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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Apple watch - Marc Newson and Jony Ive

Australian designer Marc Newson was front and centre with Jony Ive at the launch of the Apple watch in Cupertino. Apple co-founder Steve Wazniak was also close to the action to celebrate the dawn of the wearable era for Apple.


Jony Ive, Marc Newson and Steve Wazniak at the launch of the Apple watch.


Apple watch


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Monash University - Innovation in China

Monash Univeristy graduates deliver innovation in China.


Designed in China - Monash University

Master of Industrial Design students from the Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou) are currently exhibiting innovative prototypes of autonomous delivery robots and drones at the Suzhou campus. The exhibition of twenty nine graduate projects also includes C-Breeze a cloud based window air filtering and monitoring system, iBay-B an autonomous baby stroller and GEEN an interior screen and air filtering concept. 'The working prototypes and smart phone apps are outstanding outcomes from our double masters program with SouthEast University' said Ian Wong Program Director - Master of Industrial Design Monash Univeristy. "The design research conducted in China by the students focussed on innovation and new concepts designed in China.

The Master of Industrial Design is one of five programs currently offered at the Southeast Univeristy-Monash Univeristy Joint Graduate School (Suzhou).



Designed in China - C-Breeze innovative Window Air Purifier designed by Master of Industrial Design student Baoling Yang Snow.


Master of Industrial Design Graduate Exhibition - Suzhou China Sept 2014
iBay-B autonomous baby stroller designed by Ivy - Wenqian Sun


Designed in China - GEEN air purifying screens designed by Master of Industrial Design student Yunfei Long.


Designed in China - Drone delivery system designed by Master of Industrial Design student Zeming Hu Jack.




Dr Ethan Wang, Professor Xue Chenqu, Ian Wong, Andrew Wong, and Dr Wang Haiyan at the Master of Industrial Design Graduate Exhibition Suzhou China.

More MID Exhibition posts here.


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Designed in China - Autonomous logistic robot

Monash graduates deliver innovation in China.

Master of Industrial Design student Guo Feng - James designs a working prototype and smart phone app for an autonomous logistics robot. The growth of e-commerce and online purchases in China has led to an explosion in the delivery of small parcels direct to the individual.  

The autonomous logistics robot takes delivery at reception from the courier and then navigates internally in a building to your location.


Designed in China - Autonomous logistics robot designed by Master of Industrial Design student Guo Feng - James


Designed in China - Autonomous logistics robot designed by Master of Industrial Design student Guo Feng - James


Designed in China - Autonomous logistics robot designed by Master of Industrial Design student Guo Feng - James


Master of Industrial Design student Guo Feng - James demonstrates the working prototype robot and working smart phone app.


Testing the app coding.


Assembling and testing electronics.


Assembling the working prototype.


e-commerce explosion in China.


Master of Industrial Design student Guo Feng - James and Program Director Ian Wong from Monash University.

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


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More 2014 Major Projects here

Designed in China - C-Breeze innovative Window Air Purifier

Breathe is the topic chosen by Baoling Yang for her Master of Industrial Design major project

C-Breeze is an innovative Cloud controlled Solar powered Window Air Purifier system for the emerging smart home market. The app to drive the system was produced as a working prototype.


Designed in China - C-Breeze innovative Window Air Purifier designed by Master of Industrial Design student Baoling Yang Snow.

C-Breeze Window Air Purifier is an innovative window system with built in air purification. It ensures fresh air in every room as it purifies external polluted air before it enters the room, and releases anions and emits UV light to purify all existing room air. The exterior window surface is made of solar panels to convert solar energy to electricity and power the purifier. A number of hexagonal structural panels are glazed to let in sunlight. Six larger panels can rotate for ventilation and to allow for greater solar collecting efficiency. C-Breeze utilizes the innovative fan free ionic wind technology so it is whisper quiet when working. Users can control it by a keypad on the window frame or remotely by an app on the smartphone.


Exploded view c-Breeze Innovative Window Air Purifier system designed by Master of Industrial Design student Baoling Yang Snow.



Designed in China - C-Breeze Innovative Window Air Purifier designed by Master of Industrial Design student Baoling Yang Snow.




