Design Innovation Readings

Watch Bjarke Ingels’ “Hedonistic sustainability” talk at TED

Bjarke Ingels’ architecture is luxurious, sustainable and community-driven. In this talk, he shows us his playful designs, from a factory chimney that blows smoke rings to a ski slope built atop a waste processing plant. Bjarke Ingels is principal of BIG, based in Copenhagen. An alumnus of Rem Koolhaas‘ OMA practice, Ingels takes a similar […]


Must See: Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco

Located downtown in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena cultural district, the museum is home to over 6,000 pieces of original and cartoon and animation art, a comprehensive research library, and five galleries of exhibition space […]

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Watch Bjarke Ingels’ “3 warp-speed architecture tales” talk at TED

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy designs. His buildings not only look like nature — they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy — and creating stunning views […]

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Watch Silvio Meira’s “Cooperation: How Education can be changed into learning” talk at TEDx São Paulo

Silvio Meira walks us through a series of “provocative cartoons about how he thinks the world should work.”

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Design in China: animation gaining “real” art status

Animated films, television cartoons and graphic novels have come a long way to being accepted as art forms in China […]

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Information Technology in China: software industry maintained rapid growth in 2008

In spite of the impact of the international financial crisis, China’s software industry has maintained a growth rate of over 20 percent since the second half of 2008, making it one of the fastest growing industries […]

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Scott McCloud’s “Understanding comics” talk at TED

In this unmissable look at the magic of comics, Scott McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures that our eyes can hear and touch […]

China Design

Internet in China: the world’s largest internet market

By July 2008, China had become the world’s largest internet market with 253 million internet users including 40 million Internet game players, journalists learned from the 2008 China-ASEAN Cultural Industry Forum, which closed in Nanning city on October 29.

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Design in China: Shanghai to attract animation and cartoon enterprises into Pudong

The Pudong New Area government in Shanghai expects to attract more than 200 animation and cartoon enterprises into Zhangjiang High-tech Park within five to 10 years, the district government said recently. The new facility will also provide a creative hub for animation and comics artists and investors to tap the vast potential of the Chinese domestic market. ‘The combination of animation and online game development can help to form integrated industries that can optimize resources,’ said Yuan Liqiang, general manager of the Shanghai Zhangjiang Creative Industry Development Co Ltd…