DI Post #010 – The National Museum

Our DI made a trip to the National Museum of Singapore last week to get a feel of the architecture between the old and the new building. Suffice to say, it had been an enriching experience and thanks to our lovely guide, Jane, she was able to tell us how the museum was built and of what purpose it was. I still can’t believe it was opened by Queen Victoria of England back in the old days.

Well we learnt a lot about the architecture of the buildings, especially the old ones where there were influences of Greek touches on the pillars and all. And the dome! It looked huge and marvelous under the scorching sun that day!

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We too visited this exhibition about carrier bags and I thought there were very nice designs, albeit really old.

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Well, hopefully I’d be able to visit more museums in the near future. ‘Till then, I’ll just revel in these memories for a bit :D

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DI Post #009 – Threadless.com

I’m sure everyone who is anyone would know what Threadless.com is right???? It’s the world’s most favourite T-shirt online shop that sells designs that several budding artistes around the world have made! What’s best is their christmas sales where shirts are sold at $5 or more.

Well, our class had an assignment to create a T-shirt and submit it to Threadless in hopes of getting accepted and win big, big bucks to boot. So I was wondering why not. And this was what I created.

To be honest, it leaves a lot to be desired. There is so much more I could’ve done to the design (especially the wolf, it looks like a flat dragon, Threadless even agreed.) This is by far my most disappointing art work ever. But besides wallowing myself in self-pity, the idea behind this design was to show that Little Red Riding Hood isn’t a small girl that could be easily trapped by a wolf. After all, a wolf still has it’s doggy instincts.

So I submitted it, and it got rejected. But better luck next time! When I have the time I would definitely go create a new design and try my luck again on Threadless :D

Also, Congrats to MJ for entering and getting accepted by Threadless!!! I bet Ms Nga will give a HUGE ANG POW to him :D

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DI Post #008 – Corporate = eew.

Back in one of my DI classes, we had to re-design a corporate advertisement that advertises….boring stuff. You know those kind of ads you see selling their business and what not? Using plain-like colours and their logos everywhere?? Yeah.

So we had to re-create this ad:

See? Boring boring boring!!!! D: I…wouldn’t even want to see it the second time.

It took me a while to create another design…

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I wanted to give a direct commentary on what the business boasts about, together with a witty comment and picture to show that their ideas will not go to waste. Instead, I personally think it looks kind of…odd. Though the only comments I had was to shift the logo to the right. What do you think?

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DI #007 – Mascots

I love mascots!

Those cute little things that bob around at fairs or stage performances. They just bring a lot of excitement to the audience! Mascots also, in fact, relates to the identity of the organisation or product. Just like the M&M mascots or the Mickey Mouse mascot for Disney products.

My favourite mascot of all century would have to be Pikachu, the mascot for Pokemon and a lot of Japanese stuff. It has been said that Pikachu is Japan’s answer to Mickey Mouse, a highly respective (and cuddly) mascot that is recognized in Japan and around the world.

Because the Pikachu mascot was so widely seen, they made merchandises of it from cars to toys to keychains. Besides branding the Pokemon series, it also brands Japan as a whole, bringing Japan to the world.

Mascots are sometimes the best way to brand a product. Especially those really really cute ones!

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DI Post #006 – Sketch, Sketch, Sketch

Many people think sketching involves a bunch of doodles that doesn’t make any sense (which is true most of the time) but sketches could actually give you an insight on how the artist work and the thought process behind their final product. Just like the picture above.

Personally, I love to sketch. Whether it’s incoherent or not, on sketchbooks or my lecture notes, I love sketching anything and everything depending on what I feel on that day and what I’m thinking. I also find sketching a way to express and take note of what I’m trying to draw.

Even if your drawing sucks in your opinion, just keep drawing. The more you practice, the more you’ll get better anyways :D

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DI Post #005 – What better way.

I met up with a senior of mine called Dexter Tay and he said the best way to create a portfolio for our internship is to re-create ads from anywhere. As for my assignment, that was what the given task was.

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Note: Top is original, Bottom is my version.

So I had the intention to make this a nostalgic, post christmas season sale for Nanyang optics and that’s how I tried doing the whole vintage look. Just so you know, I had some help online through tutorials and stuff and I added a bit of my own preferences here and there just to create this whole look. I guess I’ll do more when I have more free time to re-create ads. Personally, I think it’s a great way to show your future employers the potential you have in design and advertising.

I hope you guys like it. I took the whole day to do this without any breaks and now I’m so shagged D: And great I have Korean homework to do right now. A student’s life never ends.

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DI Post #004 – Singapore Design Festival

I know the design festival was like a month ago (or two, anyways I know it’s a really long time ago) and I haven’t found time to blog about it so now that I have time why not?

It was held on the 28th November 2009 at several places in Singapore like Suntec City and the old court house and it’s really intriguing to see the various designs that famous designers around Asia have created. I remembered visiting the Biennale last year and the a lot of the great art have really made a good impression on me. This time it was better. As abstract as the exhibitions were, I had fun figuring out what the designers were thinking. Here are some of my favourites from the exhibtions!

Especially liked the one about character design with all the little mascots from MTV and other advertisements. As a huge Korean fan, I’m also amazed at all the product designs from the exhibition at ION. Sheer genius.

That was a very eventful day with my design class, sad that we missed the one at Suntec and we had to go off as soon as it started.

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