Taipei Zoo via Highway 3

The Taipei Zoo is one of my daughter Catrionas favourite places to spend the better part of a day – I think she would go everyday. But as good as the Taipei Zoo is, if you are going to spend time over lunch there, take a lunch with you, as the food in the zoo must be the worst Taipei has to offer.
Up until recently we have been taking highway 1 from Hsinchu to Taipei and then trudging our way through the city until we eventually made our way to the zoo. I have no idea why we didn’t try highway 3 in the past but it makes getting to the zoo far more enjoyable and it’s quicker to boot. Just keep going north in the direction of the Muzha exit and you will eventually see the signs. Unlike most way finding systems in Taiwan I had no trouble finding the right exit to the zoo. If you are travelling with children one of the added bonuses of taking this route are the tunnels. Lots and lots of long tunnels. It makes for some fun games in the car. Highway 3 is a great way to get to the zoo.

Design and Business Ethics

“AIGA has released a series of brochures outlining the critical ethical and professional issues encountered by designers and their clients. The series, entitled “Design Business and Ethics,” examines the key concerns a designer faces in maintaining a successful practice and speaks directly to the protection of individual rights.”

From Swissmiss.

Jessey Meng and Toilet Gate

You just can’t make this stuff up. The Mainland Chinese forums are ablaze with indignation that someone would make a joke at their shoddy toilet facilities. From Reuters:

Enraged Chinese Internet surfers have called for a public apology from a Taiwanese model after she poked fun at the mainland’s public toilets and their users on a Taiwan chat-show, local media reported Thursday.
“Many mainland toilets don’t have doors and even when they do, most people don’t even shut the door!” Meng said.
She regaled the host with a story about a toilet in a Chinese city where she had seen “hundreds of pale bottoms all lined up in a row.”

Old news is sometimes good news. Found via my referrer logs.

An Ive for Design

Businessweek retrospective on Jonathan Ives.

The man who, after Jobs, is most responsible for Apple’s amazing ability to dazzle and delight with its famous products, chose instead to talk about process — what he called “the craft of design.” He spoke passionately about his small team and how they work together. He talked about focusing on only what is important and limiting the number of projects. He spoke about having a deep understanding of how a product is made: its materials, its tooling, its purpose. Mostly, he focused on the need to care deeply about the work.

Read: Who Is Jonathan Ive?

Broadcast only

I’ve turned off the comments again due to the overwhelming amount of spam that floods my MT installation on a daily basis. With the extremely limited amount of ‘conversations’ that have ever occurred here it just doesn’t seem worth the time to manage all the noise.

Taiwanease Magazine

The first issue of Taiwanease Magazine was officially released to the wild today and can be picked up at a number of outlets throughout Taiwan. Kudos to all.
Special thanks to 錢世泓 and 汪峻德 for their illustration work. 汪峻德 had to endure many nights of revisions, a task he didn’t complain too much about. 錢世泓 finished his work with only a few hours to spare before he boarded the bus to start basic training for the Taiwan marines.
After being in development for almost 10 months it’s great to see elements of this project finally seeing fruition. Next the website.