Friday, August 24, 2007

The difference between you and I. (for you so called intellectuals who look down on us designers)

I have three classmates who I can safely call my "friends". We hang out when there's no class, or we go to the same place for a bite during lunch break. Note is from Thailand, he's a rather Graffiti artist/Photographer. New is from Thailand too, he's a surrealist illustrator. I can safely say that he's one of the best creative illustrators I've ever met. Then there's Nick, Nick Bebbington.. An australian whose very good at colors who works at a K-Mart near Glen Waverley. I plan to start a design crew one day with one(if not all) of them one day. I even thought of the name. The Royale Flush. The logo would be a badass spade. Something simple and majestic like the Apple logo.

But scratch that. Let me share something with you academics who are currently doing engineering, commerce,law or any other sort of liberal arts. I find it ironic sometimes that I even have the ability to make friends in my class. You see, in my point of view.. I don't look at them as my "classmates", as in the way I used to do in high school. Where everybody's nice and they just wanna get pass the SPM phase and go to college. No, I look them as fucking.. competition. When you liberal arts people hand in assignments every month we dish out designs every week. Everytime when there's a submission deadline there's an exhibition where you display your work for the other peeps at Building 88, BA Communication Design to look and criticize your work. You come to class that day hoping not for that tall girl in glasses to get question 2.b wrong but for her to use grey instead of dark pink for her mature female demograph aimed shampoo bottle or maybe hoping that she used Helvetica Neue Ultralight rather then ITC Baskerville Regular that would obviously suit her design better. You check you tracking and the kerning for your main title and wonder whether the leading of your rationale is just right. Is the margin too narrow? The point size to big? Should I have used 8pt instead of 9pt. Does Verdana on my rationale represent my design's concept betther then Didot Regular?

There are NO books that you can study to be good at this. No study breaks before ur exams. Wait, we don't have exams. We just have a deadline at 9.30 and if there you just had to catch the next elevator because there was just too many people in the previous one, you're gonna fail if you arrive at 9.36.

"Oh, the blur effect come from the lens wan is it?!?! I tot you all pro!"

"OMG, I loooove using photoshop."

"Get a real degree can you?"

"Oh he's good because he's using an EOS yours is just a silly IXUS."

These were words that came from people that were studying law, engineering or even Biomedical Science. If you all were so called "academics", how can you all be so naive?

Skill and technical abilities in art come from practice. But the ability to see the special from the ordinary doesn't come around that easy. It takes interest, it takes observation and a lot of other things that I cant really explain. But im sure as hell it ain't books.

It's not that easy.


So, to you all that think people that people that do design are just idiots who cant do anything else (i got an A1 for chemistry and an A2 for physics for SPM, I know people who did worse are currently studying medicine), I hope this post sheds some light on ur fucking face.

Chao. (with a little visual feed)


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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Mt Dennenong.

Is that how you spell it?


Eugene and his friends came over to play poker last night. Since there's hardly anything left in my bank account I decided to be the dealer to join in the fun. The rule was whoever won an "all-in" move, they had to tip the dealer. So yea, a little bit of incentive never hurt anyone.

I ended up with 28 dollars after playing for four hours. Not much, that's still more then a few of them that lost money, and heck.. I didn't even play a single hand. In short, I had THE most steady income for that 4 hours. Haha. Jay Tsen, one of the players tipped me 5 dollars after the last hand cuz he won with an "all-in" move with pocket aces (his third of the night).

After sleeping really late (around 6?), I woke up late in the afternoon and just when I decided to fire up the "assignments" engines, since I practically wasted an entire day ( sun sets at around 5 - 6pm during this time of the year) Mun Fye called me to and asked if I wanted to go to Mt Dennenong with 'em. "For what?" I asked. "The view, trust me.. You won't regret it. Bring your camera."

"Oh that's why la."






The view was just OKAY, I won't say it's a disappointment as it was beautiful. City lights and stuff, just not worth the 1+hour of driving to nowhere. But it was fun though, from hearing the girls scream like maniacs when we were trekking through the jungle to singing along to Az Yet's "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" in the car. Haha. Oh and not forgetting the dried mutton curry at this mamak-like store on the way back.

2 cars. Zmat, Lina, Simon(which I just realised that I have way too many photos of him), Chia Ee, Kelly, Justin, Josh, Mun Fye and I.

Here's how it went :


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No introduction necessary.

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Kelly.

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Lina, Josh and Fye.

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All of them.

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The view. (it was a damn hill. the worst place for a tripod)



Ta.



Cheer up, gene. Get it/her of your head.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Go Simon. Go.

Here's the answer to why Simon was wearing rainbow tinted goggles in the middle of a park. One of my design assignments was to create a hypothetical festival. A "fringe" festival if you may. After a shitload of mind-maps and brainstorming, I created the "Playing Video Games in Mid-Air" Festival. Yea, I know it doesn't make sense and it's not even fucking possible, according to the assignment brief, it doesn't really matter, mate.


Haha.

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Well one of the project aims was to play with format shape, to be explore alternatives apart from the stereotypical rectangular. So I refined it. The brief also said it can only be a 2-sided printed/illustrated solution. Then I decided to bend the rules a little.






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How's that for format shape and application. Haha. I know it's still rectangular. but it's a transparency so it's kinda irrelevant.




Anyhoo, mine didn't exactly stand out la. Some guy did "Feces" Fest and made a piece of shit. No, literally. I'm not insulting his work. REALLY!


But she failed cuz it was off


Thursday, August 09, 2007

Shoot.

Today.. Simon, Chia Ee and I went to some park near Lygon Street for a shoot. Both of them happen to be really good models, undeniable chemistry. So it was heck a lot of fun.

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The aim was to start photography work on my upcoming design project.
Detail's still a secret until I submit, so stay tuned.

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I just realised this one doesn't look too good in monochrome.

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Chia Ee. Playing with the Bar Stool.
(which i brought to achieve really extreme angles for the shoot)
Camwhore.
Haha.

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Simon and I.

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Oh but this was taken much much later. I just like the mood.
This's Josh, another great subject. Haha.

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And this's me, the photographer. Very kawaii, i know.
You don't get much of this in my blog.
Ppl who haven't seen me in a while would probably go. (Whoa he's fat now..!!)
I couldn't agree more.

Zillieman. Out.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Argh.

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Don't stray away. Going shooting tomorrow and the next few days.
Stay tuned.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Coffee @ QV.

QV stands for Queen Victoria but it's actually quite a hip shopping complex down Swanston Street. It's the place where you find Safeway and Big W, it's where everybody gets their groceries. I had coffee with some friends, a day before I turned 19 in the usual place. Ironically, we just found out the place's name. Melbourne Tasting Room, we have been referring to it as "The place next to Max Brenner" for the past 4 months.

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This is Chia Ee. She took the next 2 photos.
Which I think are, kinda wonderful actually.
Or maybe we're just really good models.
Heh.

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Thanks a lot boys for the 2 nights and ee, lina and diana for the cake.
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