Poster design

the midnight whale// soul’s blade

Sep-20-15
I went to the international premiere of the Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and the Beast at the Toronto International Film Festival! This one was probably my favourite so far out of all his films, though I really enjoy Summer Wars as well.

He mentioned that between his last film, Wolf Children, and this one, his wife and his wish for a child came true, and that was one of the reasons that The Boy and Beast was made. While Wolf Children concentrated on the bond between mother and children, this one was very much fathers and sons. The film has a lot of heart, heavy in some places, but light throughout.

Some rather blurry photos of the director during the Q&A after the film. He answered some questions about his inspirations for the film.
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Other photos of the area around the theatre.
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I also recently went to the Art Gallery of Hamilton, but I didn’t have a lot of time to see the art, as we were there for a wedding. We stopped for foot-long hot dogs and didn’t have enough time to explore the gallery before it closed. XD
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A CTRL-A kind of wedding~ The centrepieces and place cards were made by Maplerose.
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Monster Hunter Club (モンハン部) creed, as translated by gaijinhunter. Just wanted to make it into a poster.
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I went to a “Introduction to User Experience” workshop run by the lead designer at Wattpad(!), and tried out empathy mapping for the first time. He mentioned that designers at Wattpad often have to “wear many hats”…and I felt a bit relieved, hearing that from a more experienced designer.
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Scribbling.
Most of the time, it’s memories of job interviews.

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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3 Renison-Shows

2 Renison-CTRL-A Recruit