“A bag is a portable container, everyone has different taste or demand, or simply a brand preference. You have a special relationship with your bag, it is part of your personality but still exist independently. For me, it is the language in which I express my attitudes and aesthetics. “
Xin Zhao, an independent bag designer in Shanghai (people also call her “Xinxin“), shared some of her thinking with me in her studio.
Seine used to be a graphic designer, her role was more involved in finding visual solutions for various commercial use. After years of working in front of a computer, she decided to take a break and adjust her career direction. After trying out a floral design class, she felt she should keep on learning it. Now she already obtained a teaching certificate from Japan and started her floral teaching career in J-Flower Shanghai.
From football player to referee, from sport journalist to interaction designer, Franco Papeschi’s role has shifted several times in his professional career life, finally he settled down in user experience (UX) design applying his skills on the things that make people’s life easier and better. Italy, England and Netherlands, he has changed his working field in different countries, but it is not enough, he also went to work for an NGO in Africa trying to improve local people’s life through approachable technology and possible services together with local start-ups. In 2014, Franco and his wife moved to Shanghai by EF – Education First‘s invitation, started working as Director of Experience Design for them, designing digital services to help people who wants to learn a new language.
Xinle Lu (Road) is a famous shopping street in Shanghai, but the “XINLELU.COM” we talk about here has nothing to do with that street, it is actually an innovative fashion retailer based in Shanghai. Yilei, a Shanghai girl with big dreams, is the founder and leader of this interesting venture.
This time I came to visit the design research expert Zhihui Shi’s home in Shanghai with extra excitement. Extra excitement is because I am really fascinated by design research and I know how much fun it is to be a nerdy researcher to find out insights that can help making impact on people’s life.
Have you ever daydreamed about moving to a tropical island to live? Mia Chow didn’t just day-dream about it, she made it all happen for real.
“I enjoy every moment of it.” Mia replied to my question of “how’s life in Bali?” when I first met her in Ubud.
Mia Chow, a Shanghai girl in her early 20s, is living in Ubud Bali for one year already. After graduation, she has tried exploring her career interests in magazine editing, fashion styling and graphic design. Last year she went to Bali for short holiday and fell in love with this magical island immediately.
Following the last post about the journey to the west, this post showcases one of Chris and Matthias’s test drive’s gadgets. Before they headed out to the real adventure, they did quite a few short distance trip to test out all the equipment and have a better feeling of riding.
At the moment, they are already half way into their real journey, crossing the Asia & Europe continents in Turkey.
A Bavarian and a South Tyrolean guy met in Shanghai, and they gradually fell in love because of the common passion for motorbike so they ran away together for a big adventure back to Europe… Oh no no no, that’s not the real story, just my fantasy, I always joke about it with them, hahaha.
So here comes the real story: In my design firm, I was working with Matthias the Bavarian guy from Germany and Chris the South Tyrolean guy from Italy. After few years living in Shanghai, they thought their adventure in China had to come to an end, so they came up with a creative idea for going back home – a journey to the west from China to Europe by motorbike.
Before they left, I visited their motorbike workshop couple times, it was super exciting to see how they did the modifications to the bikes. Think big, get your hands dirty, do prototype for testing, make modifications, get real connections to the process, and make things happen… and also most importantly have fun! That’s how they prepared it. It’s going to be a trip of the lifetime, and I am so happy I can be a very small part of it by documenting it.
Matthias and Chris are on the road already since end of July 2014, and now stuck in Uzbekistan temporarily because one of the bike needs some repair. They are waiting for some parts sending from Taobao in China. The famous Taobao… well, I used to joke with them that they should get a sponsorship from Taobao before, haha you see Alibaba just listed its shares on the New York Stock Exchange few days ago, a good chance to propose them to enter Europe:D maybe…hahaha