Ziwei Zhang



Retail Blog Entry #8


I think it is good for retailers to be transparent about their financial performance. Being transparent of the financial performance to customers means anyone is able to view it without a permission. In fact, it is not only good for customers to be able to look at, but also better for their competitors, business analysts, or investors to see and judge.

In my opinion, normally customers do not spend time especially to take a look at a company’s financial statement on its website. They only hear from what is being said in the news or other social media channels when there are significant changes in operation of the company. However, whether customers will look at company’s financial performance or not, it is necessary and important for the company to be financially transparent to the public. It indicates that the company is not hiding anything unethically or illegally. No matter it is decreasing in revenue or suffered from large number of debt or not, customers would like to know how the company actually performs. Therefore, being transparent with customers also means being honest with them.

On the other hand, it is good to let the competitors and business analysts to know the company’s financial performance in order to make prediction and adjustment accordingly. As the article “The Importance Of Corporate Transparency” mentioned, “less information means less certainty for investors.” Decisions would be made if investors not not know the company well enough.

All in all, being transparent about financial performance is important and necessary to both the company and its customers, competitors, business analysts, and investors.



Links of Sources

  1. (I followed many photographers and designers.)
  2. (There are many good quality photos on this website.)
  3. (Many art pieces are captured and can be found here.)
  4. (It gave me idea of what font would go well in my map project.)
  5. (I personally enjoy watching food channels and architecture channels. I was always amazed by the practical art, which I believe it is somewhat related to our course Principles of Design.)
  6. (There are not much high-quality photos on this social media website, but it shows how important design is. It immediately shows the better organized and styled design is, the more followers an account will have.)

Powerful Color Images


This photograph presented that hue reflects differently in different lights. The colors of the three walls all naturally impact each other in a warm way. Additionally, I really like how the lady dressed in white. It even matches the background of my blog page, which emphasis the beauty and balance of this photograph.


I was totally amazed by this photograph that I saw on a website. I have been to zoos and took photos of the animals, but mine were nothing like this one. There are only three colors and just a touch of green leaves at the bottom. Several pink-feet cranes are scratching under the light that brought me attention all on them. Their shadows are really interesting to look at as well. These black shadows match the shadows of the leaves and balanced the whole image so that the light side would not be too light and the dark side would just be perfect enough to set off these animals.



I like all kinds of glasswares because of their transparency. They have the magic ability to fit in any different styles, colors, light, and locations of an environment. Glasswares have their own way to emphasis their shape of bodies, which also show how elegant they are. Additionally, they can reflect any objects that are in front of them.


By looking at this piece of art in MoMA, it is refreshing. There are so many different kinds of black, green, and white, but the artists just picked these three and they all worked perfectly well together. I assume it is accumulated experience and talented sense that make this painting success.


Knowing that the least color combined it better, but this painting just blowed me away. It’s like a rainbow on one painting and it is really beautiful seeing not only the variety of colors, but also the variety of shapes. Most importantly, the way it hangs on the wall looks really great. The background color also makes it stand out.

Strange Maps 3

A Map from the Silver Age of Comics


Strange Map 1



Strange Maps 2



3 Interesting Book Covers



Villas: Superb Residential Styleby Sibylle Kramer

People say, “fashion is wearing under colors of three” and I believe book cover designs do follow the same trend. Showing simplicity of the cover is vital to attract customers buying it. Black, blue, and white are nearly the only three colors showed on the image.


娼年 by 石田 衣良

Personally, I love reading these books that do not show what they are written about from their book covers. This Japanese novel was written by one of my favorite writers – Ira Ishida (石田 衣良). I could even imagine his writing style through looking at his book covers. No fancy languages, but very addictive.


人生若只如初见 by 安意如

This is a book in Chinese language that I bought several years ago when I was in middle school. The book talks about the history and gossip behind few poems and articles along with author’s personal perspectives. The reason why I bought it was mainly because of the book title. The meaning of this book title is so beautiful and it perfectly matches the background of the book cover – rose pink lotus peacefully bloom at the bottom of the book cover. Simplicity and peace are what the book gives me at the first glance.

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