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Kia Seeks World Domination

Kia, no longer content to occupy the second tier among carmakers, yesterday held a virtual press conference to announce their plans for world domination. Dropping Motors America from their name was the first indicator, as the company now known as just Kia moves forward. We reported the other day on Kia’s new logo, a bold […] The post Kia Seeks World Domination appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Marketing, Global, Electric Vehicles, Korea, Autos, Kia, Korean, Branding, Kia Motors America, News Blog, World Domination, Dropping Motors America


Kia Carnival Sails to the U.S. this Summer

The Kia Carnival will arrive on our shores sometime this summer as a 2022 model, according to a story this morning from Autoblog. As we posted back in June, Kia is positioning it as a grand utility vehicle (GUV), lest you think it’s merely another minivan. How or why a stigma is attached to minivans […] The post Kia Carnival Sails to the U.S. this Summer appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Korea, Autos, Kia, New Cars, Minivan, Vans, News Blog, Kia Carnival, Conventional Drivetrain, Gas Engine, Kia Carnival Sails


Kia Reveals its New Logo

Kia revealed its new logo and brand slogan while you were asleep last night, signifying the Korean automaker’s ambitions to become a leader in the industry by revamping nearly all facets of its business. Kia developed the new logo to resemble a handwritten signature, a striking departure from the oval used since its inception in […] The post Kia Reveals its New Logo appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Asia, Design, Media, Imessage, Advertising, Global, Sales, Events, Korea, Autos, Sales And Marketing, Kia, Korean, Branding, New Logo, News Blog


The Joy of Watching Old, Damaged Things Get Restored: Why the World is Captivated by Restoration Videos

The internet has given us a few new ways to watch things, but many more new things to watch. It's not just that we now tune in to our favorite shows online rather than on television, but that our "favorite shows" have assumed forms we couldn't have imagined before. Thirty years ago, if you'd gone to a TV network and pitched a program consisting of nothing but the process of antique restoration — no music, no narration, no story, and certainly no stars — you'd have been told nobody wanted...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Design, College, History, Korea, Asmr, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Julian Baumgartner, Restoration Videos, Mike Dozier


BWW Exclusive: How THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Brought Theatre Back to Seoul and Is Giving Hope to Shows Around the World

Korea As BroadwayWorld reported in April, the world tour of The Phantom of the Opera resumed performances in Seoul on April 23- just weeks after the show was suspended because of illness within the cast. BroadwayWorld checked in with The Really Useful Group's Vice President of Production, Serin Kasif to find out more about what others can learn from the Phantom South Korea model. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: South Korea, Theatre, Korea, Seoul, BroadwayWorld, BWW News Desk, Serin Kasif


This Huge Crashing Wave in a Seoul Aquarium Is Actually a Gigantic Optical Illusion

I live in Seoul, and whenever I'm back in the West, I hear the same question over and over: what's Gangnam like? Presumably Westerners wouldn't have had anything to ask me before the virality of "Gangnam Style," and specifically of the music video satirizing the image of that part of the Korean capital. In Korean, "Gangnam" literally means "south of the river," the waterway in question being the Han River, which runs through modern Seoul much as the Thames and the Seine run through Londo...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Technology, London, College, Thames, Samsung, Paris, Korea, Seoul, Seine, Facebook Twitter, Escher, Han River, COEX


ProtoPie helps designers translate their work to engineering without the hassles

It’s the golden age of design for software companies. Designers are becoming more visible and popular on engineering teams, figuring out everything from the visuals of color palette and fonts to the deeper interaction flows and user experience journeys that underlie products. As my colleague Jordan Crook recently described, that popularity has translated into one of the big venture gold rushes to serve this newly empowered enterprise customer. Design may be the next entrepreneurial gold rush ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Asia, South Korea, Design, China, Samsung, Tech, Korea, Kim, North America, Jordan Crook, Seoul South Korea, Japan Germany, Microsoft Google, Gangnam Seoul


Bold but Busy: 2021 Kia Sorento Revealed

Kia Motors has revealed the next-generation Sorento ahead of its global debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, providing a better look at the midsize crossover than the spy shots that recently emerged from Korea. Compared to the current-gen model, which delights in its approachable blandness, the new Sorento aims for a brawnier look. Recent […] The post Bold but Busy: 2021 Kia Sorento Revealed appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Korea, Autos, Crossovers, Kia, Geneva Motor Show, Kia Motors, Kia Sorento, Sorento, News Blog, Product Planning, Midsize Crossovers, 2021 Kia Sorento


