from Pradodesign Elizabeth Holmes’ Downfall Has Been Explained Deeply—By Men No one seems to have listened to the Theranos founder in her own words. Until now. https://ift.tt/2mwdwgl https://ift.tt/1P9I4xH
from Pradodesign The Challenge of Teaching Helicopters to Fly Themselves Aviation companies like Sikorsky are working on self-flying helicopters, a technical ordeal that makes robo-planes look easy. https://ift.tt/2uMXLpk https://ift.tt/1P9I4xH
from Pradodesign Sweden’s Engaging Care raises $800,000 for its digital healthcare SaaS
Engaging Care, a Swedish heathtech startup co-founded by Charlotta Tönsgård, who was previously CEO of online doctor app Min Doktor before being asked to step down, has raised $800,000 in “pre-seed” funding to continue building out its digital healthcare SaaS. Backing the burgeoning company are a host of well-established angel investors in the region.
They include Hampus Jakobsson (venture partner at BlueYard Capital and co-founder of TAT, which sold to Blackberry for $150 million), Sophia Bendz (EIR at Atomico and the former Global Marketing Director at Spotify), Erik Byrenius (founder of OnlinePizza, an online food ordering company sold to Delivery Hero) and Neil Murray’s The Nordic Web Ventures.
With the aim of dragging healthcare into the digital age, but in a more patient-friendly and patient-centred way than tradition electronic medical record systems, Engaging Care is developing a SaaS and accompanying apps to bring together patients, healthcare providers and partners to be “smarter and better connected”. Unlike software and digital services that work outside existing healthcare systems, the startup’s wares are billed as being designed to work within them. It is initially targeting people with long-term health conditions.
“There has been tremendous progress made in the healthcare sector over the last decade. New advanced drugs, new methods for surgery and other treatments, but how healthcare workers share important information with the patient and the interaction between caregiver and patient still basically happens the same way it did 50 years ago,” Tönsgård tells me.
“The systems of today are still designed around the doctor – even though we might spend as little as 15 minutes with him or her every year, but hours, days and years alone with our condition. On top of this, most western healthcare systems are struggling financially, with an ageing population, more prevalence of chronic diseases and a shift in expectations from the public, adding to the challenges”.
In order to maintain current levels of service and make room for medical breakthroughs and new treatments that are happening at an increasing pace, Tönsgård argues that individual patients and healthcare providers need to work together in a different way. And that begins with empowering patients to better understand and take greater control of their health conditions and treatment — which is where a platform like Engaging Care can help.
“Our ambition is to become the first truly global healthcare system; supporting us as individuals to be more in control, and to make better decisions about our healthcare and to provide digital tools for healthcare providers to share knowledge and use their resources more efficiently,” she says.
“Our goal is to become the end-users first point of contact, but the clinics/healthcare providers are our customers. Right now we’re targeting specific clinics, but in the end, our platform will support any type of healthcare”.
The first “vertical” Engaging Care is exploring is patients who have gone through an organ transplant. “It might sound like a strange place to start, but it’s actually perfect in many ways,” says Tönsgård. “Both in terms of the possibility to make a difference for the patients and the care teams, but also in terms of a landing pod when going international”.
This has seen the company work with a small number of clinics in Sweden that are performing organ transplants to put patients through a pilot of the software. The first stages of commercial discussions are underway and Tönsgård is hopeful of securing the first customer this Fall, which will coincide with a full launch of the Engaging Care platform. “In parallel, we’re exploring multiple options for which verticals to kick off next,” she adds.
Meanwhile, Murray of The Nordic Web Ventures concedes that Engaging Care’s goal to be the first platform that enables a truly global healthcare system is “incredibly lofty,” but says that if anyone has the “drive, passion, ambition and guts to pull this off then it’s Charlotta and team”.
from Pradodesign Teak House | Pham Thanh Huy
Designed by Pham Thanh Huy, Teak House is the result of a journey seeking for the beauty of architecture in the interplay between culture and environment. In this interesting and arduous journey, we have been looking for the harmony of architecture, interiors, materials and natural wood techniques to create a delicate and sustainable house.
