Wednesday, March 18, 2009


kakireka smalltalk 12.0
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Ms. Hua Project
- character design for branding
by: Jay Lim, Tsubaki Studio

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Culture + Identity = Icon?
- toys & character merchandising

by: Chun Woei, Urban Cr3atures

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Hip-hop Taoist Project
- conceptual design for animation

by: TinToy Chuo, ActionTintoy Studio

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Creating Versatility
- commercial graphic design

by: Muid Latif, Moedlatif

21 Mar 2009 - SATURDAY
1:00 - 4:00pm
Cobra Club House, 2nd Floor, Sports Complex, 7 Lorong Utara B, Jalan Utara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
(behind Armada Hotel, next to Tun Hussein Onn Eye Hospital).
> Google map

FREE & open to public. come early to mingle & chat.
limited seats.

For designers interested to find out more or to join wREGA, come earlier for the wREGA members luncheon & wREGA Annual General Meeting which starts at 11:30am.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Creative Economy and Industries Programme

Today, the creative industries are among the most dynamic sectors in the world economy and provide new opportunities for developing countries to leapfrog into emerging high-growth areas of the world economy.

In implementing its mandate, UNCTAD has been proactive in promoting international action in the area of the creative industries, and hence, the creative economy, emphasizing their development dimension. The creative industries are at the crossroads of the arts, culture, business and technology. All these activities are intensive in creative skills and can generate income through trade and intellectual property rights.

UNCTAD´s work
- Promoting the creative economy as a new source of growth
- Providing a platform for intergovernmental debates and consensus-building.

- Supporting government initiatives for concerted public policies and inter-ministerial action.

- Liaising with governments, institutions, artists, creators, academia and civil society to strengthen the creative economy in developing countries.
- Providing demand-driven policy advice and technical assistance to governments.
- Building synergies among the United Nations system: UNCTAD, set-up the United Nations Multi-Agency Informal Group on Creative Industries.

- Organizing and/or participating in international and national events
- Promoting networking through our quarterly E-Newsletter "Creative Economy & Industries".
- Sharing knowledge and information through its research analysis, studies and statistics.


The creative economy deals with a wide range of stakeholders:
- Governments: economic development, culture, trade, tourism, finance, technology, communications, labour, foreign affairs, social affairs and education.
- Business sector: from independent artists and small business enterprises at one stream, to some of the world´s largest conglomerate at the other.

- Public cultural institutions: museums, galleries, public service broadcasting organizations, etc.

- Civil society: foundations, academia, artistic and creators, professional associations, sectoral organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), etc.

- International organizations and public opinion: UN family, other international organizations, press and media, etc.

Ms. Carolina Quintana

Creative Economy & Industries Programme
Trade Analysis Branch
UNCTAD, Palais des Nations

1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

T: +41 22 917 55 51


article source:
UNCTAD website

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Develop Creativity Into An Industry: Shabery

What a busy month March is... the KL Design Week is at the end of this month. Plus it seems there is a Creative Industry Conference organised by the Ministry of Information on the 16-17 MAR 2009 at Nikko Hotel, KL that will discuss matters of government policy, infrastructure to support & develop the creative industry. So... Malaysia finally jumps into the Creative Economy bandwagon right when the recession hits? Better late than never, right?

latest news from BERNAMA:

KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 -- The creative industry should be restructured and expanded to make it a sector that can contribute to the country's economic growth, Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said today. He said the industry had great potential to be developed because besides having people with natural creative talent Malaysia had also produced many graduates in this from its local institutions. "It is difficult to define this industry because it is different from the manufacturing and construction industry where we can see the physical results.

"The end product of human creativity can only be linked to the contribution it makes to the country's economic growth and the creation of job opportunities and income for those involved in the field. But if carefully structured and expanded, it can become a big industry. "This is what is lacking in our country. Our society is creative but this field has yet to become an industry," he said in a interview on TV3's "Malaysia Hari Ini" (MHI) programme on the Creative Industry Conference which the ministry is organising on March 15 and 16.

The conference is aimed, among others, at providing a channel for the sharing of information and ideas among those involved in the creative industry, technology providers and policy makers, both local and foreign, on the future of the industry in Malaysia. Themed "Creative Industry: A New Dimension for Economic Development", the inaugural conference is expected to be attended by about 500 participants, including tertiary students and suppliers of films and dramas.

Ahmad Shabery said the creative industry could follow the footsteps of the agricultural sector which, after its restructure, expansion and change of mindset, became a business entity and industry that made a big contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). He said the creative industry in Malaysia was still lagging behind that in other countries which contributed up to nine per cent of their countries' GDP. "We don't know how much the creative industry in our country contributes to the GDP. Some say it's not even one per cent, so it's difficult for us to gauge. The potential's there but it's not being developed," he said.

Shabery hoped that the people and policy makers would see the importance of the creative industry not only from the aspect of job opportunities by also the products. He also said that the banks could help in the development of the industry by providing financial aid to the industry players to develop their talent and creativity to reach the global level. The RM20 million injection by the government through its second stimulus package was a fund that could be used to enhance the creative industry, he said. Besides that, Radio Televisyen Malaysia's (RTM) new 24-hour entertainment channel, Muzik Aktif, to be aired over 180 Astro from next Thursday could serve as a platform for creative practitioners to display their talents, including through video clips in its various programmes, he added.

Shabery said it was hoped that the conference would mould a new mindset in the society to better understand the Creative Economy (C-Economy). "We hope the word C-Economy will become a household word in the society. We will monitor the progress of the C-Economy in the country and this is a platform that we have built," he added.

source: BERNAMA