Archive for ‘Inspiration’

February 29, 2012

Award Category Mash – Product and Service Design

In the spirit of the celebrating China’s most successful designs, product and service design is something that most commonly comes to mind when one thinks of the word “design.”  Product design ranges from everything to a cell phone for the blind….

2009 Most Successful Design Award

….To a light timer that lets you draw the amount of time until your lights go off.

2009 Most Successful Design Award

Service design is something that we  include within product design for the design awards, but it’s an emerging plane – especially in China.  Service design is defined as creating holistic, human-centered services centered around well-understood consumer needs.   Characteristics include customer centered focus, interdisciplinary approaches, application of design thinking process, and deploying constant brand value.  Essentially, service design is what keeps customers coming back to your business when your competitor is offering the same thing.  The more centered you are on your customers, the better service design your business will have.

The Global Service Design Jam is a nonprofit event organized worldwide to promote the nascent idea of service design.  The Jam gathers people in cities from around the world, and gives these groups a 48 hour window to design a service around a given theme.  Shanghai recently participated in the service jam, and 5 teams designed around the theme “Hidden Treasure.”  You can read more about the prototypes developed here.

December 23, 2011

LED breathe indicator


Another strange development – an indicator of respiration, which is an LED bulb that is inserted into the nostril and the lights every time you breathe. Even the inventor really can not explain why this is necessary, but looks like a cool idea in general.

December 23, 2011

Coffee set

Coffee set designed by Shanghai designer E square. He was inspired by the keyboard of Apple laptops.

December 16, 2011

Futuristic desk touchscreen

December 14, 2011

Will Mankind destroy itself?

December 14, 2011

123D Catch

‎123D Catch a PC software that allows you to turn snapshots into detailed virtual 3D models! Looks awesome!

December 9, 2011

‘Dune’ by Daan Roosegaard

Artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde’s remarkable works of art function as a documentation of the dynamic relationship between architecture, people, and technology. His designs, such as ‘Dune’ and ‘intimacy,’ are tactile high-tech environments in which viewer and space become one. This connection, established between ideology and technology, results in what roosegaarde calls techno-poetry. In 2009, Roosegaarde won the Dutch Design award. He has been the focus of exhibitions at the tate Modern, the national Museum in Tokyo, the Victoria and albert Museum in London, and various public spaces in Rotterdam and Hong Kong. ‘Dune’ is a public interactive landscape that interacts with human behavior. This hybrid of nature and technology is composed of large amounts of fibers that brighten according to the sounds and motion of passing visitors. Its most recent version is filled with hundreds of interactive lights and sounds. ‘Dune’ investigates nature in a futuristic relation with urban space through sight, movement and

Dune is an interactive landscape which reacts on the behavior of people. This hybrid of nature and technology exists out of large amounts of fibers which are brightened according to the sounds and motion of passing visitors. The most recent version is filled with interactive lights and sounds. Dune investigates nature in a futuristic relation with urban space by means of looking, walking and interacting.

December 7, 2011

Fotile Nearly Suction Style Lamp Black Machine. Gold award winner


In a market that has been filled with European-type kitchen extraction machines since 1998, product homogeneity is increasing, with such machines ill-suited to Chinese cooking. This design is suitable for consumers who place utility at a premium. With a contemporary appearance, it feature concise straight lines and blends with all kinds of kitchen decor. The hood features lead-free crystal blue star ash-toughened glass. With the 45° chamber at the edge, the whole machine appears more exquisite and high-grade. At the front, there are movable front glass shields which are used to block smoke dispersion. Under the help of open design and wide vision, the closer, the more it easily clears off. The COANDA smoke board has a large flat surface which it’s easy to clean. The oil sump more than regular cup of oil 10 times which helps to reduce frequency of waste oil emptying.

Three core techniques:

1. Smoke guidance

The COANDA smoke board can get lampblack diffusion under control and guide it to be absorbed quickly.

2. Side absorption with air on both sides

Two dynamos on both sides make control of the up and down wind roads. So it has a double strong suction

3. Triple lampblack separation

Under the protection at each stage, the filtering lampblack keeps the major parts healthy.

This design meets our demand on the initial project position, and gets the reorganization from consumers. At the same time it brings huge economic benefit to enterprises. In a word, it is one of our typical design cases.

The product’s key advantages over competitors when it comes to the particularities of Chinese cooking includes its ability to deal with a wider diffusion of oil and smoke, its ease of cleaning, and its combination of function and form.

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December 7, 2011

Mr.8 ZTE Platinum award winner

Nowadays, Chinese chess i commonly played all around the world. But can you imagine visually impaired people from different countries and communities with different cultures playing the game without any trouble? The Public Design Lab of the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, has made this possible with their design, “Chess for All”. It consists of a newly invented tactile system which overcomes the limitations of conventional Braille and cultural differences, meeting the call of society with inclusive and equal opportunities for all.

The Mr.8 (TD-U220) is a TD-model cell phone of ZTE, with its main target consumers being young students. Appearance, circuitry, hardware and software design was all independently researched and developed. Dominated by the industrial design ethos that shape comes first, the Mr.8 marksa an affinity with newer, simpler thinking as its design theme – the basis of ZTE’s language for customer solutions.

With a strong design sense and unique appearance, the Mr.8 also embraces green technology while focusing on users experience, leading to a design firmly grounded in both business and humanity.

Advocating green low carbon ,Mr. 8 refuse wasting ,inflexible and impossible.It reflects environmental aspects to connect phone packaging with USB line.When users disconnect traditional cell phone packaging, packaging becomes usefulness which both occupy space and creat waste. USB of Mr. 8 adopts FFC (Flexible Flat Cable) ultra-thin data wires which are compressed in interlayer of packaging thickness. Tearing the packaging along the dotted line and then you can get the USB itself. So the process of tearing is also openning the package. The teared USB package can be used when connecting built-in charger and the instructions are printed in two cards left.

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December 2, 2011

The Shanghai Museum of Glass

Our Platinum Award Winner “The Shanghai Museum of Glass” is located on a former glass manufacturing and processing site in the northern District of Baoshan, Shanghai. The site covers a total area of 40,300 sq.m and consists of 30 industrial buildings varying in age, condition and scale, with most still being used by glass-related industries. The owner, Shanghai Glass Co., aimed to upgrade the site and selected two buildings to become the Shanghai Museum of Glass to kick start the project. It is the first glass museum in China, and one of the first museums in China based on a modern, interactive exhibition concept. The museum covers an area of 5,000 sq.m spread over two existing and two new building sections hosting the museum exhibition space, a glass art gallery, several workshops for both artists and visitors, event and temporary exhibition spaces, a cafe and offices, storage and supporting facilities. The Shanghai Museum of Glass building is the first and central building of a glass, art, research and technology park branded G+ Glass Theme Park.

At the moment, the museum hosts 3 exhibitions and 4 galleries. There is a chance to see the hot glass performance, which promises to be impressive. Moreover, you could rent a hot glass studio and a blowing assistant to make your own glass piece of art!


Building 8, 685 Changjiang Xi Road,

Shanghai 200231, P.R. China

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