The villa located on a pine hill in Flamingo Dai Lai Resort was renovated to become the escape place from the busy of the city. The wood walls along with light color and rough stone bring a friendly, cozy and close to the natural atmosphere to the users.
Photography: Quang Tran
The wooden house is popular in Vietnam, but here to adapt to the context of pine forest, the architect chose artificial stone combined with Teak wood to build a villa in the North European style. Teak wood was used to build sea-going ships, it can withstand the harsh climate in northern Vietnam. Understanding lots of wood processing and witnessing the exploitation of wood leading to the destruction of forests, he decided to choose Teak wood from regenerated wood forests that is suitable for local climatic conditions but the re-exploitation does not affect the environment.
As architectural critic Jack Self said: “We can not find a universal formula for beauty.” This is true at Teak House – a house with contemporary design and North Europe style among the pine forest in northern Vietnam offers a new promising design.
Photography: Quang Tran
In order to integrate the house into the surrounding hill and pine forest, we renovated the design from 2.5 stories to 2 stories. At the same time, it had to remain the function including 03 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, living room… Our solution was to deepen the foundation of the house to increase the height of the first floor to 5.4 m, then added a mezzanine floor.
The ground floor features a living room, kitchen, dining room facing the front yard and the back garden, and a small bedroom in the mezzanine floor. At the landing of the stairs is the entrance to the mezzanine bedroom. Continue to move through the wood stair above the garden with soils and trees, we will meet the living room adjacent to the main bedroom on the first floor. On the duplex space, there is a glass floor connecting to the swimming pool and the garden. This pool-garden is the main feature landscape to arrange function rooms around.The facade is cladded with a layer of Teak wood combined with rough stone. The entrance to the lobby area is natural stone steps that rise above the grass. Natural wood wiping the oil and exquisite furniture in the Nordic style make the simple design of the living room. The highlight of the room is a white oiled cupboard, suspended in the Φ320 steel tube with the function of reversing the living, cooking and eating space.
In this house, you will always feel the breeze blowing slowly from nowhere as the architect has put in an interesting effect that the entire ceiling fan system is hidden on the wood ceiling. Other technical systems (air conditioner, sound, fire protection, lighting, etc.) are also hidden in the ceiling to “clean” the interior.
Photography: Quang Tran
In the middle of the living room, a steel heater ceiling by Gyrofocus becomes the solution for the cold winter of the area but also a symbol of Nordic style in this house.
The kitchen is hidden behind a wooden rustic cabinet. A large wooden surface combined with 08 ‘The Thair’ chairs by Hans Wegner is used in the dining room. Above the dinner table is the bottom of the swimming pool with concrete color hanging three lights.
Two-layered walls with large veranda work as a solution against the negative effects of the four seasons of the area. The interior space is opened to the views of the garden, pine forest, and lake, while the staircase system embracing the duplex space helps the wind to run through the whole rooms.
The caring of architects is expressed in the use of transitional materials: natural stone steps at two different cotes, large wood panels connect the garden under the stair and the wood floor, stone combines with wood, gives the interior a sense of cozy minimalist style.
The teak house is a mix of elements of status quo, architectural form, and use – an architect’s peak in finding a new style. It also demonstrates his “obsession” with woodworking techniques and teak wood – a solution facade for a tropical climate, and a good material for finishing works as well as interior furniture. That’s why we call it ‘wood form home’.
Photography: Quang Tran
Architects: Pham Thanh Huy
Location: Ngọc Thanh, Vietnam
Architect in Charge: Pham Thanh Huy
Area: 460.0 m2
Project Year: 2017
Photographs: Quang Tran
Manufacturers: Hans Wegner, Focus
Project Name: Teak House
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from Pradodesign Shuyang Art Gallery | UAD
Shuyang Art Gallery designed by UAD, This project is located in the hometown of traditional calligraphy, Shuyang, Jiangsu province, and is positioned as the calligraphy art gallery to display and inherit Shuyang calligraphic style.
