Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wedding Invites - Thanh & Geraldine

I've been working with a lovely couple from Australia, Thanh and Geraldine, for their wedding collaterals for the past couple of weeks and we decided to go with the above design for their final invite. Thoughts? Here are some other proposed design.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

It's a form of socially acceptable insanity

"Falling in love is a crazy thing to do. It's kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity." - Her.

I'm planning to make as many 'love' related artwork as possible as we're entering the season of love *wink *wink*. Have you watched Spike Jonze's Her?

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Mindy Project - Valentine's Day Card

Did you guys watch the jaw-dropping mid-season finale of The Mindy Project? The quote on this Valentine's Day card came from the letter that Danny typed for Cliff Mindy. [screams internally] 

2014 is going to be my year!

Snapped this photo earlier while having my afternoon coffee.
I don't mean to brag or anything (ok maybe a little) but 2014 (or maybe just this first month) has been a REALLY productive year (or month) for me. I've been making A LOT of art lately, I managed to give my thesis project a major face lift (video is still in the making), I get to bake some CNY cookies with le mom almost everyday this week, and I've been working on some wedding collaterals for a lovely couple in Australia. All in all, I still have time to socialize (and by socializing I mean grabbing a friend to go to Su-mo-boo and stuffing our faces with their spicy Buta Noodle)! I have a feeling this is going to be my year. Just sayin. I wish you all a wonderful weekend ahead! x

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars on Thatfandomshop

"That's the thing about pain.. it demands to be felt." - John Green, The Fault in Our Stars.
I'm glad to say that my passion project, Thatfandomshop, has been going great so far. The amount of love given by friends from Tumblr & Twitter are so overwhelming, so thank you! x

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Baking CNY cookies

Today I spent some time with le mother baking her famous CNY cookies. Well, I wasn't exactly baking, but hello, did you see how adorable those poop cookies that I made? Uh yeah. So, why aren't you following me on instagram? Muahaha. Seriously. @nameisirene

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thatfandomtype x Thatfandomshop

Hello! How's your 2014 going so far? Mine has been insanely productive, especially this week. I've launched a little side project called THATFANDOMTYPE where I created typographic posters based on quotes from famous (pop-culture) fandoms like Firefly, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, and of course, my favorite darling show, Castle. I'm also selling the artwork on Society6 under the name THATFANDOMSHOP. This is an exciting new journey for me. Making pop-culture related artwork has always been my favorite procrastination project and I'm glad I can finally bring it to a new level this year.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Drawing the line on ‘design favors’

Being a creative means that you'll constantly get asked to do 'design favors’ from friends and occasionally, your aunt's second cousin's sister's next door neighbor. A ‘design favor’ usually means that the designer is doing the work for free. I, personally, have done many of those "favors" for my dear friends in the past and I don’t, in anyway, regret doing them. I did those willingly for the reason that I know they approached me because they actually like and respect my work and I enjoyed working with them. 

I don’t, however, appreciate friends who approach me and ask for a ‘design favor’ just because they need someone who knows how to use ‘photoshop’ and don't wanna spend any penny on it. I’m 99% sure that they are not even familiar with my work at all. Second, most of these people came and approached me without making an effort to at least ask for a quote? This is what outrages me the most. If your friend owns a diner, you don’t go in, have a meal and just leave without the intention of paying. If your friend owns a clothing store, you don’t go in, grab a few clothes that you like and leave without paying, don’t you? So why should you treat a designer like that? Every time a friend did this to me, not only did he/she disrespect my work as a designer, they also disrespected me as a friend. 

What’s even more outrageous is, I’ve once received an email from a total stranger in India asking me to send them one of the wedding invites that I designed so that they can use it, for free. FOR FREE. I trashed that email right away and didn’t even bother to reply. Another ‘kind’ of approach that I truly loathe with the entirety of my being is the promise of exposure in exchange for payment. Yep, those go to trash right away too. Let me get this straight, there’s no such thing as free design.

“Of course, many people who would have you work for free value attention far differently than you or I might.. No, designing a logo for the zoo for free is probably not valuable either. And the argument that it is valuable (it's good for your portfolio!) is inevitably selfish and irrational. The lions get their food, the vets get paid and even the guy selling peanuts doesn't do it for free…” - Seth Godin.
The point I’m trying to make is, you should ALWAYS treat a designer with respect and this is how you respect a designer: if you want our creative help, at least make an effort to familiarize yourself with our work and NEVER assume that we’re gonna do it for free. If you’re low on budget, the least you can do is say so and offer to buy us a cup of coffee in exchange for our service. Respect, my friend. Respect. It's not that hard.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (poster remake)

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer,to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)