''During the 1970s, Warrior (回力) brand sneakers were the hottest shoes
in China — its bright, clean design a sharp contrast to the drab
homogeneity of Communist China. Continuing into the 1980s, the shoe
remained a status symbol for Chinese teenagers who were well-off enough
to don a pair of famous Warriors.
But as China opened up economically, so did the marketplace for
sneaker brands. While the 50 year-old Warrior name was still well-known
in China, it was no longer well-known as one of the premier Chinese
brands. Instead, Warrior shoes became the shoe of the working class —
worn by poor construction workers, elderly women and rural citizens
looking for a pair of cheap, durable shoes, not an expensive brand name
Fascinated by this story, a graphic design student from China
recently released a photography book which features people wearing
Warriors in various areas of China. Each copy of “Book of Warriors”
comes with a pair of Warriors. The author, Shumeng Ye, hopes to use the
Warrior brand “to tell the story behind the shoes and show a different
side of China. Not the industrial and economical power, but the daily
life of a country with its own distinctive sneaker culture.”
Interestingly, Warrior-type shoes are making a comebackamong the (ironically) hip set, who covet the relative obscurity of the
Warrior in Western culture. In Europe, a similar shoe retails for EU
40-50, which is a significant markup over the China price (EU 2-3).
Below are a couple of Shumeng’s Warrior pictures along with the cool retro packaging that some Warrior shoes come in.''
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personal expression and identity. Subcultures have used tattoos as a
form of self representation; a visual language communicating
personality and status. Philips Design examined the growing trend of
extreme body adornment like tattoos, piercing, implants and scarring.
The Electronics Tattoo film expresses the visual power of sensitive
technology applied to the human body. The film subtly leads the viewer
through the simultaneous emotional and aesthetic transformations
between two lovers.''
Breathing Earth is an online world map that gives you
a country’s population, birth and death rates, and how much CO2 it
emits.There’s a ticker on the side showing the number of people that have been born, how many have died, and how
much CO2 has been emitted since you opened the URL. As you watch, the
countries change from beige to yellow, to flashing red as they emit