The concept of architecture abstracts the most fundamental three colors, black, white and red of Chinese calligraphy from rice-paper, brush-pen, seal and creates a pure space experience with pure colors.
The aesthetic interest of the calligraphy in the architectural layout referring to Zheng Banqiao ’s calligraphic style is to respond to the ideological and practical work, the light and heavy, and the opening and closing of the calligraphy through controlling the size of the building, space, the contrast of the materials and so on.
Photography: Qiang Zhao
The largest exhibition hall along the street has the red-bricked exterior wall, like a condensed seal printed on the elegant scroll of ink and wash. The way of cutting the corner through the arc surface strengthens the iconic character of the building along the street, forming a unique lasting appeal. Red brick is Yixing clay brick, adopting three kinds of lining according to the different locations. The lower brick head outstands the wall, and the upper part intrudes the wall and cut part is flatly lined, forming different textures.
The ink volume and angle are cut and painted with dark grey fluorocarbon paint, and the wall presents a subtle color change in the blue sky, such as the giant stone, such as the ink block, with a simple and profound texture. At the bottom of the body, the rounded corners are processed to show the sense of gravity in calligraphy.
Photography: Qiang Zhao
The white volume selects prefabricated concrete hanging board, and the surface is treated with a vertical chisel, such as rice-paper, which formed a delightful contrast to the smooth and fine ink surface. The bottom of the body is overhanging to show a floating state, reflecting the spirit of detachment in calligraphy.
The tranquil water in the entrance is set up to keep off the noise of the outside world, and the visitors are introduced into the gallery by a bridge on the surface of the water. The continuous transition of space makes the visitors compose the mind quickly before entering the exhibition hall.
The spatial relationship is controlled by the layout of “sparse enough to run a horse, dense enough with no needle”. It is close to keeping a narrow lane of only 2 meters wide. Both sides are pure black and white volume, making people feel to walk among the books. Space will turn to an open courtyard and create an open space effect.
1F Floor Plan
There is a gray space in the way that the volume of the body is dug in an introverted manner, and the outdoor space can be extended into the indoor rest area. The tourists can enjoy the interesting space experience during the visit.
All the exhibition halls are open space without columns, which can be arranged freely according to the exhibition needs. Glass corridor connects the exhibition halls, in order to facilitate continuous exhibition. In the middle of the red-bricked exhibition hall, there are light wells through 3 floors, which creates a bright and transparent indoor space.
The paved road and roofed courtyards are inspired by the abstract pattern of the ink spreading. Through the different grayscale changes of the granites in the paved fields, an ink painting is formed.
Architects: Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University
Location: Nanjing W Rd, Shuyang Xian, Suqian, Jiangsu, China
Lead Architects: Danshen Dong
Design Team: Jian Chen, Jian Ni, Yi Cai
Area: 10475.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Qiang Zhao
Project Name: Shuyang Art Gallery
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from Pradodesign Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Czech Ice Hockey by Go4Gold
“The Lion, The Puck, and The Wardrobe”
Established in 1908, the Czech Ice Hockey Association (recently renamed Czech Ice Hockey in English and Český Hokej in Czech) is the national governing body of ice hockey in the Czech Republic and one of the founding member associations of the International Ice Hockey Federation. Czech Ice Hockey is also responsible for the men’s and women’s national teams representing the country in international competitions, including the Olympics and although they haven’t won gold since 1998, they are historically considered one of the top hockey teams in the world. Recently, Czech Ice Hockey introduced a new identity designed by Prague-based Go4Gold.
A microsite with more information and images is available here.
The new dynamic logo is inspired by the lion which – as the country’s official symbol – has been present on the jerseys of Czech ice-hockey players for almost a hundred years. The logo’s coloring is based on the colors of the Czech national flag, and it is supplemented with “ice” shading. The lion is firmly connected with the puck, much as ice-hockey is associated with modern Czech history. The six spikes of the lion’s mane refer to six players on the ice, and if you take a closer look at the lion’s eye, you will discover the outline of the island of Štvanice in Prague, which is were the Czechoslovaks won their first ever world championships.
