Turning Innovation into Business in Hong Kong

Last week I was invited by The Nordic Chambers Of Commerce to share my view on business and innovation in Hong Kong to a mixed audience of executives. Hosted by KPMG I shared the stage with James McKeogh, principal advisory at KPMG and  Stuart Patton director at SongHi.

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“ Johan Persson is a very devoted and competent speaker who delivered an outstanding talk on how to turn innovation into business in Hong Kong, at The Hub. Who cannot feel inspired by his knowledge and positive spirit with regards to Hong Kong as the best place to set up business.”

Eva Karlberg, GM – Swedish Chamber of Commerce

The host KPMG office in Hysan Place, Causeway Bay offered a spectacular view of Hong Kong harbor.

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29. May, 2015 0 Comments

Sr Graphic/Multimedia Designer

We are looking for a smart, switched-on Senior Designer, self motivated, problem solver and with good ability to craft compelling stories to support a creative direction that enhance both image and awareness for the brand. We expect solid experience in visual identity system, printed material, UX, digital advertising, photography and POSM.

Requirements:
General woo-hoo mentality
An incurable curiosity relating to all things design
Excellent skills in all related software
Outspoken and open to presenting in front of the team
Communicative and responsive team member
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
Ability to confidently present your designs to clients
Degree in visual communication, graphic design, multimedia or similar
Knowledge of 3D rendering and Auto Cad drawing will be advantageous

Minimum 2-3 years relevant business experience in a agency, corporate communications or related field.

If a small team environment that provides opportunities to work in a wide range of different creative fields appeals then this is for you.

Send your portfolio to:
johan@cmonde.com

01. Apr, 2015 0 Comments

Congratulations Vigil!

Though out the past moths C’monde has together with our client Vigil been working with biometric data sensors for the age care services market. Statistics from New Zealand projects the population aged 65 and over to grow to over 1,000,000 by 2031. The consequential pressure on health services will be profound unless we change the way we deliver care.

We are proud that our design solution awakened the interest of BUPA Australasia, a part of the BUPA International Healthcare Group who serves 22 million customers globally, generating revenues of about USD 15 billion. They will partner with Vigil and invest $5 million investment in exchange for a 25 per cent stake in the business.

Spark Ventures CEO Rod Snodgrass agrees that this opportunity was too good to pass up.
“The demand for smarter digital health solutions will only grow as the population ages. Vigil offers medical monitoring solutions using digital technologies with many applications and with global potential. The addition of the global muscle and capability of Bupa will help realise that.”

We hope we can show you product renderings of this cooperation publicly very soon!

08. Dec, 2014 0 Comments

A great documentary film about designers who turn their dream into a business in Hong Kong.

We are incredibly proud to be part of this impressive and well made documentary about Hong Kong’s creative industry. Designers Inbetween is a documentary revealing Hong Kong’s creative industry through the lens of a range of start ups to industry´s leading professionals. It is an introduction to what lies in the near future for creatives; rather than working inhouse, creating micro brands and working as an independent consultant.Visit their Kickstarter page and make a pledge to help make this film real. A pledge of only 99£ get you tix to the grand premier at Zaha Hadid´s famous Innovation tower at Hong Kong Polytechnic University the 5th of December. See you there!

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13. Nov, 2014 0 Comments

Cmonde’s Johan Persson named among the top designers in Hong Kong

Johan Person was recently named among Hong Kong’s top designers.

Hong Kong is today seen as a gateway to the Chinese consumer market. This view have attracted creative explorers and the city has recently seen a rise in start-ups establishing their brands in Hong Kong, as well as Western designers taking up residence to be closer to the nearby Southern manufacturing provinces in China.

Here is a list of the city’s most celebrated contemporary product designers.

Hong Kong’s Top Product Designers

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Photo by Inga Beckmann

06. Oct, 2014 0 Comments

We are looking for a talented Industruial Designer!

C’monde Studios is looking to employ a talented 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 but not required.

What you bring to the role:
• 3 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 johan@cmonde.com

06. Oct, 2014 0 Comments

Our new office!

This year have been extra busy, topping up all fun work and projects, with re-locating our office to a new location. We are now finally getting settled and back to normal pace at Hong Kong’s creative hub PMQ – an exiting building filled with history and thriving with creativity that we are very happy to be part of.

The PMQ project was born in 2009 from an initiative of the Development Bureau to preserve the former Police Married Quarters. The Musketeers Foundation, with the support of Hong Kong Design Centre, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong Design Institute of the Vocational Training Council, was assigned the task to transform the site into a premier landmark showcasing the best of Hong Kong’s creative industry.

In the beginning of this year, 2014, we finally moved in. After being carefully reviewed, passing interviews and screenings, here we are: in the middle of the creative and inspiring environment of design offices, pop up stores, happenings and events. PMQ is open for everyone and acts like a event space and houses a range of design studios, cafes and small stores to visit.

 

You´ll find us in block A, floor 6, room 608. Look for me.u earphones in the window.

Whoohoo!

Read more about the events hosted at PMQ and find out what´s happening right now : http://www.pmq.org.hk/

06. Oct, 2014 0 Comments

Hong Kong Policy Address 2014 – Creative Industries

In the beginning of each year the HK government publish their policy address in which the Chief Executive C. Y Leung states his and the government aims for coming year.

At number 32 we can read that the Creative Industry have shown continued growth and will have continued financial support in coming year. A positive sign from the government that the HKs Creative Industry is promoted.

“Hong Kong’s creative industries have great potential.  In recent years, they have grown at a faster rate than the overall economy.  The Government will strive to enhance their overall competitiveness, especially by nurturing talent, tapping new markets, supporting new enterprises and promoting sustainable development.  We injected another $300 million into the CreateSmart Initiative last year to sustain our support for the development of creative industries.  In addition, we are reviewing the Film Development Fund to better support the local film industry.”

You can read the full policy address here

 

30. Jan, 2014 0 Comments

BODW / Business of design week

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!

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29. Nov, 2013 0 Comments

Intern with a woohoo mentality

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 info@cmonde.com

Woohoo!

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06. Nov, 2013 0 Comments