formalization / transformation

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Improvised motorcycle-based cargo carrying solutions are readily visible across China.* As above, cardboard bins become cargo containers and vests become storage for small objects.

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Here, a practice I’ve witnessed elsewhere of plastic jerrycans being cut open and attached by wire to motorcycles has evolved into the above product offering. Advertised as “unbreakable” (打不碎), these jerrrycan-inspired storage bins attach at leg level and conveniently double as wind deflectors (although appear to lack a means of being easily closed and protected from theft/elements). The process of watching informal practices evolve as they transform into new product offerings and business models is one that will never cease to fascinate.

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On the subject of transformations (and forgiving inelegant transitions), today begins my (formal, for a change) design training (here), meaning the occasional updates around here are likely to become extra-occasional (or at least much shorter) until graduation. Here’s to new roads.

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*and elsewhere, too (like Thailand), but the process of practice-to-product appears more easily visible/close to the surface in China.

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