Go4Gold project page
Logo. The lion icon was drawn in collaboration with Tomas Vachuda.
The old logo was pretty bad although, to its credit, it tried to cleverly used the Czech Republic flag as the basis for its confusing hockey-stick-reflected-in-water rendition of some kind. The sad puck in the depressing gray bar sealed its fate as a terrible logo. The new logo is more in tune with the growing Americanization of European sports logos, which is probably not our most popular export. Nonetheless, it’s undoubtedly a better logo visually and conceptually (perhaps a little heavy-handedly).
The lion comes from the Czech Republic’s coat of arms and its wagging tongue has been transformed into a hidden puck, which is kind of clever (but also kind of weird — I’ll beat someone to the punch and quip that the lion looks like it’s coughing the Nike swoosh). As a self-contained unit (or floating head) the icon is quite effective and can be used freely across applications. The wordmark is fine; perhaps feeling slightly heavy and static but let’s appreciate that it doesn’t have spikes and wisps to match the lion’s mane.
The logo works great as a system and will certainly help consolidate the efforts of the organization and make it clear that they are the ones behind all things Czech ice hockey.
Custom fonts by Tomáš Brousil.
Not much else to say about the custom fonts… They are fine but a little dry. The numerals are quite nice though.
The applications are straightforward and display a good dose of organizational seriousness that gives the logo some extra gravitas.
The ads take on a more vivid execution with duotone gradient action photos and some more visible lion-mane-lightning-bolt graphics. It starts to look kind of cool but the type treatments are not the most flattering.
In merchandise, the logo looks pretty great and it will give ice hockey fans a proper and exciting design to wear in support of their team.
from Pradodesign India’s BookMyShow pulls in $100M to grow its online ticketing business
BookMyShow, an online ticketing service for cinemas, theatres and sports in India, has pulled in $100 million in new capital for growth.
The Series D round was led by private investment firm TPG Growth and it included participation from undisclosed existing investors. BookMyShow, which is headquartered in Mumbai, has now raised a total of $225 million from a range of backers that include Accel, SAIF and New York’s Stripes Group.
When reached by TechCrunch via investors, the company declined to discuss details of the funding or the plans to utilize it.
“[TPG Growth] brings with them extensive wealth of experience across the global media and entertainment sector which would be instrumental as we look to accelerate our growth plans in this space. The strategic value that all our investors continue to provide us will also be of immense importance as we begin a new chapter of our standout story,” said BookMyShow CEO and founder Ashish Hemrajani in a prepared statement.
On that experience, TPG’s investments in the entertainment industry include Cirque du Soleil, Spotify, STX Entertainment, Vice Media and MoreTickets so you can imagine that the startup will find value from both that network and the experience that the firm has accrued working with its portfolio.
BookMyShow was in expansion mode in 2017 when it made four acquisitions, which included rival ticketing startups Townscript and MastiTickets. The case of Townscript, which is a self-serve platform, post-acquisition the business is said to have tripled the number of events on its platform and doubled revenue, too.
The firm has already ventured overseas with operations launched in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, so the capital may go towards more verticals expansions and other international market launches.
from Pradodesign Monterey Residences | ONG&ONG
Designed by ONG&ONG, Part of the impressive Eco Sanctuary Masterplan, the Monterey Residences development builds on a pre-existing mandate to place elegance and refinement firmly within reach. Poised to provide the ultimate setting for resort-style living, Monterey Residences strikes a fine balance between affordable luxury and touches of natural splendor – fully embodying the core ideals of the greater eco-haven masterplan.Monterey Residences was crafted through a meticulous design process that saw close collaboration between architects and developers. Predicated on the integration of nature with the built environment, the development was conceptualized as a green lung, with more than 35% of the land parcel devoted to green landscapes and natural features. Contributing to the idyllic green setting, Monterey Residences also features an abundance of water bodies that total almost 10.19ha, including an expansive lake that sits adjacent to the development.
