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TEKNÉ: VIETNAM - A master project about design and handicraft in Vietnam

Westin, Johanna (2012) In Diploma work IDEM05 20122
Industrial Design
Abstract (Swedish)
My intention with this project was to investigate
the possibilities and difficulties with working in
Vietnam as a Scandinavian designer. As a means of
the investigation I was going to develop products in
collaborations with local handicraft manufacturers
using locally sourced materials.

In the end it turned out to be so much more than
only investigating possibilities and difficulties; it
turned out to be a complete design project including
everything from research, ideation and sketching to
field trips, graphic design for information material
and exhibition design for the Lifestyle fair.

The project resulted in a report with my personal
reflections on the working conditions here and a
collection of products and furniture... (More)
My intention with this project was to investigate
the possibilities and difficulties with working in
Vietnam as a Scandinavian designer. As a means of
the investigation I was going to develop products in
collaborations with local handicraft manufacturers
using locally sourced materials.

In the end it turned out to be so much more than
only investigating possibilities and difficulties; it
turned out to be a complete design project including
everything from research, ideation and sketching to
field trips, graphic design for information material
and exhibition design for the Lifestyle fair.

The project resulted in a report with my personal
reflections on the working conditions here and a
collection of products and furniture pieces exhibited
both in Vietnam and at the degree exhibition in
Lund.

The products I made were supposed to work as an
inspiration for the manufacturers I collaborated
with, and also for other manufacturers and buyers
visiting the fair, to show them that it is possible to
create products and designs that are sophisticated
and adapted to the western market.

The biggest problem I found was communication;
Vietnamese people are in general very bad at any
other languages but Vietnamese, and many of them
are not used to working with western customers,
and therefore not used to the different common
ways of communication there.

At the same time the possibilities seem endless here,
there is so much skill among the different groups of
craftsmen, and many of them are very specialized in
one specific material. There are also many different
kinds of raw materials in Vietnam, varying from
the different parts of the country.

Overall I’m very happy with the result of the
project and it turned out better than I had ever
expected. I have gained a lot of valuable experience
which I’m sure I’ll be able to use in the future, and
I’ve also made a lot of connections in Vietnam and
internationally which may also be useful in my
future work as a designer. (Less)
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author
Westin, Johanna
supervisor
organization
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IDEM05 20122
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
publication/series
Diploma work
report number
ISRN:LUT-DVIDE/EX--12/50169-SE
ISSN
ISRN
language
English
id
3218040
date added to LUP
2012-11-30 16:21:12
date last changed
2012-11-30 16:21:12
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  abstract     = {My intention with this project was to investigate
the possibilities and difficulties with working in
Vietnam as a Scandinavian designer. As a means of
the investigation I was going to develop products in
collaborations with local handicraft manufacturers
using locally sourced materials.

In the end it turned out to be so much more than
only investigating possibilities and difficulties; it
turned out to be a complete design project including
everything from research, ideation and sketching to
field trips, graphic design for information material
and exhibition design for the Lifestyle fair.

The project resulted in a report with my personal
reflections on the working conditions here and a
collection of products and furniture pieces exhibited
both in Vietnam and at the degree exhibition in
Lund.

The products I made were supposed to work as an
inspiration for the manufacturers I collaborated
with, and also for other manufacturers and buyers
visiting the fair, to show them that it is possible to
create products and designs that are sophisticated
and adapted to the western market.

The biggest problem I found was communication;
Vietnamese people are in general very bad at any
other languages but Vietnamese, and many of them
are not used to working with western customers,
and therefore not used to the different common
ways of communication there.

At the same time the possibilities seem endless here,
there is so much skill among the different groups of
craftsmen, and many of them are very specialized in
one specific material. There are also many different
kinds of raw materials in Vietnam, varying from
the different parts of the country.

Overall I’m very happy with the result of the
project and it turned out better than I had ever
expected. I have gained a lot of valuable experience
which I’m sure I’ll be able to use in the future, and
I’ve also made a lot of connections in Vietnam and
internationally which may also be useful in my
future work as a designer.},
  author       = {Westin, Johanna},
  issn         = {ISRN},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Diploma work},
  title        = {TEKNÉ: VIETNAM - A master project about design and handicraft in Vietnam},
  year         = {2012},
}