ReignDesign attending GMIC Beijing 2014

gmic Matt is attending GMIC Beijing 2014 today and tomorrow, and guest-blogging for the GMIC Blog! GMIC is the major mobile internet conference in China, and this year's theme is "mobilising the next 5 billion".

You can read updates from the event on the GMIC blog or follow ReignDesign on Twitter for live updates and photos.

CocoaHeads Shanghai

On Thursday, May 8, ReignDesign will host the next CocoaHeads! CocoaHeads is a monthly meetup group for iOS developers and designers in Shanghai. The theme will be Beacons and Bacon. We can guarantee interesting talks about iBeacons, but there may be a shortage of the food of the gods.

Spaces are limited, so if you would like to join us, please RSVP here!


Making your own Shanghai street sign

At my recent engagement party we had designed some personalised Shanghai street signs! A lot of people asked me how to make one, so I thought I'd provide a tutorial.

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If you're not familiar with Shanghai street signs, this is how modern signs look! You'll still find older green signs around Shanghai, but all signs in central Shanghai use the new format.


My first step was to recreate the shapes, colors and fonts in Illustrator. If you don't have Illustrator you can download a 30 day trial version from Adobe as part of Creative Cloud.

You can download my completed Illustrator AI file here.

For fonts I'm using 黑体-简 for the Chinese text and Helvetica for the English text. You can substitute similar fonts if you don't have those on your computer.

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It's best to convert text to outlines before sending to a printer - you can do that in Type > Create Outlines.

Next, I contacted a printer: I can recommend PicJoy in Shanghai - you can email them on print at For 2 copies on A2 sized foam board, 1 side printing, matt lamination, they quoted me just 50 RMB.

In 1-3 days you should receive your street signs! You can easily cut them out of the board using an Exacta knife and a ruler.

If you make your own Shanghai street sign, do send us a picture!

Helping Local Entrepreneurs

LeiPing brochure & businesscard

LeiPing, originally from Sichuan, has been successfully running her own business as a masseuse and skincare specialist here in Shanghai for over 8 years.

How can we help small-size entrepreneurs in a way that enables them and their business to reach out to new markets?

We took a short break from our usual work and designed a brochure and business card for Lei Ping. This allows her to build her brand, and find new clients, Chinese and foreign alike.

It was good to step out of our daily routine and design for print for a day. Now, back to apps!

If you want to schedule an appointment, please contact Lei Ping at 136 3632 6672, or connect with her on WeChat (Jessicaleiping).

One small catch, she only treats women.

Lei Ping brochure LeiPing business cards


¡Tweetfeet no es Fácil!

Han visto este espectacular comercial de Carozzi?

¡Sí, ese teclado es real! y ReignDesign, tu empresa favorita en la creación de aplicaciones móviles, desarrolló las versiones móviles de TweetFeet.

!Es tiempo de terminar con el sedentarismo! Párate y twitea con tus pies.

La entretenida idea de escribir un tweet con los pies viene de la agencia BBDO. El teclado gigante usado en el comercial, como la interacción y back-end del proyecto fue realizado por MZZO. Juntos creamos esta nueva forma de Twittear.

Una vez que descargues TweetFeet, comienza a moverte y deja que tus pies escriban. Rotando tu teléfono te permitirá ver varias letras y símbolos. Una vez encontrada la letra correcta, haz una patada en el aire. Luego de escribir tu mensaje, hace un ¨shake¨ con tu teléfono y postea en Twitter o Facebook.

¿Buen entrenamiento, no? Tweetfeet es entretenido de usar, pero probablemente no reemplace una hora en el gimnasio a no ser que que tengas mucho que Twitear. La aplicación está disponible en Google Play y en la App Store.