甦 A Life Alive

I might have peed my pants a little: I want to lay on a giant pile of these products and collateral and roll around in it until it makes me beautiful. Created by Guangzhou-based designer Kuhn Rae, this collateral includes heat-sensitive paper that changes color when touched, a potent and wonderfully-executed reminder that we all…

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Papercut Concept

Loving this playpen smartphone landing screen concept by zoe020288, selected as an Editor’s Choice on zCool. The first screen places time, day, weather and in the top right-hand corner. The following screens show alternature versions. This style is reminiscent of traditional Chinese paper cutting, an art form with centuries of history.

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The Six Robberies: CNY 2015

It’s that season: Each Chinese New Year, countless millions of city residents head back home for the holidays, and the seasonal marketing campaigns begin. This one is great (and currently much-discussed) mobile ad from Alipay (Chinese name Zhifubao, China’s Paypal equivalent) outlining the very relatble “Six Great Robberies” of visiting with family during CNY. “Why…

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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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Words can be Weapons

Sponsored by the Center for Psychological Research in Shenyang to shine a spotlight on the long-term effects of gnarly words directed at children, Wordscanbeweapons.com is a killer concept executed by the Beijing branch of Ogilvy & Mather. As you scroll down the page, meany-pants Chinese phrases morph into metallic weaponry, and the sequence wraps with…

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Watermelon Sushi

Ruolan Xia, multi-disciplinary design student at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, is one of my favorite up-and-coming Chinese designers on Behance, with a sweet student project portfolio. ‘Watermelon Sushi‘ is a visual concept for a simple design department recruitment campaign brochure and concept. The crowning glory: An optometrist’s eye chart featuring the Chinese word for “Reality”…

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Walnuts from the Wayback “原品·树”

Swish, baby: these luxury walnuts are harvested from trees that first took root in 1610 during the reign of emperor Wan Li of the Ming Dynasty. This is an excellent example of “primordial” style design and branding often associated with luxury goods in China, where purity, simplicity, rough wood, “rice whites”, water droplets and bamboo/foliage…

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Portfolio Focus: Hellocean 你好大海

Based out of Zhengzhou, branding firm Hellocean (你好大海) recently nailed a top spot on Zcool’s featured list with their brand development for Zhua Fan’er, an upcoming fingerfood eatery whose name is a play on the Chinese words for both “Grab Rice” and “Rock an Attitude”. Hellocean’s portfolio is full of similarly well-balanced cleverness, particularly notable…

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Green Honey

I don’t usually post stuff that’s not from mainland China, but this is kinda cross-water since creator and Data Viz dude Muyueh Lee teaches in Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei. Plus, Muyueh’s cross-cultural color comparative visualization, using the D3.js library, is just plain way too badass to pass over. “I was wondering how language differs…

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Tribe Organic

Big branding success by Shift Partners as they Beijing’s newest healthy cafe-eatery deal near San Li Tun, Tribe Organic. “Fresh as F*ck” indeed. (Picture by LumDimSum.com) (Picture by SmartBeijing.com)

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Chinese Holiday GIFS

Christmas design – yawn. I just landed on these spiffy GIFS created by Beijing data visualization shop LXU, who’s done pollution-viz-mapping-whatever work for local branches of Greenpeace, and who is churning out some neat experimental projects every so often. I went to North Korea last year, and it occurred to me at some point during…

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Spoonful of Sugar

Gorgeous branding work for indie cafe Spoonful of Sugar (壹勺子糖) based in Dashilar, Beijing’s neo-design district. Branding was done by creative agency Jellymon. All photos from the Spoonful of Sugar Instagram feed.

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Exploring Moon Bear

Oh-ho! At long last, a Chinese site takes home an Awwward, and deservedly so. Produced by Beijing-based firm Logicdesign, Exploring Moon Bear was released as part of an AAF (Animals Asia) initiative to raise awareness about Moon Bear protection, and the exploitation of Moon Bears for their bile, currently used as a component of some…

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XiGua Zodiac Animals

A concept created by the Beijing branch of Amsterdam design firm Lava, these custom-made, typography-based zodiac animals were creatively folded into their client’s VI. In Lava Beijing’s own words: “For our Chinese client Xi Gua 喜瓜, online shopping platform, we’ve incorporated all 12 Chinese zodiac animals into their new identity. While working on the new…

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Concrete Flux 流泥

Created by Beijing-based freelance designer Solveig Seuss, Concrete Flux is “a multi-media, multi-disciplinary online journal which takes as its subject matter China’s hyper-fast emerging urban spaces, their meaning and one’s everyday experiences of them.” With the recent release of its first issue online an in print (read it!), Concrete Flux hopes to act as a…

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