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Welcome to LIFT issue 14

Welcome to LIFT issue 14

While fashion is one example of design, our design issue covers much more. Design can be applied to all sorts of things: graphic design, cooking, arts and fashion, all of which are featured in this week’s issue of Lift. Two weeks ago we wrote about ideas, and in many ways ideas and design are very closely related.

If you can take your ideas and turn them into an innovative design, you can do just about anything. Being a good designer, meaning someone who can create a unique solution or product, is an invaluable skill. However, as with all professions and talents, being a designer is not something you are born with, it is something that comes with hours of work and practice. Graphic designers must learn computer programs and study their art. Fashion designers must learn to draw, do pattern design and make clothes. While you may not think about it when you look at their products, thousands of hours of practice have gone into the clothes and advertisements we see every day.

To us, fashion is more about finding a style that fits you than it is about your ability to buy the hottest styles of the day. Although our article about fashion on page 8 is about the hottest styles of today, we challenge our readers to find a style that is uniquely their own. The clothing designers we also feature on page 8 are examples of what you can do when you start creating your own fashions.

Our feature about opportunities within the garment industry (page 3) involves the designing of clothes, but it is really about designing a solution to the problem of Cambodians not filling managerial and highly skilled positions within the industry.

We hope that by celebrating the designs of Cambodian youth, you will look around and find your own inspiration. What could be better? What could be better-looking? What needs to be fixed? These are the questions that designers must face. We challenge you to find the answers.


  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all