Sherpa Light for indoor farming wins CES 2020 Innovation Award

Developed with the tagline “Grow whatever your heart desires, wherever you are,” Sherpa Light is a tunable artificial light source with the potential to replicate the exact sunlight conditions needed to grow any plant from around the world. Using tunable, full-spectrum LEDs, the device was created to emit different lighting intensities depending on the plant’s cellular structure to optimize growth. Korea-based design studio Sherpa Space developed the Sherpa Light and recently showcased their pro...
Tags: Design, India, Canada, Korea, Sherpa Light, Sherpa Space, Sherpa Space Images


CH Japan: Touring The Yayoi Shochu Distillery

Tasting a protected appellation of the liquor only produced on the Amami archipelago Sometimes considered Japan‘s national beverage, shochu outsells sake in its homeland and the most popular version has been listed among the 25 best-selling spirits in the world. A distilled liquor, shochu carries a 500-year history in Japan. (It’s also related to Korea’s soju.) During our CH Japan excursion to the island of Amami …
Tags: Drinks, Japan, Design, Alcohol, Drinking, Korea, Booze, Spirits, Food + Drink, Amami, Distilleries, Distillery Tours, Amami Oshima, CH Japan, Shochu


The Art & Philosophy of Bonsai

We all know what to think of when we hear the term bonsai: dwarf trees. Or so Shinobu Nozaki titled his book, the very first major publication on the subject in English. Dwarf Trees came out in the 1930s, not long after the Japanese art of bonsai started drawing serious international attention. But the art itself goes back as far as the sixth century, when Japanese embassy employees and students of Buddhism returning from sojourns in China brought back all the latest things Chinese, incl...
Tags: Google, Art, Japan, College, Washington, Oregon, China, Bbc, Nature, Korea, Philosophy, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Neil, China Japan, Yamamoto


(Almost) Good Design: This Café's Spent Cup Stacking System to Minimize Trash/Recycling Volume

When I was living in Japan, I worked at an elementary school. After having lunch, each and every one of the students would take their empty milk cartons and meticulously flatten them. These flattened cartons then all went into the same transparent plastic bag, and I was surprised to see how many it held. A teacher explained to me that this system was utilized because it meant using fewer trash bags, and making less trips to the dumpster. If this system were spread across every school in Japan, t...
Tags: Japan, Design, America, Korea


Giant, abstract trees hold up the roof of an experimental Korean home

When designing the House of Three Trees, Seoul-based architecture practice Jae Kim Architects & Researchers (JK-AR) started with a question: What would Korean architecture look like if timber remained the dominant construction material from ancient times until today? To answer this alternate-reality proposition, the architects conceived a project representative of “the rebirth of East Asian timber architecture of the 21st century” that blends digital design and fabrication with traditional Korea...
Tags: Art, South Korea, Design, Technology, Trees, Architecture, Korea, Seoul, Timber, Jeju Island, Moon Hoon, Experimental Home, Jae Kim Architects Researchers JK, Roh Kyung


Concept for a Tape Roll That (Supposedly) Makes it Easier to Find the Beginning of the Tape

I almost put this one into the Design Roast, but I could actually see this concept catching on in Korea or Japan, where they're typically willing to pay more for overdesigned versions of simple objects. Industrial designers Deockeun An, Jaehyung Kim and Cheolwoong Seo conceived of this tape roll, for those who get frustrated trying to find where the tape begins.I do believe the concept is flawed--are you meant to coordinate where you tear the tape each time, to ensure it lands on a tooth?--but a...
Tags: Japan, Design, Korea, Object Culture, Deockeun An Jaehyung Kim, Cheolwoong Seo


An Artist Draws Popular Brands as Japanese Anime Characters

Sillvi Illustrations is the business of the Korea-born Canadian artist nicknamed Sillvi. As an artist with almost two hundred thousand followers on Instagram, Sillvi has built a brand based around some of the most beloved and successful brands ever. For a while now, Sillvi’s bread and butter as an artist has been his ability to personify the spirits of brands in different markets. Fast food, car brands and sodas have seen some of their most successful companies reimagined as all new, anime-inspi...
Tags: Art, Korea, Harley Quinn, Mcdonalds, Wendy, Ronald McDonald, Sillvi, Sillvi Illustrations, Instagram Sillvi


