I like: double-hinged car doors

MINI have designed a concept car angled towards the urban market and wanted to get the car back to its roots in terms of Sir Alec Issigonis’ original design specification over five decades ago.
double-hinged doors by MINI
Materials and manufacturing processes have moved on, so the double-hinge makes more today than it would have done first time around. You can find out more about the MINI Rocketman concept here.

I like: Cape Verde Session by Danny Briottet

I was looking for Renegade Soundwave (by Renegade Soundwave) to kick out a link on my Twitter feed when I came across this gem from former RSW member Danny Briottet on his own YouTube channel.

Enjoy the vibes.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Brand building and social media—the silo crisis just got worse | Aaker on Brands – Aaker nails some of the most vexing aspects of social media in this post

Internet wishlist – good starting point for start-ups looking for a purpose

Jag35.com – with the rise of DSLRs as movie cameras has come kit to make them easier to handle like a movie camera

COSINE|コサイン – amazingly simple furniture design (Japanese language only)

How Apple Dodged a Sun Buyout: Former CEOs McNealy, Zander Tell All – IT Infrastructure – News & Reviews – eWeek.com – the more interesting stuff is about Solaris adoption and the surprise of Java taking off as a web language

collaRge.designs – handy for pitches

pingboard – Project Hosting on Google Code – pretty darned handy

Branded outlets move in – but interestingly not into Guangdong province presumably because consumers can go south to Hong Kong instead?

Groupbuying: mechanics, economics and why it goes wrong – China Daily did this great article explaining group buying schemes in China, but works equally well for schemes in the UK, US

Inquisitiveness the mother of innovation – China starting to think about how to better foster innovation and invention in students

Share your tips and tricks | ClueDB.com – looks as if it could do for tips what Quora did for questions

MacBook Pro 15″ Unibody Early 2011 Teardown – iFixit – is it just me or are you underwhelmed by Thunderbolt

UK ‘needs plan B’ for internet piracy | bit-tech.net – discussions that put the onus of proof back on the media companies

Use It Up, Wear It Out – Consumers Hold On to Stuff Longer – NYTimes.com – fighting designed obsolescence

Yamagirl.net – a community site for the latest Japanese style trend: yamagaaru – mountain-loving girls. Basically fashion influenced by technical clothing. There have been lots of Japanese technical wear brands like White Mountaineering and Burtons collaboration with Hiroshi Fujiwara iDiom so it was no surprise that it extended into women’s style

Fashion Insight – handy research resource for fashion PR

swissmiss | 10 Lessons for young designers – applies to social media | digital just as well

Intel’s Thunderbolt to Strike at Media Transfer: Tech News and Analysis « – power, data, display

Wordlings – like Wordle but room for more creativity

What Data-Mining Apple, Google and Microsoft’s PR Reveals

The 10 Most Profitable Tech Companies In The World – OMG

Porn studio’s antipiracy plan rejects mass lawsuits | Media Maverick – CNET News – taking the iTunes approach to content pricing to make piracy less attractive and not getting bad karma from lawsuits

just ping – Online web-based ping: Free online ping from 50 locations worldwide

Disney Acquires Social Network For Kids Togetherville – seems to be the next step up age-wise from Club Penguin

Odd process design

I got a package from Germany the other day, here’s a picture of it.
Mystery package
The little sparkle of colour is a DHL hologram, whilst the rest of the box is emblazoned with Deutsche Post. Surely I should be able to tell that the service is DHL by the performance rather than a brandmark technique which hints that there maybe unscrupulous counterfeit service providers out there?

The folly of technology co-marketing budgets

One the the things I used to hate about technology marketing is that it was so predictable with speeds, feeds, a price and with an inane marketing line that actually means nothing and doesn’t give the consumer a compelling reason to purchase the product in the first place.
The problem with Android
Whilst it might be the post-PC era, thankfully speeds and feeds are now missing; its disappointing to see that the worst practice in technology marketing continues to live on selling mobile handsets.

Selling China to the world

An advert was commissioned by the Chinese government from a Shanghai-based agency to promote China in advance of President Hu’s visit to the US. The problem was that the video didn’t resonate all that well with western audience;  maybe it was the agency, maybe it was the brief or maybe it was time constraints and the need to do something.

