Brian Tam，一个美国华裔在上海创立了一家很有意思，专注于 “creativity” 的 agency，名叫 “Let’s Make Great!” 。他在创办这家 agency 之前也是每两年多就换一次工作，直到他觉知到自己的pattern, 于是停下来认真思考了一下自己的初衷，慢慢的开始走上了现在创业的道路。
一咖一坐，已成为Brian的社交日常。他喜欢经常与新的contact相约喝一杯咖啡，随便聊聊生活、工作以及有趣的事情。他说这样可以结交到新的朋友，合作伙伴，以及找到潜在客户，并且了解到不同人的故事。去年的时候我们约了杯咖啡，并告知了自己的状态欠佳， “right now I don’t know what I am doing”。他却说 “I don’t know what I am doing“ 是他的人生信条之一, 正因为“不知”，而保持一个更加开放的心态，这样才可以更好的去接收信息，得到启发，做出更好的创意来解决问题。“I want to be an inexpert expert“，Brian笑着说，边学边做，在不确定中前行，embrace the uncertainty!
Change job, change career, change living location… Looking for the change in uncertainty is a lifelong mission.
Brian Tam, an American Chinese in Shanghai, started a creativity agency called “Let’s Make Great!”. Before he went ahead on the path of entrepreneurship, he also went through a period of time of uncertainty until he found some time to look into his initial intention – combine creativity and business together.
“A bag is a portable container, everyone has different taste or demand, or simply a brand preference. You have a special relationship with your bag, it is part of your personality but still exist independently. For me, it is the language in which I express my attitudes and aesthetics. “
Xin Zhao, an independent bag designer in Shanghai (people also call her “Xinxin“), shared some of her thinking with me in her studio.
Seine used to be a graphic designer, her role was more involved in finding visual solutions for various commercial use. After years of working in front of a computer, she decided to take a break and adjust her career direction. After trying out a floral design class, she felt she should keep on learning it. Now she already obtained a teaching certificate from Japan and started her floral teaching career in J-Flower Shanghai.
From football player to referee, from sport journalist to interaction designer, Franco Papeschi’s role has shifted several times in his professional career life, finally he settled down in user experience (UX) design applying his skills on the things that make people’s life easier and better. Italy, England and Netherlands, he has changed his working field in different countries, but it is not enough, he also went to work for an NGO in Africa trying to improve local people’s life through approachable technology and possible services together with local start-ups. In 2014, Franco and his wife moved to Shanghai by EF – Education First‘s invitation, started working as Director of Experience Design for them, designing digital services to help people who wants to learn a new language.
Xinle Lu (Road) is a famous shopping street in Shanghai, but the “XINLELU.COM” we talk about here has nothing to do with that street, it is actually an innovative fashion retailer based in Shanghai. Yilei, a Shanghai girl with big dreams, is the founder and leader of this interesting venture.
This time I came to visit the design research expert Zhihui Shi’s home in Shanghai with extra excitement. Extra excitement is because I am really fascinated by design research and I know how much fun it is to be a nerdy researcher to find out insights that can help making impact on people’s life.
Nusa Penida is a small island right next to Bali main island on the south-east side. Most of the tourists would just come here to enjoy the water sports, but the island itself has been largely overlooked. Lonely Planet says “It’s an untrammelled place that answers the question: what would Bali be like if tourists never came? ” There are not much details you will find on travel books about Penida’s sights or activities, and it doesn’t really have any formal sights or tourism infrastructure. But it is a good thing we thought, we like place that is untouristed. So we came and it all turned out great at the end, this island is full of surprises and awaits for discovery.
Have you ever daydreamed about moving to a tropical island to live? Mia Chow didn’t just day-dream about it, she made it all happen for real.
“I enjoy every moment of it.” Mia replied to my question of “how’s life in Bali?” when I first met her in Ubud.
Mia Chow, a Shanghai girl in her early 20s, is living in Ubud Bali for one year already. After graduation, she has tried exploring her career interests in magazine editing, fashion styling and graphic design. Last year she went to Bali for short holiday and fell in love with this magical island immediately.