Week 1

The first week of the past three semesters were bearable but this time round, not so much. An endless amount of briefings and a handful of jobs to be done in a short timeframe. However I’m so excited to see what this semester has in store for us. It’s pretty darn exciting already!

Over the next five weeks, us communication designers will find ourselves designing and producing a magazine which is to be based on five categories chosen by our lecturers: Architecture, Interiors, Design, Fashion, and Food. It’s entirely up to us to design it accordingly to how we feel is best suited for our idea. There’s no restrictions, it just has to look ah-mazing. Along with magazine design we have to come up with an innovative promotional piece for YUPO, a Japanese paper company who are well-known for producing quality durable synthetic paper. The final product should be a 3D mock-up that has an end-use and clearly shows the functionality of synthetic paper. Fortunately for us our hard work won’t just be graded, our ideas could  potentially be chosen by YUPO to promote their BJ Ball’s paper range.

Next we have readings/essays/group tasks that must be done every week for our media and communication tutorial (our only theory subject). Nothing much to explain there, we’re mainly learning about the mechanics of communication and how history and technology play a role in the way we live today. Lastly, we have our own electives and I chose to do Exhibition Design. We as a class get to design a complete end of year event showcasing what Communication Design has to offer. I chose the elective because I’ve never been a part of a large-scale project and to me it’s an exciting experience to work collaboratively. It’s actually like envisioning a big party that should be memorable for you and for the public. It’s all about working with the space around you much like an art installation.

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At the beginning of each class this week we looked through examples of different types of print design to help inspire us (I think it’s also an indication that this semester is heavily print based ). It inspired me to collect and subscribe to magazines, books, flyers etc. The internet’s always chaotic, it’s better off to look at some hard copy for a change.

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Glad to be a part of this team. Really excited to see the design on a shirt!

Was a pleasure working with Panel Clothing

Top 5 artists I adore at the moment

Along with my main favorites – Ming, Lee, Goda, Dali, Vasarely, Escher, Prete – there are always a number of artists today with a talent that deserve to be praised.

1.  Minjae Lee

This artist is worthy of another mention. I get compared to this guy a lot and that’s because I am deeply inspired by many of his creations. You’ll notice that ‘Lines’ and ‘My Own Reflection’ is much like his piece ‘The Dream’ and ‘Circulation’. I’m a huge fan. No words can explain how amazing he is, his works will have you begging for more.

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2. Pixie Cold

Like myself, Pixie Cold likes to employ plenty of color to alleviate her subject matter. She’s primarily known for doing artistic eye make up and drawing flamboyant eyes. There is a burst of energy with her art so be sure to visit her site.

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3. Erik Jones

Known for his exciting use of mixed media, he exposes a unique, figurative style using a combination of watercolors, pencils, acrylics, waxes and oils. The shapes look like they’re cut out from bits of colored paper but they’re actually drawn and painted. Impressive!

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4. Gabriel Evans

I stumbled upon this talented Children’s book artist on a charity artbook page and I was fascinated by the cuteness and friendliness of his art. Growing up I was always fond of reading children’s literature (I still am) and I love how his art instantly takes you back to your childhood days.

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5. Ben Heine

I see Heine as an innovator. He’s not your typical artist. In fact he looks at a broad spectrum of art methods that include a list of digital, traditional and conceptual work. Known for his pencil vs camera technique he is able to capture a quirky, playful and fun personality.

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A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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