Designers crossing cultures

Regular readers might remember my post from Singapore on the young Singaporean designers I met for a lovely chat and meal in December. Lynn, pictured here, has just informed me that she will be joining IDEO Shanghai as their first industrial designer next month.

Congratulations!

Even more interesting, is a snippet from our email conversations with respect to the differences in corporate culture that she is preparing to face. Her experience in multicultural Singapore working for Japanese firms has instilled a subtler, less outspoken style of interaction, whilst it may not be the same in an American company, that too in Mainland China. I hope to talk to her further about this topic, as it’s one I’ve begun exploring in some depth.

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