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Codes of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

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Examining bathing, modernity, heritage and nostalgia in India

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In praise of local idiosyncrasies – India vs Singapore & global homogeneity

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Ryan Hu

Ryan Hu grew up in Shanghai, graduated in Comprehensive Design then worked for international advertising agencies experiencing how world-class creativity works in the commercial realm. Instead of staying in his comfort zone, he shifted his study focus and spent 2014 studying on the MA in Design Futures & Metadesign at Goldsmiths, University London. Using radical and reflective methodological approaches to design and writing, Ryan engages with changing cultures and collaborative design practice. Personal website: www.tobehvh.com

Shanghai, China

Tim Spencer

Tim Spencer spent fifteen years in brand building for business, retail, fashion, and music, then five as an illustrator whilst starting a family. He joined a semiotics consultancy early 2010. Notable achievements; D&AD Silver nomination for hand drawn typography campaign (Paul Smith’s R.Newbold brand c1994); Global restructure of Caterpillar's brand licensing through self-authored workshop series; Re-branded UK's PrudentialPLC; Creative direction (and illustration) of the commercial launch of Scissor Sisters; hundreds of illustrations for BBC Top Gear; and two daughters.

Brighton, UK

Maria Papanthymou

Maria spent over 10 years in advertising and research agencies (including ACNielsen, Publicis, BBDO), where she worked mainly as Media Research Director. She completed a dissertation on visual semiotics in 2004 and after that started working as a freelance semiotician with several international companies. She enjoyed the methodology so much that in 2009 she decided to make it her main field of specialization and founded semiotic and cultural research agency LocalTalk. Maria holds Masters (Hons) degree in Sociology and PhD in Social Psychology from State University of Management, Moscow.

Moscow, Russia