Category Archives: Designed in Taiwan

Thoughts on design and creativity. Not necessarily in Taiwan.

Transitions – PDE Degree Show 2011

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Transitions Craig Whittet at the Glasgow School of Art asked me to write some words for the Product Design Engineering degree show – what an honour! The theme this year is ‘transitions’. Change is Scary In the time between your first day at art school, […]

Designing a Notebook

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The penny dropped when my own Father announced that his company was ordering them for their employees; the heat was really on! Rewind; the Vostro brand, specifically established to provide Small Business owners with IT solutions. Until this point, the products were good value and […]

Innovation is Fracturing

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The pursuit of cheaper, faster manufacturing has lead to an enormous shift in the economies of the ‘old’ Industrial nations. After losing basic manufacturing and support roles, the West is now haemorrhaging advanced development and design functions to the manufacturing companies of Asia; in many […]

Finding an Industrial Design Job in Asia

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Shanghai Train

Leaving design school, it can be really tough to pick a career direction; let alone find a job.  Believing ‘change brings opportunity’, after graduating in 2003 I decided to head east and cut my teeth in Asia.  Now all I needed was a job, and […]

Things I Learned After Graduating Design School

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Keep Designing

“Well, they didn’t teach us this in design school” These exchanges seem to happen with some regularity in the Dell design team.  So it got us thinking, what didn’t they – or couldn’t they – teach us in design school?  What do we wish we […]

I strive to create great things, resulting in satisfied people

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“I strive to create great things, resulting in satisfied people” It took me several hours, multiple attempts, over many months to write that simple sentence, but I think it sums me up.  I am, by training, an Industrial Designer and Mechanical Engineer.  However I seem […]

Adaptable Architecture

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Adaptable Architecture

Taipei tries its best at erecting buildings that have some semblance of style, even if that style is generating a neo-Gothic Greek Revivalist Bali retreat.  But bless ‘em, the local residents get to work modifying, adapting and extending their properties with scant regard for the […]

Pure Insight – Innovation in Asia

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Last night, working with Mark Stocker at DDG, we conducted a second online seminar with Pure Insight. Unlike the bulk of their presentations (far more McKinsey in style, with lots of graphs and metrics and other things to lean on) we kept it much more […]

Love & Money

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Government support for exporting design in the UK is pretty strong, and the efforts landed in Taiwan last week, with the ‘Love & Money’ show rolling into town. Basically, a show case of the British creative industries, it showcased work from, among others, Zaha Hadid, […]

Pure Insight – Outsourcing Innovation

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Last week, amongst trying to relax with the family, I hosted an online ‘Webinar’ for a company called Pure Insight. The title? “The Next Logical Step? Outsourcing Your Innovation to Asia“ I have used online meeting tools a fair amount in the past, but this […]