Korean Artist Transforms Well-Known Products Into Origami Miniatures

If you love origami, then you will love these miniature origami sculptures by Origami Minimal, an artist based in Korea. Her collection of origami is a bit different however, they are unique miniature paper sculptures that have been carefully folded into branded items that we all know and love. More: Instagram h/t: strictlypaper View this post on Instagram < s a n y o m 1 7 0 0 f > . . . . # Source
Tags: Design, Korea, Papercraft, Origami, Minimalist, Sculptures


South Korea to build a peace trail along the DMZ

South Korea is making big changes to the Korean Peninsula’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The country just voted in a plan that will build a peace trail along the DMZ in honor of the Panmunjom Declaration, which was signed in April of last year by President Moon Jae-in and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. The first phase of the project will feature a hiking trail in the Gangwaon Province, located near the east side of Korea. Tourists will be able to explore the Unification Observatory and hike alongside ...
Tags: South Korea, Design, North Korea, China, ROK, United Nations, Korea, Seoul, Mount Everest, DMZ, Kim Jong, Korean Peninsula, Robert Abrams, United Nations Command, Moon Jae, Gangwaon Province


Using Flowers And Colour, Photographer Giseok Cho Documents His Generation Of Koreans

Giseok Cho grew up knowing he wanted to be a creative. His career began working with Korean fashion brands as a graphic designer, art director and set designer but “in my mind, I wanted to use all that to create my own images” he explains, “so I started doing photography”. Today, Giseok works in Seoul, and his myriad creative interests are apparent across his multifaceted portfolio. More: Source
Tags: Photography, Design, Youth, Korea, Seoul, Generation, Giseok Cho, Giseok


Reader Submitted: This Self Driving Shuttle Considers the Big Picture of Autonomous Transportation Systems

South Korean company KLIO Design has designed the WITH:US self driving shuttle concept. Embodying three basic principles of simplicity, habitability and expandability, the project is proposed as an icon of future smart cities. Unveiled for the first time at the 2019 Seoul motor show, the design envisions a public transportation system that cares about the environment and people of all ages. Unmanned Solution Inc., which developed WITH:US, is a self-driving solution company that has been leading ...
Tags: Design, US, Korea, Seoul, DMC, Sangam, Mapo, Reader Projects, Autonomous Transportation Systems, KLIO Design, Unmanned Solution Inc


Emerging Korean Insta-Artist Takes Reality For A Ride With Her Reality Warping Pictures And Fierce Looks

Beauty meets digital art in MLMA’s Instagram account @melovemealot. Emerging Korean rapper and insta-artist, MLMA takes reality for a ride with her reality warping pictures and fierce looks. Even among today’s generation of overtly provocative Instagram stars, there is no one quite like MLMA. The Seoul-born rapper and visual artist uses her face and body as the canvas to present a wildly... Source
Tags: Design, Instagram, Korea, Humor, Vr, Seoul, Reality, Inspirations, Melovemealo, MLMA


Grasshopper’s Dream, A Cafe With Two Giant Grasshoppers At The Train Station In South Korea

lifeoutsideoftexas Here’s a Grasshopper’s Dream, a cafe at the Gujeol-ri train station near Jeongseon, South Korea. Housed in a train, the cafe is the shape of a grasshopper. Also, there is another cafe in the shape of female grasshopper. minty_sky minty_sky fakharhyu dong2013 dong2013 dong2013 dong2013... Source
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Design, Architecture, Train, Korea, Station, Cafe, Grasshopper, Grasshoppers, Gujeol, Jeongseon South Korea Housed


An Artist Imagines If Popular Sodas Were Cartoon Character

Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, we know our favorite sodas by their taste but what would they be like if they were a little more… human? Maybe we’d like to go grab a drink with them? Maybe they’d be so obnoxious, we couldn’t resist slapping them? Luckily, we don’t have to guess anymore. Korea-born Canadian artist who goes by nickname Sillvi has masterfully transformed some of the most popular sodas into... Source
Tags: Design, Coca-cola, Brands, Pop, Korea, Characters, Inspirations, Fanta, Sprite, Sillvi, Coca Cola Sprite Fanta


Micro-Serialized Novels Are Big In The Far East – Can They Catch On In The States?

