A publication + passion project on knock-off Chinese Apple devices.
Shanzhai Digest is an in-depth discussion of knock-off iPhones made in China (known as 山寨机 shanzhaiji).
During a 2010 trip to Shanghai, I spotted my first shanzhai device: a knockoff iPad that functioned as an alarm clock and music player. Who were these devices for? How were they designed and manufactured? What's the culture in China around shanzhai devices? This instigated a five month research project where I conducted interviews, delved into research, and emerged as the designer, developer, and author of a small online digest on these knockoff Chinese electronics known as shanzhaiji.
You can see Shanzhai Digest here.