Design Readings

Watch Jason Ulaszek & Brian Winters’ “From Design Research to Experience Roadmap” talk at Interaction’13 | IxDA Conference

Design research is critical. Creating foundational, living documentation about the needs, beliefs and behaviors of your customer is of the utmost importance. And, being able to identify needs, opportunities and the future direction for the business, based on both sound process and analytical thought, will be your keys to short and long-term success. In this session you’ll learn how to turn design research activities into a mental model, identify potential new business opportunities and derive business and experience direction from your newly found consumer insight. And, you’ll look like a freakin’ rockstar in your company doing it […]

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 [..]

Design Information Technology Innovation Software Trend Watching

Gary Flake demos Pivot and asks “is it a turning point for web exploration?” talk at TED

Gary Flake demos Pivot, a new way to browse and arrange massive amounts of images and data online. Built on breakthrough Seadragon technology, it enables spectacular zooms in and out of web databases, and the discovery of patterns and links invisible in standard web browsing […]

China Economics Innovation Trend Watching

China, Technology, Innovation and the Environment: Shanghai chosen as electric car pilot city

China named Shanghai as the country’s pilot city for electric vehicle development […]

China Economics Information Technology Innovation Readings Trend Watching

China, Technology & Innovation: New research projects keep Shanghai district in front with science

Scientific research projects on sodium sulfur batteries, electric cars and high power lasers have been kicked off in Shanghai’s Jiading District: regarded as a “Science and Technology Satellite City” in Shanghai, the district has become a cluster area for scientific research institutes […]

China Consumer Behavior Economics Trend Watching

China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: Chinese premier stresses expansion of domestic consumption

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao stressed the importance of promoting domestic consumption and independent research and development during a three-day inspection tour of the central Hunan Province, which ended recently […]

China Innovation

China, Technology, Innovation and the Environment: Self-innovation key for China’s industrial modernization

China should focus on self-innovation rather than over-reliance on technology imports to achieve the industrial modernization, according to a blue paper issued by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) recently. The report was made upon CASS’s survey on the country’s 15 key industries. The result showed inadequate investment in self-innovation in China, which has held back the country from faster industrialization […]

China Information Technology Software

Gaming in China: Overseas revenue of Chinese online games exceeds 100 million USD

Statistics released by China’s General Administration of Press and Publication show that the online games market in China realized actual sales of 18.38 billion yuan last year, up 76.6 percent from 2007. Moreover, it created 47.84 billion yuan in direct revenues for industries such as telecommunications and IT […]

Design Information Technology Software

Alan Kay’s “A powerful idea about teaching ideas” talk at TED

With all the intensity and brilliance for which he is known, Alan Kay envisions better techniques for teaching kids by using computers to illustrate experience in ways -– mathematically and scientifically — that only computers can […]

China Design Innovation

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…