Tuesday, March 11, 2014
To me what I saw before me was a packaged bowl, plate, etc in some plastic wrap.
This process involves:
Opening the plastic wrap
Pouring tea into the ceramic mug
Pouring the tea into the bowl
Wetting chopsticks with tea in bowl using your spoon
Pouring this tea across your plate into a communal bowl.
I thought it was a little odd, but just accepted it as one of those things that was so incredibly different about china. I was told 'Nobody trusts the packaged equipment'
This really made me think. Why do no locals trust a process that is created especially to increase hygiene levels? The restaurants are outsourcing their washing up to other companies - and surely - this cannot be for economic reasons, I have been told that it encourages people to eat in restaurants with 'clean' dishes
The plates, when dirty are transported to a facility where they are washed on an industrial scale and supplied back to the restaurants in a plastic packaging.
Many of these bowls and plates have signs of being used, chips or scratches.
But knowing this it really made me think 'Why do people just not trust this process' That was before I found bits of food in my cup or in my bowl. After experiencing this, of course I ensure to wash my bowl correctly.
I recently went on a business trip to the province of Zhejiang. After halfway through the washing process whilst having lunch, I asked the locals for a bowl. They bought me out a small bowl. A little confused by this I asked about why they didn't have a large bowl and embarrassingly found out that they do not wash their bowls and didn't understand why I was doing it.
So why is it only Guangdong province? Are the locals here more cautious? Or is there reason behind?
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Creative minds need feeding. We need to be surrounded by things around us that provoke thought, stir interest, make us question things. Designers keep up to date with design news not just because it interests them but because it opens their mind to new options and possibilities.
People should be influencing each other by bouncing to and fro with ideas. We know this all too well in our design team when we bounce off each others creative ideas when brainstorming
We are always inspired by what we see around us. Drawing together our professional experience in design and our interesting chinese surroundings we always have a fresh take on things.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
|Old Office space to new Office space|
Having packed up all our pantone guides, shifted our mindsparkz designed desks and moved our favourite coffee mugs we are finally settled in our new gigantic office.
Having a larger space means more room for brainstorming, groupwork and sketching. We finally have more room to arrange our numerous amounts of colored pencils and sketchpads
The process of moving all our office furniture, our computers and all our samples was difficult. With the help of some mover men who were able to balance our massive desks on their backs and do the heavy lifting we were moved in and settled with the internet up and running in several hours. (Dont worry - we packed up our little fishes too for the new office)
We now have the luxury of having meeting rooms, more storerooms, a kitchen, and two outdoor patio areas. Soon we will have offices and a large design area where we can really get our ideas going.
When summer comes round our open plan office will be looking great with the open patio areas
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