Friday, June 29, 2007

Cute Chinese Design - Tuzki

These bunnies known as Tuzki (兔斯基), are the latest to steal the hearts of Chinese netizens.

Simplistic, noseless and mouthless, these bunnies have been hot on Chinese internet, particularly with QQ and MSN users since the beginning of 2007. Wang Momo, a student in animation department of Beijing Broadcasting Institute created this popular lagomorph.

Wang Momo created this character to be able to write her diary in a graphic form. Her friends and classmates always nicknamed her “rabbit” as well. The first Tuzki was very simple, and just waved his arms and shook his head. Then Momo created more pictures and small animations for this character based on her real life experiences. To date, Tuzki has 39 different expressions. And thanks to the 150,000,000 Tecent QQ users and 20 million MSN messenger users in China, the popularity of Tuzki also generates income for this young woman. She is now designing Tuzki posters and postcards, which will take the rabbit beyond the definition of an internet idol.

The use of cartoon icons when chatting with others via MSN Messenger is considered an internet phenomenon started by the younger generations in China. At first it started with Yoyo & Cici (悠嘻猴), a launch by Chinajoy at the beginning of 2006, driven by commercial purposes. Later in 2006, the cartoon Onion replaced the Yoyo & Cici Monkeys to be the most popular internet icon. Currently, Tzuki is the new fad.

[Extracts from Shanghaiist]

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Most Beautiful Photo Beyond the Earth

Aurora Borealis via

Twitter WebApps - The Good and the Bad

Start with the very essential - twitterfeed, feeding your RRS directly to twitter. The link would be displayed in tinyurl mode. The new best way to let your friends see your blog update!

: Basicly springs out the twitters in a live motion, quite interesting at first sight, but then as you realize there are so many languages in the world you don't understand... kinda discouraging...

tweetVOLUME: Similar to Google Fight, enter a few keywords and see their appearance frequency on Twitter.

Twitterment: A yet more detailed review of your keywords on Twitter, including recent twitter messages, hourly and daily trends, and a Google Map graphic of the whereabouts of users who are using the keywords, other buzzwords and so on. Developed by eBiquity Research Group, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

TwitterFox: a Firefox extension that works like Twitterific, lets you keep track of your friends' update and send quick twits as well, all from a tiny icon from the browser status bar. [Download TwitterFox Firefox extension]

twitigg: a website truly live up to its name: a meshup of twitter and digg. It picks up the links and videos people put up in their twitter status. Don't know whether to call it a genius idea or a failure - the website is just painfully ugly, it actually bothers to seperate "popular videos" from "popular movies", oh man. And maybe because this site is premature and right now really not a whole bunch of people are using it, it's kinda sad to see even the most "popular" only has about 5 to 6 twitters...

Twitter Mail: it lets you update your Twitter status by sending an email to a address it creates for you. An alternative, yes, but a bad one. Why would anyone do that. If you've got Internet and a browser or whatever you use to send the email, you could update your status by web or by IM and everything. If you send the email by your cell phone, and it all makes more sense to just update Twitter by sending SMS. Why bother coming up with so much useless stuff when Twitter has already provided you with so many alternatives.

How Many Twitter-Clone Sites Are There ?

Twitter is like the most popular feed alert system on the web right now, oh correction, you can actually sent twitters and get updates using IM, SMS, or email. And now this twitter fever has evoked hundreds of similar sites, below is just an incomplete list of those Twitter-Clones. Just crazy....

from Germany Impressive feature set, active community, also available with local numbers for Austria and Switzerland.

from Japan (update:5.25) (update:6.7)

from Korea

from India

from China (update:6.10) (update:6.12) (update:6.17) (update:6.21)

Chinese Twitter-like sites: (update:6.25)

from European Countries (English,Italiano,Francais)
from Span (update:5.26)
from Poland (update:5.27)
from France
from Netherlands (update:6.17)
from Hungary (update:6.17)

from USA (update:6.5) (update:6.8) (update:6.22) (update:6.27)

Other Twitter-like sites (update:5.26) (update:5.26) (update:6.17)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

New Finnish Fashion

From EGODESIGN: "15 Finnish Fashion Designers"

Aila Kolehmainen + Nargisse Rafik, June 25, 2007
Samu-Jussi Koski_Aleksi Niemelä_Helsinki_Finnish
Samu-Jussi Koski_Aleksi Niemelä_Helsinki_Finnish

Designer: Samu-Jussi Koski, Pattern: Maija Louekari, Pisaroi
Product: OMRA dress
Year of Design: 2007
Producer: Marimekko
Specify: silk/viscose
Photo: Aleksi Niemelä

Luxury design or street fashion, the Finnish has got it all. Unique, bold, original, just a few keywords of the Finnish wave. Enjoy!

Anna & Tuomas Laitinen_Shopi Fujii_Helsinki_Finnish
Anna & Tuomas Laitinen_Shopi Fujii_Helsinki_Finnish

Designer: Anna & Tuomas Laitinen
Product: Alpaca dress
Specify: Material: Alpaca wool and videotape
Photo: Shoji Fujii

Daniel Palillo_Chris Vidal_Helsinki_Finnish
Daniel Palillo_Chris Vidal_Helsinki_Finnish

Designer: Daniel Palillo
Specify: cotton
Photo: Chris Vidal

Tiia Vanhatapio_Nina Merikallio_Helsinki_Finnish
Tiia Vanhatapio_Nina Merikallio_Helsinki_Finnish

Designer: Tiia Vanhatapio
Product: Betty cocktail dress
Year of Design: Tiia Vanhatapio A/W 07/08
Producer: Dark Creations Oy
Specify: Material: bridal satin
Photo: Nina Merikallio

Anssi Tuupainen_Jonas Lundqvist_Helsinki_Finnish
Anssi Tuupainen_Jonas Lundqvist_Helsinki_Finnish

Designer: Anssi Tuupainen
Product: Jacket Adrien 3236, jacket Kevin 3211, pants Ethan 3211, shirt Adam 3732
Year of Design: 2007
Producer: Turo Tailor Oy
Photo: Jonas Lundqvist

Jarmo Viitala_Nanso/Lempivaate_Helsinki_Finnish
Jarmo Viitala_Nanso/Lempivaate_Helsinki_Finnish

Designer: Jarno Viitala
Product: Kruunu dress
Year of Design: 2007
Producer: Nanso
Specify: Material: modal, lyocell, elasthane
Photo: ©Nanso/Lempivaate

"In the following months, we met 15 designers, discussed their work, made them fill out questionnaires, interviewed them on video; visited their homes, factories, offices, shops and studios; emailed, faxed, phoneconferenced, fedexed and started to call them by their first names. We asked them to tell stories, to fill boxes with things from their world, to take us behind the scenes, further than glossy pages, photoshoots, runways, clothes racks, and to show something beyond spring-summer and autumn-winter.

Minna Parikka_Nina Merikallio_Helsinki_Finnish
Minna Parikka_Nina Merikallio_Helsinki_Finnish

Designer: Minna Parikka
Product: Raquel shoe, Priscilla shoe, Maxine bag
Year of Design: 2007-2008
Photo: Nina Merikallio