Hong Kong BODW represents one of the main events in the Asian design calendar. In its 12th year, the event opens its doors next week and runs from 2nd to the 8th December.
As usual the event has attracted an impressive list of speakers covering the entire creative spectrum. Highlights include Larry Keeley who is the president and co founder of the Chicago based Doblin Inc and authour of the book Ten Types Of Innovations. Also on the list is the infectious Italian design guru Stefano Giovannonio who’s classic pieces can be counted in the dozens and new faces such as French designer François Brument, founder of In-Flexions, a research focused studio developing digital applications for creating objects, spaces, services and interactive pieces. Finally we want to mention Ascan Mergenthaler from Herzog & de Meuron who are the architect behind Hong Kong’s new contemporary Museum M+ which has the ambition to be Asia’s equivalent to the Tate Modern. This will be a very interesting project to follow and we wish fellow swede Lars Nittve who is heading up the project the best of luck.
Here at C’monde we are particularly interested in listening to Ascan Mergenthaler as his works is close to home for us and it will have a huge impact on Hong Kong’s cultural offer. François Brument and Deyan Sudjic are two other interesting faces who brings fresh ideas onto the design scene.
This year’s host country is Belgium and they will be showcasing local design under the theme of ‘Belgian Spirit’.
For more information on BODW visit: 2013.bodw.com
We hope to see you there!
29. Nov, 2013 0 Comments
C’monde is looking for a intern who can inspire and support us in various multidisciplinary projects with international clients. Requirements are that you have a design background, are talented in what you do and can make us laugh. No coffee making skills required.
We can offer challenging projects in a friendly and inspiring small studio environment together with an experienced team. If you are interested in working with us then send your portfolio to email@example.com
06. Nov, 2013 0 Comments
C’monde Studios is looking to employ an amazingly talented Sr. Industrial Designer with a good sense of humor. You will be responsible for leading the design effort for consumer electronic projects from early concept through production. The specific tasks include design, consumer research, competitive marketplace analysis, industrial design, refinement, documentation of designs, and working with engineering teams at our manufacturing partners to ensure that design integrity is maintained from concept to production. Finally, Cantonese and Mandarin language skills are valued.
What you bring to the role:
• 3 – 5 years of progressive experience as an Industrial Designer. Consumer electronics experience is a plus, but we are inspired by diverse experience as well.
• Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in Industrial Design.
• Expert knowledge of relevant software including 3D CAD
• Experience with market research, trend research and analysis, user scenario development, and competitive benchmarking.
• Great sketching, form development and visual communication abilities throughout the design process.
• Ability to mentor and creatively direct younger designers.
• The desire and ability to work on many exciting projects in a creative and multidisciplinary collaborative studio.
Please send CV and Portfolio samples to firstname.lastname@example.org
17. May, 2013 0 Comments
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, or PolyU as it’s more commonly called spares no means in its effort to boost the schools creative power. The new ‘Innovation Tower’ designed by world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, will serve as a driving force in the development of Hong Kong as a design hub in Asia. The tower will also provide additional space to facilitate inter-disciplinary research and education in the field of design on completion in 2013.
The facilities will house an advanced Car Design Studio; Fashion Accessories Materials Labs; a Sound Studio for Multi-media and Entertainment Design; a Museum and a public gallery to exhibit works of students as well as internationally established talents and professionals.
In 2009 Bloomberg/Businessweek featured the school on their list of worlds top design schools. It will be interesting to follow what effect the new school will bring to the region.
By Johan Persson
07. Apr, 2013 0 Comments
WeSC continues to collaborate with what they call ‘WeSC Activists’ in connection to their headphone series. In this new collaboration DJ Axwell is using the Bassoon headphone designed by C’monde Studios in Hong Kong. He has been nominated for a Grammy, performed with Usher at the American Music Awards, had 3 top 10 hits in the UK with Swedish House Mafia. He was voted the 12th best DJ in the world in DJ Magazine’s top 100 poll, and has been voted Best House Artist by Beatport. His residency at Pacha Ibiza with Swedish House Mafia reached legendary status in 2010, with guest performances from Kylie and Tinie Tempah.
Check out the result below.
15. Mar, 2013 0 Comments
Frequent commuters in Hong Kong may have noticed that selected KMB busses have been equipped with a new and improved Octopus Card reader. The brief specified a remake of the external design to enable updated performance and added functionality.
Consideration was also given to improve the interface by increasing font size and intensify the display contrast to better cater for passengers with reduced eyesight.
20. Jan, 2013 0 Comments
It’s been a hectic couple of months but we can finally sit down, breath out and look back on the birth of a new brand, and isn’t she sweet. For this top tier law firm we set out to create a brand that would be easily recognised, convey a image of something ‘new yet established’ and absorb a visual differentiation that would help the practice to distinguish itself from an increasing amount of legal competition as more and more legal firms ‘up’ their branding stakes.
The increased focus on branding within the legal industry is evident. Several international research studies concluding that in times of increased globalization and mass communication businesses are more then ever effected by how they are perceived. Their business agenda, fee levels, investor relations, clients and exchange of talent are all areas increasingly affected by image and reputation of the brand.
Obviously good reputation can only be realised over time and through a certain amount of client interaction but too many firms in the legal industry overlook the importance of a clear and consistent visual identity. It’s only through consistency a business can create recognition and the more consistent you are the faster you will be recognised for what you do – and that all starts with your brand identity.
The creative team that has been working on this has been amazing and all brought their skills and knowledge to the final result.
Creative Direction & Branding Strategies by Johan Persson
Web Design by Rob MacGuire
Web Development by Smart Drop
Copywriting by Giles Publications
Account Management by Taura Edgar
Photography by Roy Lee
07. May, 2012 0 Comments
I recently read some interesting facts about the growing income levels in China. Below you can see how an average single 31-year-old office-worker with a master degree spends his monthly income. The income level represents the affluent middle-class that represents about 20% of the population. Article from Stenvall & Skold.
Another enlightenment came from reading an article about Chinese spending behaviour. Chinese are queuing to by the American Dream. The article mentions something I myself have had a hunch about and it offer a twist to many consumer research findings. “Surveys have shown that the Chinese consumer is almost one of the most frugal and value driven consumer in the world. Where is the catch? This bipolarity can be explained by dividing the consumption in 2 categories: Products which are used in a social setting and convey status and products whose consumption or use are not used in a social setting.”
This finding connects well to the theory Lars Qvortrup brings forward in his book The Hypercomplex Society. He argues that many spending decisions are based on what gain the products brings to social status and acceptance by social groups. An obvious example is the Iphone. However, whats interesting is that this decision is only made in certain purchases that leverage the most value and visibility to my social surrounding. The crux in this bipolar behavior is that is connects a specific consumer to many different consumer groups at once and this tendency seems to be much stronger in China then anywhere else in the world.
By Johan Persson
19. Apr, 2012 0 Comments