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China is a country with five thousand years of civilization. It is a multi-national entity extending over a large area of East Asia. China’s cultural influence extends across the continent, with customs and writing systems adopted by neighboring countries including Japan, Korea and Vietnam. China has gone through numerous ups and downs and twists and turns, from wealthy and prosperous (as during the Tang Dynasty back in 618â907 AD) to powerless and colonized (as during the Qing Dynasty, just around 100 years ago). Now China is reopening its door to the world again, embracing the latest trends, concepts and technologies, the World Wide Web being one of them. In our interviews with six well-known designers in China, each of whom wears different hats, the recurring theme was that China’s Web design industry is rising like a spiral from imitation to innovation and user-centered design.
Here is a great article that discussed the development of Chinese graphic design that has changed drastically in the past 10 or so years. Even as a Chinese and having been growing up along with the development of the internet in China, this article opened up my mind to the reasons of certain styles/design decisions made for Chinese websites (such as that pages are designed-for-clicks). There is also a great showcase of Chinese websites that really cover the general styles of websites in China. Really loved how Chinese graphic design got a whole article on Smashing Magazine!
ps. Growing up as the generation that really saw the growth of the internet in China, I hated Chinese websites. It was in fact the driving force and the reason behind my college app essays explaining why I want to enter a school’s graphic design/ visual communications department. Now it is really refreshing to see that China has moved forward and slightly away from imitation/copy! And it is even better to see the Western world trying to understand our graphic design/ web aesthetics.
what materials did you use to make your polyhedron lamp?
I used black and transparent plastic sheets that you could find at any plastic store I believe. I also used copper wire and wire mesh.
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My constellation projector :)
Here’s the inner workings of the machine.
For my 3D class, we had to create a machine that shows the passing of time (a measurement of time). I wanted to convey the sense of looking back in time when we look at stars, so I decided to make a mini-projector.
This is around 8-9inches big.
I am a street photographer in New York City. Several months ago, I was approached by a representative of DKNY who asked to purchase 300 of my photos to hang in their store windows “around the world.” They offered me $15,000. A friend in the industry told me that $50 per photo was not nearly enough to receive from a company with hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. So I asked for more money. They said “no.”
Today, a fan sent me a photo from a DKNY store in Bangkok. The window is full of my photos. These photos were used without my knowledge, and without compensation.
I don’t want any money. But please REBLOG this post if you think that DKNY should donate $100,000 on my behalf to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. That donation would sure help a lot of deserving kids go to summer camp. I’ll let you guys know if it happens.
UPDATE: DKNY posted this announcement, via facebook:
Since its founding in 1989, DKNY has been inspired by and incorporated authentic New York into its imagery. For our Spring 2013 store window visuals we decided to celebrate the city that is in our name by showcasing “Only in NYC” images. We have immense respect for Brandon Stanton aka Humans of New York and approached him to work with us on this visual program. He declined to participate in the project.
For the Spring 2013 windows program, we licensed and paid for photos from established photography service providers. However, it appears that inadvertently the store in Bangkok used an internal mock up containing some of Mr. Stanton’s images that was intended to merely show the direction of the spring visual program. We apologize for this error and are working to ensure that only the approved artwork is used.
DKNY has always supported the arts and we deeply regret this mistake. Accordingly, we are making a charitable donation of $25,000 to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn in Mr. Stanton’s name.
$25k will help a lot of kids at the YMCA. I know a lot of you would like to have seen the full $100k, but we are going to take them at their word that it was a mistake, and be happy that this one had a happy ending. Thanks so much for your support, everyone.