C-Breeze logo






Video link below. http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNzU5NDg2NTI4.html

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


学习工业设计。

More 2014 Major Projects here


Designed in China - Interactive social media bedside lamp


Designed in China - Interactive social media bedside lamp designed by Master of Industrial Design student Shuijing Cao


Concept sketches for interactive social media bedside lamp designed by Master of Industrial Design student Shuijing Cao

Inspiration image board for interactive social media bedside lamp designed by Master of Industrial Design student Shuijing Cao

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


学习工业设计。



Designed in China - Drone delivery system

Designed in China this innovative design service system operates as a community service to high rise communities in China. Like a flying mailbox the drone will deliver items from local retailers to apartments 24/7.  Medicine delivery in particular for the elderly or young parents would be a priority.


Designed in China - Drone delivery system designed by Master of Industrial Design student Zeming Hu Jack.



Designed in China - Drone delivery system designed by Master of Industrial Design student Zeming Hu Jack.



Concept sketches for drone delivery system designed by Master of Industrial Design student Zeming Hu Jack.


Concept sketches for drone delivery system designed by Master of Industrial Design student Zeming Hu Jack.

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


学习工业设计。


Designed in China - Air purifier


Designed in China - Air purifier designed by Master of Industrial Design student Sun Jun

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


学习工业设计。

More 2014 Major Projects here

Monday, 1 September 2014

Designed in China - Master of Industrial Design Suzhou China


Master of Industrial Design - MADA Monash Art Design & Architecture

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


学习工业设计。


Designed in China - GEEN air purifier screens Yunfei Long

Designed in China GEEN is an innovative air puriifier and screen.

The concept GEEN is pronounced like three Chinese words: 境 (view), 景 (scene), 净(clean). The word also looks like “GREEN” which is the key objective of this research project to improve air quality in China.


Design research for forms included studies of classical chinese gardens and architecture as well as chinese painting and calligraphy. The bonsai placed in the flowerpot and the air purifier incorporated would clean the interior air providing visual and physical comfort. This product can be placed both in commercial interiors like hotel lobbies or individuals’ apartments. 


Designed in China - GEEN air purifying screens designed by Master of Industrial Design student Yunfei Long.



Designed in China - GEEN air purifying screens designed by Master of Industrial Design student Yunfei Long.


Geen concept inspired by three chinese characters.


World famous Suzhou gardens visited as part of design research for Geen project


Designed in China - GEEN air purifying screens designed by Master of Industrial Design student Yunfei Long.

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


学习工业设计。

More 2014 Major Projects here

Designed in China - Innovative educational toy Kai Fang

Connectivity to parents for millions of 'left behind' children was the inspiration for an innovative cloud connected educational toy concept by Master of Industrial Design student Kai Fang.

The concept utilises popular voice recording features of cloud based social media apps like WeChat to allow parents to read stories and connect. Children can talk to the toy and leave messages for parents.


Designed in China - innovative cloud connected educational toy for rural chinese 'left behind' children designed by Master of Industrial Design student Kai Fang.

Rapid economic development throughout the world has caused a rich poor gap that has forced millions of workers to emigrate from the rural areas to the cities. This has created millions of children left behind in the rural areas under the care of relatives, mostly grandparents with little or no education, family friends, or having to take care of themselves. 


Often, the caretakers do not have the physical ability, financial means nor possess the knowledge needed to take care of these children. In China alone, there are 61 million children; 40% of these children are under age 5. 70% of these left behind children in China do not get to see their parents annually. 


Designed in China - innovative cloud connected educational toy for rural chinese 'left behind' children designed by Master of Industrial Design student Kai Fang.


Concept sketches for innovative cloud connected educational toy for rural chinese 'left behind' children designed by Master of Industrial Design student Kai Fang.


 Concept sketches for innovative cloud connected educational toy for rural chinese 'left behind' children designed by Master of Industrial Design student Kai Fang.



Concept sketches for innovative cloud connected educational toy for rural chinese 'left behind' children designed by Master of Industrial Design student Kai Fang.


Concept sketches for innovative cloud connected educational toy for rural chinese 'left behind' children designed by Master of Industrial Design student Kai Fang.

