knots and boomerangs// princesses and ponies

For those that remember that project I did for the Organization Anti-Social Geniuses last year, I was invited back to help with the redesign. TheOASG‘s concept was based off the idea of a portal to legal manga and anime, as well as writings related to the industry.

TheOASG-site

TheOASG-Twitter

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I suppose I should start practicing my writing, rather than just throwing down the projects I do. It’s been a really horrible habit of mine to just expect people to read on and understand my thought process, but over the last year, I realized that process is probably more important than the solution.

The other side is that a lot of designers I follow only present the polished final versions, but I suppose it’s a bit too late for me, and I rather like uploading all my rejected versions because I know no one will ever see them. People in interviews with me have told me that I lack focus, since I’m not an expert in any one design; I didn’t graduate out of an accredited design program; I’m learning development (mostly for fun and knowledge, not so much to be a full-stack developer, I like design)…anyways. I probably sound unsure of myself as a designer right now.

Here goes.

TheOASG Logo Design & Graphics

TheOASG (formerly “Organization ASG”) was founded as a blog that showcases where fans can watch anime and read manga legally online, in addition to being an industry space for those in the industry to share their thoughts. With a strong belief that there is a more aggressive way to highlight ways to support the industry, while also being an outlet to be critical about it, the logo design was designed as a pivot point from the original concept of an organization that looks on, to an open portal the supports those core beliefs.


Design:
Client: TheOASG
December 2015

The final solution combines the portal and the typography of the original Organization ASG logo.
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I’ll be helping them out with graphics and design between all the projects related to job-hunting, so if you’d like, follow them on Twitter or any of their other social channels. And as always, send me a message if you have any comments or feedback.

It’s not actually black. I know, I know.
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I really like the designs for the Mandarin place-mats, wonder why.
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I’ll write bit more about the student portal I helped design/develop recently on a team of 13+ people later, after I get all my files in order. There are a lot of positives, but sometimes I feel like half my pull requests went down into the Git conflict abyss and never resurfaced. I can see why people like designing utopian projects and redesigning other people’s apps newbie designers can fall into the trap of creating untested projects for their portfolios, because you can completely ignore time, business, and development restraints. The experience was definitely very different.
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I’ve met a lot of people outside of Waterloo for once, and I can’t say that I’m socially adept at talking with everyone. I’m learning, though. Maybe this is “empathy.”

Best wishes for the new year!

Is this what they call “product design”?
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