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origami bouquets// always

Congrats to Maplerose and Wartjr on their marriage!
Always” Piano arrangement – Erasure

Initial “sketch.”
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Comments: “Why is the ‘囍’ on the butt?””Shouldn’t they be on the same one?”
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Final~
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Messed up the colours on Maplerose’s dress, that’s what you get for forgetting to change it back to the white colour.

Wartjr imparted some advice on the remaining wedding party about long-term relationships: if you want it to last, you have to let go of your grievances with the other person as quickly as possible.

marching letters and dancing tune // endgame

Fire” – Raghav
Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5

I worked on a project with the Organization Anti-Social Geniuses over the break. I guess this post goes over my process (which may or may not be right) – if you have any pointers, let me know. ^^” Happy new year!

In context. Project completed January 1.

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I said I was going to do “sketches,” but this is what happened. . _ .
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One of the rejected version of the logo re-design. It’s been dubbed “stalker prototypes.”
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Version 1.
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Version 2.
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Colour test.
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Final.
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Some other stuff I’m working on for fun. :>
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Really rough, just blocking in where I want textures and images.
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“Barristers” and “baristas” use the same katakana. Trying out some new Japanese fonts as well.

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the original power// at noon

IMG_2244 It’s Aoba and Ren- in fact, the artist that draws the game they’re from drew my current wallpaper.

I’m into week 7 on of writing my column, and I think I’m getting hang of the structure and tone. However, I often get distracted trying to track down accurate additional information and editing my column to an acceptable length. I actually managed to kept it under 650 words (500 is the recommended maximum…) this week. I hope my topics haven’t been too simplistic or boring, I just don’t want to straight up review anime/manga/games. I do try to relate it to content in “mainstream” in some way, so I’m not drowning new people in otaku jargon. The next installment will come out on Friday, so pick it up in person, or read it online. Feedback welcome~

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As you can see, this is kind of an haphazard solution- I didn’t have time to think it through. Next time, no all caps in the banners, because it’s kind of overwhelming, especially if placed with other items.

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Screenshot of what the CTRL-A website looks like at the moment.

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This is the “original” kettle, though the second of four since I started working here.

I finish this post up with a few images of a kettle that we’re using at work. I suspect that because of the warranty, we got another kettle (the fourth one). As speculated by a co-worker, due to the number of people in the office that might want hot water/tea/instant coffee, the kettle might run up to 12 times a day, therefore wearing it down faster than, say, if used at home between fewer people. The other thing is that you can’t tell how hot the water is/how long ago it was boiled without doing a touch test.

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To operate, you have to fill it with water, and push up on the knob on the side. Though, I think for my perspective, the knob doesn’t indicate “up”; some kettles have a flat area to show that a thumb can press down, or have a push switch that indicates direction.

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Guess which button gets used the most? The kettle is actually “complicated,” as when you press the Power button, the kettle icon in the display flashes, but there is no indication that this is the sign for “boiling in progress.”

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Things to work on:
Upcoming CTRL-A event items (covering for Publicity at the moment), portfolio website upgrade, applying to jerbs, thinking about whether I should start doing freelance again.

beast shock// E.X.P.L.O.D.E.

Did a little bit of reading after seeing Edge of Tomorrow.
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Not much this week, been really busy organizing things for the anime club, and prepping things for applications. Also designed these Super Smash Bros. 4 posters for an upcoming 3DS meet-up and tournament event.

Maybe this joke is a bit too subtle? Poor Chrom~
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I always want more chances to use serif fonts. Sigh…
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Mario is a different resolution.
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Final versions, messed up the anti-aliasing, will remember for next time.
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SHOCK” by BEAST

in resonance// portable fear

Graphic for last week’s Mini Otaku Box column, kinda sloppy.
Kid~ This style is very much “I traveled backwards 4 years.”
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Club That Really Likes Anime voting poster! (Originally ANSI D size.)
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Misc. posters for the CTRL-A mini showing at the Renison’s 20th Annual East Asian Festival this weekend.
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2 Renison-CTRL-A Recruit

which way up// at gotham’s feet

I started writing for Imprint as a columnist. I didn’t know what to name my column, and any ideas I came up with already exist as anime blogs. At the end, the title became “Mini Otaku Box.” You can pick it up on campus in print, or read it online. I can’t say that I’ve ever written a column, so if you have pointers on this week’s column, let me know.

Super Smash Brothers 4 “What You Did in the Dark” AMV

I won’t take a photo of my column every week.
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There was another design/development event at Boltmade (called “Method Jam“), where different people would discuss topics from trying to push design earlier in the process, team building, the use of design sprints, and how to do business when most of the time people want features, or think they know what they want. There were a mix of people, from big enterprise to startups, but it was genuinely interesting and engaging. I gained a little bit more insight into the problems that companies might face, and how my current workplace has solved some of these issues. I’m not saying that UW has it right (there is room to improve, and it’s not like there isn’t a constant demand for new online courses), but it’s good to hear about strategies and contrasts.

While there, I met someone else that had started Coursera’s Human-Computer Interaction course, and was working through it with members of their team, and applying to projects at work. It turns out, you don’t have to follow schedule that is set, you can just do the course on your own time, and still be able to access the content after. Which means I can actually go back and finish up the rest of the course (I had originally dropped it to concentrate on the Python class). I think it covers user observation and Balsamiq (among other things), so it should be fun. “An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python” is starting soon, if you’re interested.

But yeah, design sprints…I hope to be able to attend more events like this in the future, or maybe someone at work will be interested in working on things like this with me. The Fluxible user-experience design conference is this weekend in K-W – maybe another year?

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Preview of the voting poster for Show 1.
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Dumping my unfinished doodles into here.
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I’ve done a lot of CTRL-A flyers before, but there’s always some way to tweak it.
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rise, reset, revolve// time-spun

I’ll update with a news post after I finish moving. Still working on the rest of the drawings that will be going on the membership cards, as well as the banner and posters, but here’s what I have so far.

Aldnoah Zero ED2 – aLIEz (Piano Cover) by ~ishter-kun~

Facebook headers (it turns out, they don’t work well in the mobile view). :/
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Web banner.
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Low-res versions of the illustrations.
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I’m not entirely set with the body text, as it’s a bit light and might not turn out well in print. Some of them will be edited to include the Show 1 schedule instead of the copy text. Maybe the call-to-action needs to be stronger? If you have any suggestions or see any horrible mistakes, let me know in the comments. >v<” (EDIT: Poster dates, date formatting, and comma splice errors have been corrected for the final printing.)

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Drafts under the cut. Might have gone overboard with the punctuation. >_>

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if only I had thorns like a thistle

Covering for the Publicity Officer between terms again, so I designed a few more things. The rest are in the usual place, under the CTRL-A tag.

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Copy text needs to be updated, and other info. x_x
S14 FREE

S14 Yowapeda

S14 Precure

S14 Evangelion

S14 Genocider

S14 Lady Satsuki

S14 Sailor Moon

S14 One Piece

S14 FB Banner

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