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


学习工业设计。

More 2014 Major Projects here

Monday, 25 August 2014

MadART Exhibition - Toyoto Community Spirit Gallery

The MadART exhibition is now on at the Toyoto Community Spirit Gallery in Port Melbourne.


MadART curator Ken Wong, Nick Hogios and Bernie Walsh.

The Toyota Community Spirit Gallery is located in Toyota Australia's corporate headquarters in Port Melbourne at 155 Bertie Street.

The gallery aims to provide space for artists, especially emerging artists to show their work. The gallery opened in July 2004 and runs a continuous program of exhibitions. The program is focused on local artists but also includes works by regional and interstate artists. Currently the works of more than 935 artists have been exhibitied. The space is provided free of charge to exhibiting artists, no commission is charged on sales and Toyota provides an exhibition launch and develops a catalogue for each exhibition.

gallery opening
Toyota is working with the Hobsons Bay City Council, City of Port Phillip on the Toyota Community Spirit project.

The Community Spirit Gallery is open to the public at Toyota Australia's Corporate Headquarters, 155 Bertie St, Port Melbourne Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (closed on public holidays).

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Beijing Design Week - Inaugural Australian delegation.

As part of the Australian Government’s ongoing promotion of Australian creative industries in China, the Australian Embassy in Beijing will be organising and funding a small delegation of Australian design professionals to attend the 2014 Beijing Design Week.


Beijing Design Week Australian delegation

The Embassy invites Australian design and architecture industry association representatives, individual practitioners, and design industry media to apply for a place in this inaugural Australian Design Industry Delegation to Beijing Design Week 2014, taking place during the period 26 September – 3 October, 2014.

The objectives of the Delegation are to:

Encourage greater institutional and person-to-person links between Australian and Chinese design and architecture associations and industries, and
Promote Australian design, architecture, creativity and urbanism in China.

Although the visit program will be finalised in coming weeks, it is intended that the Australian Design Industry Delegation to Beijing Design Week 2014 will feature a variety of activities to introduce delegation members to Beijing Design Week, fellow associations and practitioners in China, and other opportunities. The program will likely include a “highlights tour” of Beijing Design Week; “Australian Design in China” focused events, a design and architecture tour of Beijing, and networking opportunities.

The Embassy will fund travel to Beijing and accommodation for successful delegates. 

Specific eligibility and selection criteria apply. Interested applicants are encouraged to carefully read the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions, and submit their completed application form together with a current CV (including association, firm or organisation background where useful) to the Australian Embassy in Beijing by no later than midnight AEST, Sunday 10 August, 2014.

Enquiries should be directed to Hayley Ward, Senior Cultural Relations Officer, (Hayley.Ward@dfat.gov.au, +86-10-5140-4225); and Jennifer Mason, First Secretary, Public Affairs and Culture, Australian Embassy Beijing, (Jennifer.Mason@dfat.gov.au, +86-10-5140-4119).

More details please see full version of "Call for Applications- Australian Design Industry Delegation Beijing Design Week" (Word Document)
                                                       "Call for Applications- Australian Design Industry Delegation Beijing Design Week" (PDF Document)

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Knog - Industrial Design in China

Professor Xu Jiang was keen to visit the Knog studio in Richmond during his first trip to Melbourne. Knog and Catalyst Design Group directors Hugo Davidson and Malcolm McKechnie have supported studios at the Southeast University-Monash University Joint graduate School (Suzhou).


Professor Xu Jiang - Southeast University

Professor Xu Jiang - Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou)

Professor Xu Jiang form the industrial design program at the Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou) visited Melbourne for the first time over recent weeks.


Professor Xu Jiang and Ian Wong

Outerspace Design Group - Industrial Design in China

Industrial Design in China was the focus of discussions between lecturers from Suzhou and directors of Outerspace Design Group this week. Professor Xu Jiang was visiting Monash University in Melbourne for the first time in his role with the Industrial Design program at the Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). Medical innovation in China is a focus for the Master of Industrial design program in Suzhou.


Professor Xu Jiang and Ian Wong from Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou) with Outerspace Design Group directors Fred Bochlinger and mark Johnson.