Tag Archives: DEM

Travel

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Well, here I am in Hong Kong airport, on my way to Shanghai. I am coming over at the last minute to kick off one of my projects. In typical DEM style, schedules were changing by the minute right up until I left work yesterday, […]

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, […]

Two Years in DEM

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Against all odds, I just passed my two year mark with DEM – the craziest darn hoot’n shoot’n design bureau in the East! The story of a British Industrial Designer in Taiwan…

Factories

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I have visited dozens of factories in my time, but I never lose my enthusiasm for seeing new ones. We were visiting a client’s supplier to ascertain their capabilities, and I was just fascinated by the machinery. I never knew how fabric tubes were made […]

Get on the Bus

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Uh Oh, 100 buses in Taipei… Know that I got some very strange looks when I was taking these photos! Advertising in Banciao – BIG (see me below) – I had to talk my way into the top floor. The security guard said ‘no’ but […]

My 15 Seconds of Fame

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The night half of me was waiting for with sweet anticipation, and half dreading finally arrived – I had my first television interview in Chinese! It wasn’t quite the character assassination I was fearing, and apart from sounding a bit dim, it went ok – […]

My First Cell Phone

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Today was quite simply one of the craziest days in Taiwan as a professional designer. Why? Because today I launched my first cell phone! The Taiwanese do things a little differently from back home, but it was still a shock to arrive to find a […]

Pencils for Gambling – Kokuyo

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Well, the results are out, and I won the ‘Special Prize’ in the annual Kokuyo Design Award! ‘Pencils for Gambling’ are a combination of dice and pencils. The inspiration came when looking at these two traditional, easily recognized objects, and realizing that they both had […]

Kokuyo

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I just won the ‘Special’ prize in the Kokuyo design award 2006! It’s a Japanese design prize … more details when I know them. Kokuyo 2006 The story of a British Industrial Designer in Taiwan…

Stuck in the Office

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The hotel is strangely serene. Doors stay open, creating a strange mix of private and public space and a white noise of television, hair dryers and conversation – an experience not unlike student halls. Breakfast brought delightful flashbacks to my first days in Taipei and […]