designing thinking for arts students // spit your sadness away

For our final term project in “Rhetoric of Digital Design” class, we were required to create groups and work on a project that used the skills that were taught in the class, in order to further develop and understand the use of media across print and web. The original proposal was to build a website to distribute the booklet, as well as creating a print version. After getting feedback on our proposal and progress report, we decided to put more time into laying out and writing a print edition of our magazine.
We settled on the topic of “design thinking” fairly early. I had been re-reading Change By Design by Tim Brown, and after doing some user research, we came to the conclusion that “design thinking” was something that lacking in the Arts faculty curriculum, and set out to figure out a way to convey the information to Arts co-op students. We tried to write it so it would be accessible to anyone, and in the end was somewhat successful. The Style Guide was created, and then used on the final project.

Layout group meeting!


We ended doing a lot of research on the library database (and quoting from books), but the best part was probably going to do research first-hand. We ended up going to see Ed Jernigan, a professor that university who is extremely knowledgeable on the topic. I think by putting the course code, ENGL408C, in the email, we were mistaken for Engineering students, rather than Arts/English. o_o


The final product is a bit rough around the edges, but I think in the time frame, it was a fun project.


Design Thinking
A Primer for Arts Co-op Students

Adobe InDesign (layout), Photoshop (image editing), Illustrator (graphics), EOS Rebel T2i (photography)

S. Ratslaff, M. Belmonte, M. Lee, A. Wong

Special thanks:
Aimée Morrison (Department of English)
Ed Jernigan (Knowledge Integration, Systems Design Engineering)



a feast for crows

This did not turn out the way I wanted it to. @_@

English crest pencil draft

Nothing like charging forward, and getting knocked flat onto your back. If you can stand up and keep going, do so.


My current workplace asked me to pick a generation one Pokemon to represent myself on their wall.

Already taken are: Ditto, Pikachu, Cloyster, Snorlax, Butterfree, Jigglypuff, Squirtle, and Alakazam.

Note to self: University of Waterloo’s OpenData API (Github)

fall’s last sigh// change by design

Another term is drawing to a close…

Waterloo, we have no better verb than “innovate.” IMG_3694

I told myself I wouldn’t post anything else onto here until I had finished dealing with school and the various other projects I have going on, but I keep revisiting this draft. I stare at it and wonder what else can I say to describe this exact feeling I’m having – on one hand it’s the kind of despair that you find at the bottom of well and you climb back out; on the other, it’s very much akin to the feeling of anything is possible.


a cog in the machine

Two more projects to complete by tomorrow, three for next week. After that, I’ll definitely get to those graphics requests people have been emailing me about.

Lessons in learning to deal with clients- do your due diligence in finding the sources of the images your client gives you.

One installation down.

Classmates I’m sharing the space with in the Uptown Shoppes.

Could have used black tissue paper as the base…

And then to celebrate a little~ owo I ate them all already, but too expensive. >_<”

It was good while it lasted.




cast in the name of god

…ye not guilty.

Been watching Big O lately. There’s a lot to this show, as it effectively balances mystery, suspense and intelligent scripting.

I was asked to work on this project for a bit for someone else, and it seemed like a shame to not finish it. I present this UW poster. XD

Loosely pirate-themed. Arr.