Japan

13 inspiring examples of design thinking from Japan

As digital technology becomes more sophisticated and penetrates more parts of our lives, the importance of design thinking increases, too.

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to spend a week or so in Japan and there were several bits of everyday and unassuming design that struck me.

Though these were not digital examples, I thought I should share them anyway to provide a bit of inspiration.

How Japan’s Rakuten plans to become a global ecommerce giant

Rakuten is one of Japan’s biggest tech companies, yet it’s still relatively unknown in Europe.

It began as an ecommerce marketplace but has since diversified into areas such as instant messaging and banking.

CEO Hiroshi Mikitani aims to raise Rakuten’s profile outside of Japan with expansion plans driven by further acquisitions.

Global spend on online movies, games and mobile apps hit $57bn in 2013

2013 saw a year-on-year increase of 30% in global digital spend on online movies, games and mobile apps combined, topping $57bn (£34bn) in 2013 compared with $44bn (£26bn) in 2012.

It’s the rise of the mobile gaming market that is driving the biggest growth year-on year though.

These figures come from IHS Technology & App Annie’s recently published Digital Content Report 2013.

As King, the UK based creator of Candy Crush Saga, has just announced its intention to join the Stock Exchange after its profits grew 7,000% last year, and with game apps now driving overall games growth, now is a great time to take a look at the key takeaways from this report, concentrating particularly on the games category.