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Watch Mike Lemmon’s “Design Language for Interactions” talk at IxDA | Interaction ’12 Conference

A design language establishes the visual vocabulary, relationships and hierarchies that allow diverse products to become recognizable and unified. But as products become digital and shift to multi-platform app-driven ecosystems, what constitutes an effective design language for interaction that can drive consistency across these varied experiences? This presentation provides a framework for how to establish an interaction design language by sharing professional project experiences and examples […]

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Design Readings

Watch Timothy Prestero’s “Design for people, not awards” talk at TED

Timothy Prestero thought he’d designed the perfect incubator for newborns in the developing world — but his team learned a hard lesson when it failed to go into production. A manifesto on the importance to design for people’s real-world use, rather than accolades […]

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Design Readings Software

[EVENT] IxDA Shanghai presents “Four Mobile Machines” with Aaron Marcus: SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2012, 7:30PM

Mr. Marcus reviews briskly four projects that are conceptual designs for new kinds of mobile applications (smartphone and tablet with associated Web portals) that combine the theories of information design and persuasion design to change people’s behavior […]

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Economics Information Technology Trend Watching

Information Technology in Brazil: Launching Investment Program to Boost Software and IT Industry

Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) has unveiled a new Strategic Program for Software and Information Technology in Brazil, announcing R$ 500 million (approximately US$ 248 million) in planned investments from 2012-2015 to build and strengthen Brazil’s competitiveness in this sector [..]

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Innovation

Watch Amory Lovins’ “A 50-year plan for energy” talk at TED

In this intimate talk filmed at TED’s offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world’s dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening — like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks — but some require a bigger vision […]

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China Design Trend Watching

Eco Design Fair: Showcasing innovation and sustainable design in Shanghai

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, the Eco Design Fair will bring to Shanghai’s South Bund a full day of exhibits and activities for visitors to learn about green and healthy living, and seeking earth-friendly alternatives in fashion, food, energy, transportation, wellness, home, gardening, finance and more […]

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Consumer Behavior Economics Information Technology Trend Watching

Internet in Brazil: fashion and beauty industries pulling E-commerce numbers up by in 2012

Sales of clothing, footwear, sporting goods, medicines, health and beauty products have the highest growth prospects in the market of Brazilian e-commerce and should pull the number of requests in 2012 […]

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China Consumer Behavior Economics Trend Watching

China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: becoming the biggest market of luxury products

Observers predict that China will soon be biggest in the world for high-end designer consumer goods. Chinese people will buy more than half their acquisition of luxury goods on the mainland in 2014 rather than overseas, as is the case now, business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan said in its latest survey […]

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Economics Information Technology Innovation Software Trend Watching

Information Technology in Brazil: IT services push GDP numbers up

Segment was the fastest growing in 2011, according to GDP data. market jumped from U.S. $ 59 billion in 2008 to US$ 95 billion in 2011 […]

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China Consumer Behavior Trend Watching

Health in China: “Human Placenta”?

Health in China: “Human Placenta”?, a photo by china@designative on Flickr