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Designers and Books is launching their first ever Designers & Books Fair 2012. The Fair is being held in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology, from October 26-28.
35 U.S. and European design book publishers and booksellers will be displaying and selling the newest titles (and popular backlist titles) at the Fair exhibition hall. Special Fair discounts (up to 40%) will be available on many books.
Auditoriums adjacent to the exhibition hall are programmed for special presentations, interviews and panel discussions with some of the most influential writers, speakers and thinkers in the design community.
ECCO Design Founder and Principal Eric Chan will be speaking as one of the distinguished experts at the program “Chinese Design Culture Now.” He will be discussing contemporary China’s evolving design culture, including current trends and design education in China. Eric will be speaking on Saturday, October 27th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Haft Auditorium.


Stereo Sound, a leading Japanese magazine for audio enthusiasts, has featured the KEF Blade Loudspeaker on its front cover for the 2012 winter issue N0.181. The article praises the product as having an ideal form factor within the aligned center axis product category, as well as having an excellent driver balancing both spot sound source and a range of sound waves. The article credits ECCO design with “complimenting the superior acoustic engineering,” and states that “KEF has reached a highly artistic industrial design solution.” ECCO design principal Eric Chan was  inspired by the sculptor Brancusi’s “Bird in Space.” Chan used the bird wing-like form to established a strong identity for Blade. Stereo Sound also wrote that Blade is the perfect speaker to enjoy the jazz music collection “‘Round Midnight” by Karrin Allyson.

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The founder and long time IDSA member Eric Chan has been invited to 2012 Northeast Design Dialogue Conference: Forward Thinking Through Vintage Perspectives as one of the keynote speakers. Eric will share his observation and vision toward future design practice based on his personal journey and experience in dynamic global design industry.

Other keynote speaker includes Bill Moggridge, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Peter Bressler founder of the Bressler Group, and Debera Johnson, executive director of the Pratt Design Incubator.

There are three mega topics to be discussed over three days: “To know your past is to know your future”, “Change is the new Norm – Now What?”, “What’s next? Thinking beyond design”. Eric will be speaking on April 14th Saturday morning from 11:45 am to 12:15 am. Detail schedule may change. Please visits IDSA WEB site for more information.


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Job Position:
UI Developer / Interaction Designer

ECCO Design
US – New York
Job Level:
Mid – Senior Level Staff
Industrial and Interactive Design
Job Functions:
User Interface Design, Interaction Design, Flash Programming, User Experience Strategy,
Freelance/Part Time/ Full Time

ECCO Design is looking to expand its UI Design Team. The position will provide the opportunity to further cultivate your skills while working with some of the top designers in the industry. UI Developers and Interaction Designer will work as the part of the core design team, and be able to contribute their experience to the centural design process.

Credentials and Experience:
• 3-5 years of relevant professional experience.
• Experience should include interaction and web-based systems, developing control systems interfaces, and creating the related information architecture and software applications.
• Bachelor’s (or Master’s) degree in HMI Design, Communication Design, or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Specific Skills

UI Designer candidates must demonstrate proficiency in:
• Programming (Flash, Director, ActionScript, Expression Blend, C++)
• Knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of modern front-end technologies & approaches (XHTML/CSS, After Effects, Maya, JavaScript, etc.)
• Ability to combine analytical problem solving and artistic visualization
• Adobe Creative Suite

Apply Via Email:

Submission Details:
Please submit your resume / portfolio. If you are an international candidate, please provide your Visa status.

Candidates who are not US citizens or permanent residents need to have authorization to work in the US in order to apply.


The “Rethinking Bamboo” exhibition was held in Beijing between September 26th and October 17th, 2011 as one of the five key events for the First Annual Beijing International Design Triennial.  Both an international and Chinese curator coordinated to present each event under the general theme of ‘good design’.

The “Bamboo Chair” was designed by Eric Chan and Herman Miller to demonstrate bamboo’s ability to provide a comfortable experience while maintaining its aesthetic quality. The exhibition also successfully showcased China’s high level of design appreciation while also respecting uniquely original Asian material and its value.

The exhibition also highlighted unconventional uses for bamboo’s unique material characteristics. For example, bamboo is known as a sustainable material, but also has structural properties used for furniture and architectural work. The exhibition also presented a broad range of products and objects including clothing, bicycles, automobiles and handbags.