularly those related to mobility and transportation. Having spent previous time living and researching in Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar, I had come to recognize the importance of the Chinese-engine powered walking-tractor-turned-vehicle (and the many modifications to it) to rural life in these countries. From logistics to transportation to power generation and beyond, I hoped to catalogue and understand modifications to these vehicles in their country of origin before the machines became obsolete. I believed that by understanding various modifications and the forces that drove (or prevented) their widespread adoption that the pace of creative modification could be accelerated in other developing contexts, where the vehicle was still a pivotal rural workhorse.

Blog  Elektroniker

Innovation as the Human Enterprise

Innovation was the overarching theme of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Annual Meeting of the New Champions (AMNC) 2012 in Tianjin this week. As a representative of a design and innovation firm and as a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Values, I was delighted to see that many panels and conversations approached innovation from a holistic perspective. That meant not contextualizing it solely as technological disruption or process optimization, but as a deeply humanistic endeavour that connects consumer and producer, along with other stakeholders (increasingly in hybrid roles), in a creative act. Innovation, after all, is a human enterprise.

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China: Creators and Consumers of the Future

 

China, the second-largest economy in the world, is considered home to the world’s factories, manufacturing everything from zippers to photovoltaic cells.  With its population of over 1.3 billion and still a booming economy, consumption has been on the rise, leading to a new class of super consumers bred on instant gratification and constant connectivity.

中国这个制造大国作为世界第二大经济体系,不断制造并向世界输出着小到拉链大好光电管的产品。超过1.3亿的人口不断刺激市场并拉动着消费水平的提升。结果导致了一种超级消费群体的产生,他们及时行乐并且相互关联。

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Navi Radjou: What CEOs Can Learn from Rural Indian Entrepreneurs (and MacGyver and the Maker's Movement)

Even a brief conversation with Navi Radjou, a co-author of the new book Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth will take you all over the world in only a few minutes. He speaks in an energetic voice that's brimming with enthusiasm and his thoughts reflect vast knowledge. One moment, he'll be talking about how management lessons learned in rural diabetes clinics in Chennai, India, can be adapted by executives in sleek open-plan offices in Silicon Valley. A few seconds later, he'll discuss how everyday citizens in the favelas of Brazil who "hack" buildings and objects can inspire the C-suite in Fortune 500 companies.

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The Opposite House

Otherness and other pillars of a new moral economy

“So, what is the reason for your existence?” the German professor at a Chinese business school reception in Shanghai asked me, to start a conversation. I felt like ad man Don Draper in the TV series Mad Men when his false identity is unveiled. Who are you really? Caught off guard, I answered: “I’m a marketer.” The conversation moved on, others had wittier sound bites to contribute, and my unease continued. It had been weighing on me since I had put my foot on Chinese soil a few days earlier, and here in this beautiful mansion, confiscated by the government from the corrupt former mayor of Shanghai, it was a steady companion.

Blog  DONG XI

软件比硬件更重要

对于IT公司,好的工业设计对于产品畅销到底能起到多大的作用?这是一个难以量化的问题。正如现在全球都为之疯狂的iPhone,有的人认为苹果其实已经是一个时尚品牌,而非单纯的IT科技公司。

人们很难确切地描述清楚,自己到底是被苹果时尚的外观,还是流畅的操作体验,或者是丰富的应用所吸引?

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“创新”能为其本身带来收益嘛?

我诚挚地希望在大连举行的一年一度的达沃斯论坛上,其新的领军者能够看到这个议程是多么富有挑战。达沃斯论坛在推动新创意的产生和新的、令人意想不到的推动世界发展的战略上一直发挥着极其重要的作用。在本次2011的论坛上,来自各行业以及全球各个地方的精英互相交流着各自的奇思妙想,这是一次极具广度和深度的思想碰撞。

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互联时代的智能品牌

诸如Facebook、Twitter和LinkedIn这样的社交网络平台,正在孕育出难以考量的现实和虚拟价值。这些社会化媒体,激发和推动了 我们所看到的发生在阿拉伯国家的革命事件;宽带技术和移动设备,使得整个产业和用户以前所未有的全新方式紧密相连。显而易见,互联时代已经到来。无处不在 的、实时的、以社会运算方式运转的千亿台设备将全世界的人连接起来。这是一个所有物体和所有物体相连的世界。

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Your Phone Might Be a Knockoff

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From iPhones to sneakers, Chinese imitations are everywhere—but these products could actually be good for innovation.

About a year ago, I joined frog's Shanghai studio on a personal mission to better understand the Chinese market, a market that has intrigued and inspired me for almost a decade.

Blog  DONG XI

第七届用户体验行业交流大会

第七届用户体验行业交流大会 User Friendly 2010 于今年11月12日至14日在南京举行。这一届大会的主题是“拥抱亚洲文化”。frog design 应邀并派遣交互设计师杨曦参加专题论坛“用户体验@移动互联网世代”。

在本次论坛中,Don A.Norman,Bill Buxton 以及其他专家从不同角度分享了他们对于移动互联网用户体验的观点与看法包括移动互联网用户体验的远景以及将来用户体验设计师所扮演的角色等。

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实时直播了本次论坛的全过程,这使得更多的设计师以及从业人员获得机会通过网络与现场的各位专家交流。

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