logo design

Manga in your ears logo rough drafts on the Illustrator canvas.

generation echo// in your ears

I recently completed a project with Manga In Your Ears, “a biweekly podcast reviewing a finished and currently running (or recently completed) manga from @ImpassionateK, @manjiorin, and @WanderinDreamr” (aka Kory, Apryll, and Helen). You can check them out online and on Twitter.

The general concept was to have the name as well as manga volumes and headphones, so here are some ways we played around with to get the legibility and concept across. I think from listening to the podcast, the general feeling I get is educational, informative, and entertaining. It’s fun to listen to!

Manga In Your Ears logo drafts.
Drafts of the Manga In Your Ears logo drafts.
Manga In Your Ears logo. The text is set in League Spartan, and is in-between a set of headphones. There are a set of blocks that represent manga books on the right side.
Trying out the grunge effect.
Manga In Your Ears logo. The text is set in League Spartan, and is in-between a set of headphones. There are a set of blocks that represent manga books on the right side.

Twitter header with the new logo.
The Twitter header of the Manga In Your Ears podcast with the new logo.

Summer listening~
A Fun Time in Which Some No-Good Game Developers May or May Not Discuss How We Made NieR:Automata

【女性が歌う】Lemon/米津玄師(Full Covered by コバソロ & 春茶)
Yu Yu Hakusho – “Smile Bomb” (Opening) | ENGLISH ver | AmaLee
Partners in (Fighting) Crime (Yaoi-con Best Action/Best in Show) // Matchbox Twenty – “How Far We’ve Come”


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.






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.

Client: TheOASG
December 2015

The final solution combines the portal and the typography of the original Organization ASG logo.

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.





I really like the designs for the Mandarin place-mats, wonder why.

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.
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”?

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.



I said I was going to do “sketches,” but this is what happened. . _ .
Placeholder image.
One of the rejected version of the logo re-design. It’s been dubbed “stalker prototypes.”

Version 1.


Version 2.

Colour test.




Some other stuff I’m working on for fun. :>
Really rough, just blocking in where I want textures and images.
trifold progress
“Barristers” and “baristas” use the same katakana. Trying out some new Japanese fonts as well.