I wrote something for Design Week Portland about living with Chinese Creativity.
Alexander Barrett is a writer and illustrator currently stationed at Wieden + Kennedy Shanghai.
China has this funny habit of cutting you down to size.
"Oh, you want to live here? Well, if you want a visa, I’m gonna make you stand in line for three hours, then once you get here, I’m gonna poke and prod you for a few hours in a weird building next to the zoo."
Then if you’re still excited about being here, it says:
"Oh, you think you’re just going to waltz down the sidewalk? Well I’m gonna put 4 old ladies, 3 construction sites, 2 scooters, and a moving car directly in your path"
But most importantly:
"Oh, you think you’re creative? You think you know what ideas are? Well, every minute of every day, I am going to put sights and sounds in front of your eyes and ears that you could never have possibly conceived of and that are beautiful in ways that you could have never imagined. And guess what? I won’t even be trying."