Singapore is the low-octane Tokyo, a sanitised but pleasant ex-pat haven that is now attempting to rebrand itself as the creative hub of South-east Asia.
Stockholm in November isn’t a particularly appealing prospect, but the annual Future Design Days conference has a reputation as one of the best of its kind in the world, and this year they invited us along as international media partner.

"Design is really simple. It makes you want to buy. So by doing design I get money but I don't think I'm doing much for the artistic part of me. In my opinion art is more about grabbing someone's heart than design."

The legendary graphic design magazine has printed its last issue. We look back over its 20-year history and lament that no current forums are matching its relevance, urgency or design mission.
Is this Swiss architect a dinosaur on the run from modern society, or a purist building for the human spirit? Both.
Miami is the first destination on the international design circuit to treat design like art - selling it to connoisseurs, not consumers.
The theme of Future Design Days was Shift, and speakers were supposed to ponder the implications of accelerating rates of change in everything from computer technology to global travel patterns. Not all of them did, but who cares? Here are a few of our favourite speakers from the conference.

I've returned to the real world, says Toyo Ito. Or he might have said: "I can now look more towards the real world." Or perhaps: "I now focus more on the real world than the virtual world."

Tokyo just gets more exciting each time we go back, with an increasing number of international designers in town at the start of November when three major events come together.