Tuesday, 28 April 2009

chinese creative industry course


a super cute Chinese animation artist


Monday, 23 March 2009

List of design/art online communities


1, 有關介紹設計師的網頁;

2, 有關設計師的討論區或設計師的新聞區;








3, 有關T-shirt 的討論區或新聞區。






Monday, 16 March 2009

update-interesting new artists' sites

HK based artists network -which found by co-founders in Rotten Tomatoes which has been sold by million dollars in 2004, a popular film reviews site in UK

interesting art project introduced by SXSW¬
cited form the site "The idea for this site originally came out of my own list in my diary, under the very same title: Things I have learned in my life so far. Astonishingly, I have only learned twenty or so things so far. Over the last five years I did manage to publish these maxims all over the world, in spaces normally occupied by advertisements and promotions: as billboards, projections, light-boxes, magazine spreads, annual report covers, fashion brochures, and, recently, as giant inflatable monkeys.

So here I extend this same question to you:

What have you learned in your life so far? What is it that you are fairly sure about? What is it that you believe in by now?
Please do write it down beautifully. Design it digitally, photograph it, draw it, scan it and upload it. Use any media that works for you, paint, sculpture, film…."

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Hats by Stephen Jones at V and A

Today, I read http://dianepernet.typepad.com/diane/.Diane mentioned about HATS An Anthology by Stephen Jones opens at the VandA. Diane Pernet is a influential fashion blogger.
I am not a big fan of fashion, but I am a big friend of hats~
There is a hats exhibition opens in Vand A museum...What a shame I m in China now. Otherwise it would be a must do thing in this month.

more detail about Hats and anthology http://www.vam.ac.uk/microsites/hats-anthology/

P.S Diane's blog is a good blog which the fashionable guys should follow~

Monday, 16 February 2009

Unspoken rule for successful in art and design

There are always some unspoken rules for success in some area. 101 UNSPOKEN RULES FOR SUCCESS claims out 101 unspoken rules in PR arena.

I think there is also a unspoken rule for successful in art and design marketing: networking. Connecting hubs as more as you can. Please not only just work hard on your works, but also work hard on connecting.

Connect the appropriate influential hub--One of Chinese art collectors told me, some of artists always gift him some paintings. The reason why the artists give their works to him is because after gifting him art work, the artist might advertise he/she "xxx collected my art work". The art collector told me that would be a pretty influential advertising in industry, once a famous collectors collect the artist art work, the price of his/her work would be rise immediately.
In fashion industry, alike, once a celebrity wears one fashion designer's clothes, the designer would become famous.

Therefore, my dear talent artists and designers, you should proud of your talent, you should work hard on your work, but please don't ignore to develop your connection with the hubs in your industry.
Marketing your genius via your appropriate hubs would be the efficient way to exposure your talent to the world.

My dear artist and designers, please don't be shame to go to some industrial authorities and say hello to them. Some artists always complained that how they can know some influential person. Actually it won't be that difficult.
In short, 1,exposure your talent before media-(take part of some competitions, join some online/off line social network)
2.find out the hubs in the networks, talk to hub person what you want and what you have-don't be shy!

But meanwhile you have to make sure your ability is good enough! It is the precondition of what I talked above
Good luck ¬I will going to analysis some list of networks for art and design sooner.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

About Michael Peters

Michael, an LCC alumnus, is one of the most celebrated and influential designers in the world. He has pioneered a deep personal commitment to spreading understanding of design as an essential element of business success. Still actively working in the fields of graphics and branding, Michael Peters is an inextricable component of the history of commercial design and fast becoming a legend. Last term he delivered a hugely successful Creative Lives – Creative Partners session where we ran out of time to deal with all the questions. Michael has very kindly offered to come back to do this follow-up session, so don’t miss this extra chance to meet him, and also to get special price signed copies of his book Yes Logo - 40 years of Branding and Design.

Friday, 6 February 2009

job interview ended up with awesome great fine chinese painting

Today, it supposed to be a job interview day...(Yap, I m looking for a job to make some money that I can make my India trip¬)

The opening is looking for a secretary, not what I expect and I don't have any experience of being a assistant, moreover,the working venue is in a *red light area* city, but the payment is quite good and the company doing something seems quite stable and prospectively well, therefore, I still decided to go for it.

The smart boss just glanced on my CV and talked to me for a few sentences, then I think he noticed that I am not a good secretary, hah... but he seems quite interested in my experience of art...then we begun to talk about art almost for the whole afternoon¬ hah¬¬
I impressed of collection and the standard of his collection! He got more than 200 paintings from the top Chinese painting authorities¬ coolio!!!
and he showed me around 10 favorites of collection, eg: Yong Lin, Wanghuang Sheng, Ziwu Wang etc.

Super cool, he's collection are super amazing, what he collect is not only just paintings from great artist, but also great works of the artist(u know, some time, the great artist not always can make great works, however, he just collects great works)

Such an awesome day. saw quite a lot of awesome works which cannot easily to see in public!