Imagined as community-centric design, Monterey Residences was conceptualized with a focus on connectivity, continuity, and permeability. The greater Eco Sanctuary development sits in close proximity to major transportation networks, with easy access to major freeways and roads connecting it to surrounding towns and cities. Internally, different parcels within the development are linked through landscaped trails and lush back lanes, which also bestows the entire development with a sense of continuity.Within the Monterey Residence itself, connectivity begins with a lush pedestrian spine that dissects the land parcel. Envisioned as a lush, active artery anchoring the site, the pedestrian spine will also contain a central clubhouse that will act as an axis. Arranged into clusters, residential units a grouped together radiating away from the clubhouse and pedestrian spine – spreading outwardly across the sprawling land parcel.Homes within the Monterey Residences have been designed in a range of styles and layout configurations, unified by pockets of green backyard spaces and tranquil lanes proliferated with natural light and air. Created to draw upon the pervading Malaysian vernacular, Monterey Residences takes things a step further by amplifying the spatial and programmatic characteristics. Homes will be defined by features such as deep balconies, high ceilings, and staggered facades, along with breathtaking views of the surrounding green backdrop – enhancing the assimilation between the built environment and nature.Aiming to cater to a wide variety of prospective homeowners, the development is bolstered by an impressive array of facilities allowing for a diversity of lifestyle pursuits. In addition to the majestic central clubhouse, onsite facilities will also include the recreational lake, jogging trail, bicycle lanes, pedestrian walkways, multi-purpose hall, as well as a children’s playground.Project Info:
Project Director: Tan Kee Keat
Architecture Team: Yip Kah Kuen
Main Contactors: M/S KITACON SDN BHD & M/s HMK BINA SDN BHD
Client: Eco Sanctuary Sdn Bhd
Project Name: Monterey Residences
All Images Courtesy Of ONG&ONG
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from Pradodesign Alibaba boosts its offline reach with $2B+ investment in outdoor digital marketing firm
Alibaba is investing big bucks into offline distribution. The Chinese e-commerce giant has forked out $2.23 billion in exchange for a sizeable piece of Focus Media, a Shanghai-based company that operates outdoor digital advertising screens across China, Singapore and Hong Kong, according to a U.S. filing.
The deal itself is broken up into a few pieces. Alibaba itself is paying $1.43 billion for a 6.62 percent share of Focus Media, which is listed in Shanghai, It is also spending $504.7 million to buy 10 percent of an entity (managed by Focus Media founder and chairman Jason Nanchun Jiang) which controls 23.34 percent of Focus Media.
In addition, an Alibaba-aligned fund called ‘New Retail Strategic Opportunities’ is buying 1.37 percent of Focus Media, while Alibaba itself is planning to exercise an option to buy five percent more of the business over the next twelve months. That additional transaction will add another $1 billion or so to the total investment, dependent, of course, on Focus Media’s stock price.
That’s quite a mouthful but the objective of the deal is simpler to grok: Alibaba already has a formidable online channel to interact with consumers and now it is expanding what it can do offline.
Focus Media currently claims to reach 200 million middle-class consumers across 300 Chinese cities via its outdoor advertising platform, which includes digital screens in streets, in subways and in elevators. The company plans to grow that to 500 million people across 500 cities, and that ties into Alibaba’s online-to-offline strategy, which it also calls ‘New Retail.’
That has seen the company buy up expensive stakes in offline retail businesses with the goal of marrying the benefits of online shopping — such as quick delivery, easy to find products and easy payment — with the customer experience of brick and mortar stores, like in-person customer service and try-before-you-buy.
It isn’t hard to imagine a scenario in which a consumer sees a product advertised via Focus Media with the option to buy it, or arrange to see it in a store, simply by scanning a QR code. (Lest you forgot, QR codes are huge in China and a very key component in online/offline shopping.)
Beyond the New Retail push, the distribution provided by Focus Media offers sellers on Alibaba’s e-commerce platform an alternative avenue through which to reach potential customers, particularly within China’s growing middle class.
Will people reject being bombarded with ads on their commute or downtime, especially when they could just open an app on their phone? Alibaba likely isn’t keen to take the risk, and given the vast amount of cash it is sitting on this deal isn’t going to be a huge risk.