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China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: MP3 Player Sales Decreased 43.76% in the first half of 2008

According to the latest report of CCID Consulting, in the first half of 2008, China’s MP3 player market realized sales of about 2.5 million MP3 players and revenue of CNY1.223 billion (nearly 180 million US dollars), year-on-year decreases of 43.76% and 43.56%, respectively. Li Ying, a consultant from the consumer electronics industry research center of CCID Consulting, says that as the MP3 player markets in big Chinese cities are close to saturation, a negative growth began to appear in its sales in the first six months of 2008…

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China Information Technology Software

Intelectual Property: Shanghai’s biggest copyright case hits court

A Shanghai city court began hearing criminal charges recently against a gang accused of global trading in pirated software – at US$10 million-plus, the biggest case of copyright violation in Shanghai’s history. Nine defendants were brought before the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court in a trial that is expected to last two days…

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Chinese People and Their Mobile Phones: users top 960 million

The number of phone users in China had exceeded 960 million as of July/2008, including over 600 million mobile phone users, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said on recently. Fixed-line subscribers dropped 10.6 million from January to July/2008, or a reduction of 1.35 million monthly, with the total at 355 million as of July/2008…

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Internet in China: Over 100 Million Youth Seek Fun Online

On April 25th, 2008, China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) released the Research Report of China Youth Internet Behaviors. The report studies the online behaviors of 107 million China’s netizens under the age of 25. According to the report, China’s youth netizens are more inclined to entertainment demand. The most used online serves for youth are IM(91.3%), online music(91.1%), online movie/video(82.9%), search engine(73.4%), online games(68.2%), online news(63.4%) and email(58%). If compared with the average usage level of all Internet users, the usage rate of online games, online music and online movie/video among youth are much higher than average rate […]

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China Design

Chinese Calligraphy: Master Yue Le

In previous post in which I discussed chinese calligraphy, I talked a little bit about chinese calligraphy’s history, and my impressions of its influence in contemporary chinese design. Since a lot of people have been asking me for more on the topic, I’ve decided to post on YouTube some videos of a trip my wife, a couple of friends and I did to Zhu Jia Jiao, one of the many river towns just outside Shanghai. In Zhu Jia Jiao, we’ve met Master Yue Le, a local artist that makes his living on creating banners/posters for tourist that visit that town: with our little domain of Mandarin, we’ve asked him to create some banners to represent something he would consider typical […]

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China Design

Design in China: Shanghai to establish excellence center for branding and corporate identities

Shanghai industrial and commercial authorities will help companies develop brand logos to increase the number of local logos registered overseas to 20,000 by the year 2012, officials said recently. To help achieve the target, the Shanghai Bureau of Industrial and Commercial Administration said it would build a public service platform in the bureau. The platform would provide logo registration and design consultation, a legal service, value estimation and logo trade for companies…

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Design Information Technology Innovation Software

“User Interface Design in an Agile Environment”: Jeff White and Jim Unger’s talk at IxDA | Interaction ‘08 Conference

In their talk at IxDA | Interaction ‘08 Conference, they describe their experience with the merger of user centered design into agile (team) development practice as manifest in a one day design studio […]

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Look Into the Future with Autodesk Labs: Multi touch wall (Part II)

Doug Look from Autodesk Labs experiments with Autodesk’s design software on a Multi-Touch Wall device, produced by Perceptive Pixel and invented by researcher and (TED conference luminary) Jeff Han. Multi-touch human-computer interfaces may dramatically change how products, infrastructure, and buildings are designed […]

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Design Innovation Software

Look Into the Future with Autodesk Labs: Multi Touch Wall

Doug Look from Autodesk Labs experiments with Autodesk’s design software on a Multi Touch Wall device, produced by Perceptive Pixel and invented by researcher and (TED conference luminary) Jeff Han. Multi-touch human-computer interfaces may dramatically change how products, infrastructure, and buildings are designed […]

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Design Innovation Software

Apple’s Design Process

Interesting presentation at SXSW from Michael Lopp, senior engineering manager at Apple, who tried to assess how Apple can ‘get’ design when so many other companies try and fail. After describing Apple’s process of delivering consumers with a succession of presents (“really good ideas wrapped up in other really good ideas” — in other words, great software in fabulous hardware in beautiful packaging), he asked the question many have asked in their time […]