May 06, 2005
Middle Kingdom of Design?
Get It Louder commercial by Ou Ning and Cao Fe
Get It Louder, China's first curated design event takes place across three cities (Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai) among several venues from April through June.
I wrote earlier last month of the increasing sophistication of Thai design (Thaipography and Playground) . It seems that China has the one-up. Check out the website and a first-hand account of the festival on Design Observer.
I have discussed with colleagues here in Saigon the possibility of curating a contemporary typography exhibition here, showcasing work both produced locally and award-winning international work. We could also provide a forum where designers can discuss specific problems related to design in Vietnam, for example, Vietnamese typeface design.
Here's an excerpt from Rick Poyner's account of the ongoing event in China:
More interesting was the work that seemed to have something to say about China today and where it stands in relation to its past. A set of skateboards was decorated with images of smiling workers and the slogan “The People’s Republic of Skateboarding”. A T-shirt by a designer based in Shanghai bore the legend “Worker, Peasant and Soldier” (in English) next to a drawing of the trio. The worker and the peasant appeared to be kissing, which would never have happened under Chairman Mao, while the soldier looked the other way.
Posted by rst at May 6, 2005 12:23 PM
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