The Growth of Chinese Design

15 Dec 2006|Cynthia Chan

Since the market reforms of the late 1970’s, China has gained a global reputation for mass production of cheap, often low-quality, consumer goods. No one expects this massive market of fakes to disappear suddenly or for the country’s manufacturing to be on par with that of Germany overnight, but China clearly is not content to be the world’s cheapest copycat. From having no design schools at all until 1982, China now boasts 450, with hundreds more in the planning phases.

Design is one of the most popular majors at Chinese universities, producing roughly 10,000 new employees a year for hundreds of new design consulting firms opening offices in China and to thousands of Chinese firms seeking not to emulate but to innovate.

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