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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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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Hanyi Releases New Chinese Font “Banner Black”

Hanyi, one of China’s largest and most prestigious font foundries, recently announced the release of a new Neo-grotesque sans-serif, Banner Black (汉仪旗黑), touted as “a font that can breathe”. As translated from the Zcool release announcement, here are a few words on the design concept and background: “Hanyi Banner Black is a three-series font (long,…

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wechat: the little app that’s big in china

“Okay, well, talk soon. Yeah, Awesome, I will. Cool. See ya later. Yeah. yeah. Bye. Haha, totally. Right. Love you, too. Bye.” A few years ago the human race discovered it hates ending phone calls. Course, most of us only figured that out after avoiding it became a possibility. With email, SMS and social networks,…

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