Fun Stuff

Our Hong Kong team re-locates to the achingly photogenic Quarry Bay area

Our Hong Kong team recently made a successful move to their new studio in the Quarry Bay area of Hong Kong. With its unique architecture – an amazing mixture of old and new buildings – the area allows for stunning night photography and is a stark contrast to the typical Hong Kong skyline we had in the Sheung Wan district.

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PDD’s Managing Director of Asia, Oliver Breit, is promoting The Damned 40th anniversary tour

As part of their Australasian tour, Punk forefathers The Damned will play their Hong Kong show this month, only their second live performance in this territory to date. Mentioned in the same breath as The Clash and The Sex Pistols, the legendary British rockers are currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of their 1977 debut ‘Damned Damned Damned’ […]

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A great day out at the 30th J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

A couple of weeks ago, PDD’s London team took part in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge®. The 5.6K run was to raise funds for charity, Age UK.

It was a great opportunity for some good old team bonding and camaraderie, with some team members (I’ll mention no names, Jon Mason – bib number 1975) bragging he’d beat us ALL with a time of 19 minutes. It turned out he beat us ALL with a run time of 22 minutes. We’re quite a competitive bunch, if you hadn’t already guessed 🙂

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Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the year of the monkey.

The Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey is coming! 2004 was the last Year of the Wood Monkey. In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth, which means that a Wood Monkey or a Fire Monkey comes once in a 60-year cycle. (Read more about Chinese New Year from buzzle). And this year could be more precious than ever.

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Christmas then and now: Nostalgic gifts get a digital makeover

As is customary at this time of year, many of us have given some thought as to what we’d like for Christmas. Leo, my three-year-old nephew, has his wish list sorted. First up, he wants a Jessie the Yodelling Cowgirl figure – she of Toy Story film fame – who was, according to the Wall Street Journal, one of the hottest toys of the season back at Christmas 1999.

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Links from the studio: How to design a happier life. #InternationalDayOfHappiness

Are you happy? Although happiness is something we all strive for, achieving it is actually quite difficult. Could we use design to help make our lives happier?

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Buck up for Chinese New Year of the Goat

It turns out that 2015 is the year of the goat (sometimes also called ram or sheep) and in Chinese astrology, goat sign people (those born in: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 & 2015) are generally advised to “take special care about what they do.” Besides this ominous prediction, Chinese superstition has it that nine out of ten sheep/goats/rams will be unhappy in life. Consequently, according to some media reports, a few cautious Chinese expectant mothers are booking Caesarean sections to give birth before the 19th of February when the current year of the horse ends.

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Another successful year of exciting product launches for PDD

As another year reaches its climax, it’s time to say thank you…

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James Bond’s Christmas wish list

He’s smart, charismatic, smooth and notably the recent Daniel Craig version of Bond; broody – my favourite of all. This is a secret agent who has been gifted the best innovative gadgets from MI6 Quartermaster ‘Q’; false fingerprints, invisible cloak for his car, broom radio and Bell Textron Jet Pack to name a few. However, if you had to gift Bond a Christmas gadget, what would it be?

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Links from the studio: A worthy wearable

2014 seems to have become the ‘Year of the Wearable’ with an ever increasing range of new devices that compete for some of the high value real estate that is your body. Will there be space under the Christmas tree this year for all the Fitbits, GoPros, Withings, Tiles and Ups?

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Links from the studio: A shopping centre full of sheep

There are a few things essential to all living things on this planet; food, water, oxygen and sunlight. As our world becomes increasingly populated, the demand put on the amount of land and natural resources needed to produce the food we eat has intensified. But what would happen if we could manufacture these basic life giving essentials in a shopping centre?

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Links from the studio: How wearables can make technology more personable

Wearables have once more caused a stir in the studio; with always more potential but also unexpected (and sometimes questionable) applications being revealed every day. Wearables still need to come of age, but one thing is certain: they make technology ever more personal. Take Google’s ‘smart lens’ technology, released earlier this year, which could make wearables less about you interacting with a worn device and more about the worn device serving you, seamlessly blending with your life.

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Links from the studio-How to disappear

So the internet has been an important pillar in society for a few decades now, but as the NSA spying scandal showed all of us – our vulnerability online is not limited to cyber criminals. Over the last few months there have been a plethora of articles on how to erase your online self, exemplified through the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling on ‘the right to be forgotten’. After all, everything we do online these days is tracked and recorded, unless you solemnly use Snapchat that is.

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Links from the studio – Wearable technology in healthcare

It has been a bumper month for interesting links here in the studio with the longer days no doubt adding to the teams thirst for knowledge. Beating back breakthrough stories such as the ‘FDA approves first mind controlled prosthetic arm’ and ‘The world’s first Braille phone’, the king of the hill last month for me was a reminder to the days of the popular BBC program Tomorrows World showcasing the forefronts in technology set to change the future, that often many years later appeared to fizzle out disappointingly.

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Links from the studio – Beauty placebo

Last month PDD staff contributed a wealth of links, all of them interesting and definitely worth a glimpse; look out for a novel form of sand casting and the Bradley Timepiece. However, one link stands out for me and that’s the new Dove campaign. In the tough market of beauty, they’ve done something risky that I think is genius; they’ve shown women that ‘beauty’ may just be a state of mind.

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Extreme immersion: Reliving the Zombie epidemic

Two years ago, the zombie industry was already worth $5billion but more recently, zombies have become more popular than ever before thanks to the likes of World War Z and the increasing popularity of The Walking Dead TV series. Their apocalyptical world has stimulated the imagination of many people, with the surprising use of gamification in a range of subjects and activities…including a real-life ‘survival’ game of tag in London.

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Links from the studio – ‘Hacking for good’

It’s been a turbulent month of weather to say the least, but hopefully we’re through the worst and the onset of the lighter evenings brings hope of spring. This link shared around the PDD London studio shows how a Flood Hack event instigated by Number 10 and attended by engineers from Microsoft, Facebook and Google as well as independent developers, has the potential to help thousands through live data and data availability.

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Links from the studio – ‘Life with less plastic’

So it’s the end of the first month and we’re well into February of 2014, the calorific pig out and family spools of the Christmas break is all but a distant memory. With the promises of frequent exercise, healthy eating, lifestyle changes and personality complexes all too ambivalently pursued (and failed), here at PDD we’ve sourced a more realistic and rewarding change that you can easily incorporate into the year ahead.

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Links from the Studio(19.12.13)

One, two, three, four, five! That’s right, Christmas is coming in five days, bet you’ve already prepared or have had lots of ideas on how to celebrate the big day! Will we be having a white Christmas? I hope so… 🙂 Here at PDD, we wish y’all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you next year!

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What happened at PDD in 2013

As another busy year draws to an end, we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been listening to our thoughts and opinions in the form of our blog Pulse. We hope you’ve found it as insightful and interesting as we have.

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