EF, the language school commissioned this much more personal portrait of China as way of selling the country as a destination for language students and I think it is much more successful since it shows Chinese humanity rather than a litany of facts. The agency Camp David have made a great video that is not only an ambassador for EF but China, they managed to give Beijing the appeal of Paris.

EF – Live The Language – Beijing from Albin Holmqvist on Vimeo.

Hat tip to Shanghaist

Links of the day | 在网上找到

55tvc | 55factory – London fashion week videos

NASA Spinoff homepage – aside from dried ice cream candy and Fisher space pens, what has the NASA space programme ever done for us? Find out here, way cool

Archbishop Martin: Church in Ireland on brink of collapse | Irish Examiner – interesting social change going on

FT.com | Inside Business – Stigma of failure holds back Japan start-ups – (paywall) interesting article, completely at odds to what I would have thought given the stories about the founding of Honda and Sony – huge risk taking classic start-up archetypes a la Hewlett-Packard or Apple

Twitter users entice firm to Ireland | Irish Examiner – interesting grassroots approach to something that government agencies have usually championed

The Republic – Why Asian firms are wary of social media – risk of losing face, hierarchy affects decision-making adversely

The UX of Data | UX Magazine – What anytime, anywhere access to data means for interaction design via Stella Wong

What’s Your Tribe? – I seem to remember this was used to highlight the deficiencies of marketing segmentation but all I can find online is Seth bloody Godin’s prognostications

First details of Commission data protection action against UK are revealed | Pinsent Masons LLP – interesting that the UK laws are narrower and more in the interests of the data holder

Netimperative | global data on youth smartphone ownership – interesting that Italy ranks so highly

Goldman Sachs Pumps A Whopping $70M Into Virtualization Company AppSense – frak me, I met these guys when they were based out of an office in Warrington

China To Fund $2.6 Billion, Build Sprawling Resort In Bahamas « Jing Daily – interesting move. The Bahamas also has a thriving financial centre

Ralph Lauren Latest To Debut “Neo-Chinoiserie” Collection; Will Chinese Shoppers Care? « Jing Daily – people don’t like being played

Blogging is fragmenting into multi-platform content creation – long live blogging! | Trends in the Living Networks – blogging has growth in short-form tools like Tumblr & Twitter

A Data Dystopia and a Lack of Women Haunt SXSW: Tech News and Analysis « – interesting the way web of data has started to mature on the social aspect of things. Mainly because people like Facebook have been so kack handed and evil about things

China Launches New Censored Search Engine To Compete With Baidu – did a quick unscientific trial of my own name: index seems small, page load time was pretty slow. It will be interesting to see how they progress, but I don’t think Baidu has too much to worry about yet

HP warns consumer PC sales may slip in 2011 | VentureBeat – not sure if this is tablets or double-dip sentiment

What happens after Yahoo acquires you – (37signals) – basically don’t trust them or don’t get handcuffed in the contract and leave and do something productive like sit on a beach for 6 months

State of the social web | 在线消费者行为

Some interesting data from this social media week presentation, particularly when you get to contrast the differences between international markets within Europe and in East Asia.

Blogging has become much maligned in the UK and Western Europe, but is still driving social interaction and information discovery through search.

I like: Haneda airport

Tokyo’s Haneda airport has had a makeover and will be coming back online for international travel. One thing I like that they have managed to do during the makeover is mix old Edo-era design with the modern airport environment.
Saying that it would be nice to see Heathrow airport (particularly terminals one and three) looking clean and modern. Ok, just clean.

Unfortunately it wasn’t real: Justin Bieber going down in a hail of bullets

Justin Bieber didn’t go all OJ Simpson, but instead was a guest star on CSI.

It was an interesting career move that could have alienated his tween audience.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

SWISS Blog – done brilliantly. I love the flight attendant guide to cities

Joel Lo: Hong Kong is not a shopper’s paradise | CNNGo.com – for Hong Kong, you could substitute London and this would increasingly accurate. When I think about how bland Covent Garden and Soho in particular has become over the past five-to-ten years or so

PSFK » frog design: Designing For A User-Hijacked World – so is there an opportunity to sell control back to corporates and the man?

