UI vs. Loneliness: Barrage Video (弹幕) and China’s “Empty Nest Youth”

Ideas are mysterious things. Sometimes the worst ones smell like solid gold, sometimes the profit-driving powerhouses masquerade as giant turds. Telling the difference, it seems, takes a certain measure of psychotic genius. Where, for example, is the hazy boundary of brilliance that separates the Slinky from, say, Picnic Pants? Maybe I just have no vision,…

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Mitigating Mistrust in Chinese eCommerce: Visual Indicators of Trustworthiness on B2C Platforms

Hoo! You remember back in 2005 when this was true? “The research findings show that consumer privacy protection, security control measurements, brand and size of the companies are most important factors, while consumer’s characteristics and perceived easiness of using the Web site that have no significant influences on consumer trust.” (The influenced factors to online…

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Taidu 态度

Taidu is one of several typefaces created by Hong Workshop out of Guangzhou. “Taidu” is the Chinese word for “Attitude”, an attribute this tight-packed heiti (sans-serif) carries a lot of. It was a bit difficult to choose from Hong’s typeface library, considering they’ve got some great stuff in there, like this psychedelic typeface Sifangge: And…

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fuck yeah, lens flare: theories on surrealism in chinese product imagery

I keep wanting to say something like “the mainland Chinese aesthetic tendency towards dreamlike product imagery is disappearing”, but the more I paw through the design galleries, the more I’m convinced that just isn’t true. All the single product landing pages, all the “editor’s choice” banner ad designs, all the ecommerce apps, many of them…

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Light App Design: Tencent Video Live Music Invite

This is a great example of beautiful lettering and modern design: talented illustrator Mr. Geng created some spiffy animated graphics for a beautiful HTML5 light app invitation by Tencent Video (腾讯视频) / QQ Music, promoting an upcoming Live Music event. For those of you who have WeChat or a QR scanner on your mobile device,…

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什么书 – What’s the Book?

I know, I know: this is mostly supposed to be an interactive design archive. But Jesus, there’s this gorgeous four-book project by Gong Xinyu at Noyau Design. Gong Xinyu’s idea involves an abstract four-book series, the first “The Family Register”, the second “Love Letters”, the third “Book of Blood” and the fourth “Posthumous Writings”. Check…

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