“In China and Korea, millions of fans make micropayments to writers for incremental updates in their serialized stories.” Now a Korean entrepreneur has launched Radish, which offers a similar service to the American market: writers for TV soap operas develop serialized stories, mostly romance and horror, that get regularly updated in installments that take ten minutes to read on a smartphone. – Publishing Perspectives
Tags: Art, China, Korea, Words, 02.22.19


This robotics museum in Korea will construct itself (in theory)

The planned Robot Science Museum in Seoul will have a humdinger of a first exhibition: its own robotic construction. It’s very much a publicity stunt, though a fun one — but who knows? Perhaps robots putting buildings together won’t be so uncommon in the next few years, in which case Korea will just be an early adopter. The idea for robotic construction comes from Melike Altinisik Architects, the Turkish firm that won a competition to design the museum. Their proposal took the form of an egg-lik...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Architecture, Robots, Korea, Robotics, Seoul, MAA, Robot Science Museum, Melike Altinisik Architects


The Cleveland Museum of Art Digitizes Its Collection, Putting 30,000 Works Online and Into the Public Domain

The lines of the descent from the plutocratic wealth and autocratic power of the late 19th century to the worst atrocities of the early 20th might seem apparent to some people. So too can we trace from the Gilded Age an institutional system of monuments to art, culture, and higher learning unique to modern times. Whether by virtue of greed, guilt, or noblesse oblige, or some of all of the above, wealthy industrialists sought to show—as Andrew Carnegie wrote in his “Gospel of Wealth”—that...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Korea, Cleveland, Cma, Turner, Van Gogh, Public Domain, édouard Manet, Wade, Facebook Twitter, Cleveland Museum of Art, Josh Jones, Art Institute of Chicago, Wade Park


Here's a Sneak Peak at the Upcoming Alessi Documentary

As it can be visited by appointment only, it's possible a bunch of you don't know that Alessi has its own museum. Museo Alessi has been in operation for 20 years, with the mission "to conserve and showcase all the objects, designs, images and materials of all types that document the company's history and research." Now, even those of us who can't score an appointment will get to look inside. To celebrate Museo Alessi's 20th anniversary, the company has commissioned a film called NEWMUSEUM(S), wh...
Tags: Design, Milan, Australia, US, Korea, Brussels, Object Culture, Alessi, Alessandro Mendini, Museo Alessi, Francesca Appiani, Museimpresa


What's That Playing On the Radio?

It hurts me when people disparage Grease. Party because I love it dearly (and have done it three times!), and partly because almost everyone -- including people who love it -- underestimate both the show's authenticity and the writing craft.It's so much better and darker and smarter and subtler than you think.Many people scoff, but it's true -- the score of Grease is remarkable in its craft and authenticity, even referencing actual songs of the period. Many of the actual period songs that influ...
Tags: Movies, Sex, Theatre, America, Debbie Reynolds, Korea, Broadway, Army, Penguins, Tammy, Bronx, 1950s, Jack Kerouac, Smith, Richard, Elvis


Bona Yoo Hired as Sales Director at Lévy Gorvy

Lévy Gorvy gallery has added Bona Yoo as sales director, based in NYC. “She has deep knowledge and passion for 20th century art, and has an incredible global network, with expertise and experience working in Asia, and Korea in particular,” Lévy said in a statement. Read more at Art News  
Tags: Art, Asia, News, Levy, Korea, Art News, Minipost, Lévy Gorvy, Bona Yoo Hired, Bona Yoo


South Korean Women Destroying Cosmetics in Protest

As part of a movement called “escape the corset,” many South Korean women are destroying their make-up—and sharing the glittery, colorful results on social media. The act is a rebellion against “the strict beauty standards that have become their country’s norm,” but further, the unpaid labor of that beauty. While this is a theme across countless countries, South Korea is the eighth largest cosmetics market in …
Tags: South Korea, Gender, Design, Makeup, Instagram, Culture, Feminism, Beauty, Korea, Linkaboutit, Cosmetics


Character Design: Rough World Illustration

Character Design: Rough World Illustration AoiroStudio Oct 25, 2018 Mr Misang is an illustrator from Seoul, Korea. It's a fascinating country with an interesting history. We are featuring the work from Mr Misang because of the insane illustration entitled: Rough World. Filmed by DawittGold who is director from PEACHES, and music by NAFLA and LOOPY who are famous rapper from label MKIT, Korea. I would definitely advise you to check out the video! When I...
Tags: Japan, Design, Korea, Tokyo, Seoul Korea, Misang, DawittGold, NAFLA



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