Chris is a Design Entrepreneur. In 2015 he co-founded AirPop, an air wearables startup, that makes smart masks for the 4B+ people living in pervasive air pollution in Asia. AirPop is a strategic partner in Xiaomi's product eco-system platform and Chris was the first foreign founder to be invested by Xiaomi. Previously he served as the Managing Director of Continuum, the global innovation design consultancy based in Boston, MA. Chris founded Continuum’s Shanghai office in 2009 and led the firm's Asia-Pacific portfolio. During his six years in Shanghai, he was also responsible for strategic partnerships as part of the firm's global leadership team. Prior to moving to China Chris mentored the design track in Prof. Stefan Thomke's Managing Product and Service Development course at the Harvard Business School and liaised with project teams in Prof. Ted Selker's Industrial Design Intelligence course MIT Media Lab. Chris taught the Design Strategy and Research course (B.ID) at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and the Design Strategy Theory and Practice Lab (M.A.) at Tongji University College of Design & Innovation in Shanghai.
Chris was named one of the Top 50 Innovators by China Business News Weekly and was a regular guest columnist for Forbes China in The Business of Innovation section. He's been featured in South China Morning Post, Global Times and Business Review. Chris has received numerous international design awards including IF, Reddot, Good Design and IDEA and has served on multiple design juries in Asia including Red Star Design Awards, China Good Design Awards and CBN Innovation and Design Awards. He speaks regularly about emerging market innovation, technology trends and designing humane consumer experiences. He lives in San Francisco and Shanghai.
Shirley Yang SOHU.inc Interaction Design Specialist
With the arrival of the intelligent era, the application of intelligent equipment and intelligence becomes more common in life space scene. Consumption upgrading triggers the brand upgrading and drives the users’ consumption cognition upgrading. People’s pursuit for life quality, imagination of digital scenes, and future life scene will become commercial opportunities with possibility and imagination. In today’s society, the relationship between intelligent equipment and people, social contact network and people, and technology and people is promoting the innovation of the brand-new commercial scene. The scene application of intelligent technology as already become the infrastructure facilities of commercial innovation, such as entity bookstore of Amazon Book and Amazon Fresh supermarket, and so on. All of them take full advantage of intelligence and internet of things to turn to the three-dimensional scene experience of physical space from the digital two-dimensional scene. good-looking, individualized and automatic intelligent products constantly optimize users’ lifestyle and improve efficiency. And they are greatly favored and concerned by consumers. The ubiquitous energy of digitalization and intelligent technology will create more abundant user and interaction experience.
In this summit of internet of things, we will invite cross-boundary designers in multi-state smart pace and intelligent product innovation experts to discuss the internet equipment under the smart era and infinite connection with the future life scenes from brands, service experience, commercial mode, product interaction and functions with the user center.
It’s been said that “Art is a lie that tells the truth.”
So what is Design? Design is a paradox that creates order.
The Designer’s quest to achieve perpetually better solutions is an impossible task that nevertheless leads to new possibilities.
Throughout the evolution of life on Earth, the progress of humans has stood apart. Through our intellect, social self-organization, creativity and drive, we've improved life quality almost exponentially over successive generations. If we accept progress as a given of the human condition then this talk is an argument for how we progress.
Perpetual - Measuring change is a kind of metaphysical conundrum. Once you're aware of it, you've changed too. You're a part of it. The idea that change is constant underpins our conception of the natural order. Struggling to anticipate, understand and manage change is a defining human proclivity.
Better - Making something better is an intrinsic goal of design. Striving for better also captures a core psychology of the designer, who is wired to see problems to be solved, who cannot help but challenge the status quo, who endeavors to improve. Yet our quest for better is paradoxical. Better is relative only to what we already know. It’s inevitable that better solutions 'here' and 'now' lead to problems over 'there' and 'later'. Which makes achieving something "better" more like a gas than a solid, a detour rather than a destination. Better doesn't last long, just when we think we've got it, it starts again.
Let’s unpack this paradox.
The speaker hopes to share the development case of Mijia Induction Cooker to enlighten participators in product design. Induction cooker industry belongs to a sunset industry in the market. Under the sufficient competition, market homogenization is serious. There are no innovative products in the market for a long time and no brands are willing to invest in it. Why Mijia Induction Cooker can dare to invest in the induction cooker market in such a situation? The product is dominated by design in the early-stage definition and find out the design entry point from user demands and use pain and it is enough to disturb in the market. In addition, hardware and software integration can be used to improve user experience and redefine induction cooker. Moreover, according to the sold out result, it proves that design-driven products can achieve success.
1. Employees in intelligent products
2. Experience planners in space, display and scenes
3. Cross-boundary experience designers
4. Enthusiasts in innovative technology, virtual reality, multimedia design and new media fields
1. Recognize the practice mode of design thinking in the intelligent hardware development
2. Apply the thinking and method of new technology and experience design, construct the intelligent project and find out innovative opportunity point of commerce.
3. Systemically explore the concept of “product and space integration” from user value and organically combine brand value, service mode and scenes in the intelligent space.