Product Design

Vietnamese Vessel Design
The construction of the working boats on the Mekong reflects the scrappy ingenuity of the Vietnamese that build and operate them — Retro-fitted Toyota truck prop engines, re-used rubber tire…
Motorbike as Platform
Why have motorbike manufacturers not developed kits for transporting various cargo, 3 or more passengers, or surfboards? After spending 6 months in South Asia, I started to see the Honda…
Gilli Taxi
The Gilli Islands off Lombok, Indonesia are car-free, coral fringed islands. Now that the islands are squarely on the South Asian backpacker and mid-ranger path, local taxi drivers have designed…
Elect by Number
Sri Lankan parliamentary election, 2010. Numbers signify candidates as part of their postering campaigns. The numbers match the candidate’s listing on the ballots.…
Outrigged
Fishermen off the coast of Mirissa, Sri Lanka trolling for big fish with homemade outrigging.…
Leave No Trace
The Balinese make daily offerings to the spirits. The intricate and well-crafted offerings are made of bamboo reed, banana leaves, fruits, cooked rice, flowers, incense, and other organic materials. They…
Versatility
The hand sickle is one of the most common tools in South Asia. People use them to harvest rice, garden, clear paths, clean fruits and vegetables, and protect themselves. The…
Umbrella
An afternoon downpour in Bali drenched the rice fields.  We were sitting at a local café waiting for the rain to pass, drinking a beer and eating rice and blood…
Street Kitchens in Laos
Favorite street kitchens in Laos. From the banks of the Mekong in Vientiane to the night market in Luang Prabang, the sophistication and cleanliness of these temporary kitchens is incredible.…