Itamar Medeiros was a pioneer in the trajectory of Brazilian graphic designers across the world to help create Chinese professionals in this area. In 2005, he was hired by Raffles Design Institute from Shanghai to teach interaction design at the Department of Multimedia. The following year, he invited Billy Bacon and Bruno Porto to join the team of teachers.
Medeiros left the academia and went back to the industry, joining American design software giant Autodesk, where he manages an user experience team for AutoCAD Map3D, one of the most widely used software by architects and engineers.
China has a long way to go in the development of graphic design and point out the lack of creativity as the main weakness of the country. “The education here is like that of Brazil 50 years ago: the ‘best students’ are the ones who can reproduce the notes from the lecture exactly exactly as taught by the teacher. There isn’t much incentive to creative thinking,” says Medeiros, who is also the representative of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai.
via Brazil leads ABC Design in China – culture – Estadao.com.br (in Portuguese).