Agencies making digital products should co-create with customers « BBH Labs – funnily enough this is something that Sense Worldwide have been advocating for a while

Alibaba And The Curse Of Chinese Manufacturing – this makes interesting reading, but beware it’s designed to be link bait and consequently pretty provocative in tone

Asiajin » Japan’s Book Publishers Decide To Go With EPUB Standard – interesting move in standardisation for ebooks

Microsoft likens China market to ‘Wild West’ | SCMP.com“Multinational corporations lack the agility to make quick decisions that are necessary in the Chinese market”

Google Person Finder: Christchurch Earthquake, February 2011 – amazingly quick deployment of a service

Inside Sina Weibo: China’s (Much Better) Version Of Twitter – great presentation on Weibo (pronounced wee brawh) in line with my own take here, you can follow me on Weibo: renaissancechambara

TAT co-founder on how technology turns us all into replicants | VentureBeat – interesting take on user experience by The Astonishing Tribe

Tyler Cowen’s Great Stagnation: The middle class is doomed. – Slate Magazine – and that’s just the case in the US

Scatter/Gather: a Razorfish blog – content strategy, pop culture and human behavior

YouTube UK Blog: Creative Use Of YouTube: Burberry Presents… – really?

Tina Brown’s Quiet Restart of Newsweek – NYTimes.com – life is less glamorous in the modern media industry

The Story Beyond The Still on Vimeo – Canon competition. Really nicely targeted online competition garnering great content

Beet.TV: A Canon Still Camera is a “Game Changer” for Video Journalism, the AP’s Kevin Roach – the EOS 5D Mark II has been used for short films and music videos. I didn’t realise til now it was doing video for news gathering services. Digital movie camera maker RED has gone the other way and allowed cinematographers to use Nikon camera lens

IPad and Other Tablets Make Push Into Corporate World – NYTimes.com“Of course, I still have a PC,” Mr. Benioff said. “But I am using it less and less and I am using my iPad more.” He called 2011 “the year of the tablet” and added: “If you call me next year, I will say it is also the year of the tablet. And if you call me in 2013, I’ll tell you it’s going to be the year of the tablet.” Of course, I could be cynical (but probably right) and say this is because the productivity argument of enterprise software and PCs is tapped out

2010 Global Brand Simplicity Index: United Kingdom | Siegel+Gale – quite a nice downloadable whitepaper

The one big reason why iPad rivals can’t compete on price | TechRepublic – interesting take on things. Distribution channel ownership is key

The REAL Death Of The Music Industry – interesting data points. It’s still about chronic mismanagement and failing to provide the kind of content that consumers wanted in the format that they wanted it in

Please Take Accountability For Your Social Media Experience | WebProNews – but will people act in a mature manner?

Two Great Twitter Visualization Tools: Twiangulate & MentionMap « Affiliate Marketing Blog by Geno Prussakov – really interesting looking tools that I need to look at in more depth

Alibaba.com CEO Resigns Over Fraud – WSJ.com – board members forced out by user fraud

Asiajin » “I’m A Russian-Japanese.” – Facebook Beset On Japanese Nickname Judgement – Facebook fascism facing heroic resistance from Japanese early adopters

I, Cringely » Blog Archive » The click of death – Cringely on technology – Bob Cringely on the human effect of disintermediation. I fear that we will all end up like the punchline of the Bill Hicks sketch exhorting marketers to kill themselves because “They know price of everything and the value of nothing

I like: Acronym | ACRNM | 产品设计

Acronym are a European design house hailing from Germany who make technical clothes drawing influences from military ware a la Triple Aught Designs and Mystery Ranch through to cyber culture. They partner with the best people in a particular sector to make products; so their bags are made with messenger bag makers Bag Jack in a similar way to the way the likes of W-TAPS and Neighborhood operate.

Having much more of a focus on function, they always come up with an interesting take on things. In some ways, their work reminds me of the late great Massimo Osti; in terms of their experimental approach to materials choice and focus on functional performance.

S-J7 from ACRNM on Vimeo.

Exploring the Acronym site the short films that they make to my attention which gives context to some of their products.

SEO Rapper on social media marketing

His video on Page Rank got a lot of link love a year or so ago. Now Mo Serious is back with a rap about social media marketing. With the exception of delicious, this is pretty much on the money.

Social media measurement | 网络营销测量

The IAB have tapped up some of the great and the good of the social media industry to look carefully at social media measurement, you can find the site here: IAB social site. As attendees of Will McInnesMeasurementCamp would expect there is no silver bullet, but then there never has been with a lot of marketing disciplines anyway.

Instead they have provided a collection of smart questions to shape the thinking right at the beginning of a campaign so that measurement can be baked in.