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.


  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group