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Interview of Michael Peters

Transcription of the interview with Michael Peters
Date: 4-Dec- 2008
Interviewer: Kelly Mai
Interviewee: Michael Pethers

Kelly: How many people in your company now?
Michael: We are starting new, so begin just with 3 people. But we will grow.
K: Last time you talking about you prefer the small company, small size. What do you mean by small? And how many people you prefer in a small company?
M: well, because it is very hard to tell, in my concern no more than 6 to 8 people in a company.
K: why?
M: Because in the time now, our clients now really want to talk to experienced people, they don’t want layers of management. They want to work around the kitchen table. For example, clients come here; we actually go downstairs and work around the table. So my idea is we should not have pressure in the west end of London. We don’t need fancy office any more. We just need to work in what clients’ interest in. We have big enough reputation already with track record to help us to do that. And I believe the big branding company’s dead day is coming soon. And I m only interested in the company allow us to do the very creative works, and help them to grow their businesses. And that’s why would like to my clients come and work with me or my senior colleagues.
K: I saw u did some work with big company, like W+K,
M: We are not big advertising agency, remember, we are in the world of branding and design. Big advertising agency they do need to be big to help their clients work worldwide. But they need to employ somebody or hire somebody like us to help, because we are specialized.
K: how do you market your company to you that kind of big company? Like W+K that kind of advertising agency.
M: I m not particularly interested in working with the big advertising agency. Let me say, advertising agency are interested in working together with us. Because we start the processes, and then advertising agencies are follow. But increasingly, what our clients are looking to do is to ask artist to create the advertising, and find a cheaper way to get the advertising into the worldwide market. The advertising agency used to be the strongest part of client communication. Now the brand consultancies become the strongest part. It starts small groups of people to help with, whether you are Ford whether u are Uniliver. Clients need to buy experiences and skill. We have a big job. We create the basic idea. But we actually employ outside to help worldwide is necessary. We have to go to a virtual agency, which means we are bring in the people have specific skills to help our clients on work, you can expect to get one skill all the skills in one organization for every client.
K: so you have a lot of connections?
M: I have a lot of connections all over the world. For example I might have a project I may want to bring a Brazilian designer in. he could work with me virtually. We are working in a virtual work. I think bring the right people to help us.
K: Can I know how long have you run this company?
M: This is brand new, today is the first day. I have been in to this area for 40 years. So we bring in all the experience in to now Michael Peters and Partners.
K: So how was your previous company, how many people in your pervious company?
M: Identica, there was 150 people in Identica. Now not anymore, Identica I think it is very small now. Identica must be 15 to 20 people now. Before Michael Peters Group, which was 800 people worldwide, we were the biggest branding and design company in the world. We were public company then. So from the very very large to the very small now. That’s the way I see my business going in the future. I don’t want the large one, branding company should be very small.
K: what do you think about the advantage and disadvantages of small company?
M: Small is the first of all is much more controllable. Is much more fun, is much more exciting. With the large company, you have to find work to keep people satisfy. And today it is not the way I want to work personally. There are obviously others want to grow big companies. But I don’t want to do that. I believe what clients want is to come to a place like this, or a small office, they will get into their future. They want to come and work directly with us. they want to small companies, they don’t want big companies any more. Too expensive. You are paying for layers of layers layers management you don’t need.
I started from small, became into big, but now small. But I am very happy about that. When I started, I stared small, just me, but now I have reputations.
Now I very keen to work with company who want to do very creative and exciting works, and allow us to do very creative works. And people who come to us, because we are doing creative and exciting works.
K: Do you think you company is a personal brand or a company’s brand.
M: a personal brand.
K: so do you think the small businesses should treat them as a personal brand?
M: I think small businesses should be personal brand anyway. Let’s say virgin, it is Richard Branson’s brand, he is a great entrepreneur. If you look at the people who come to us, because of my reputation and experience of creative work, so it is all about personal brand. But what comes first is not personal, is what I offer can make my client to be successful.
K: so in the beginning when u just start, how you market yourself.
M: in that time I just keep to see people and persuade them. I am a good sales-man. So I persuaded people to give me work. In creative business, you need creativity, sense of business, sales skills. I am not just a designer. My team is not just designer, we have board skills.
K: how do you think about the Internet can help your business?
M: I am great believed that the Internet is the future driver of brands. I absolutely agree with that. It is not a virtual idea. What I am going to do is building the reputation online. It is the easier and faster way to do it. For me, the Internet is the most exciting medium. I want to ask people to be a part of that.
It is too early in the way what we are doing and what will we go to do, but I will use all available gateways to help us to grow our businesses, which is Facebook, MySpace whatever might be. Use the internet to build the client’s brand.
K: do you have any suggestion for if someone wants to start a new design company?
M: Look, first of all I think. What is important, first of all is the people have to decide what they want to achieve, if they are designers, they have to ask themselves whether they are professional designers and how they can move on accordingly. I believe that today we live in a very very tabular time, not only economically but also politically and socially, therefore, we have to do business through creative eyes, we are going to make our clients a lot of money. I like the link between creativity and commerce, as I said in the speech in LCC (London College of Communication) the link between creativity and commerce is key to me, but I can speak to everybody, for me, that’s my philosophy. For me doing the best creative work, is using the digital interface is one way to communicating and in storing clients’ businesses, and making sure the clients make money for what we do, it is what I actually want to be. That’s my philosophy
K: do you think the network is it important for small businesses?
M: of course, it is like any businesses. It is like a shop, if you don't have networks, there are no people to come to buy your clothes, you don't have business. Networking is the key. Building reputation is the key too. When you start, it is very tough, start small, do great work and gets reputation by doing great works, and you clients will come to you.

Monday, 12 January 2009

design associastion