no PDA plz…
not my gif, but it made me laugh…
My designs are a small part of an important social movement/campaign in Hong Kong right now.
I’m a bit wary of designing graphics related to social issues. It goes against why we think the internet is so great, but I sometimes feel if they aren’t actually printed our and spread around, all I get back is a bunch of likes and no real change. It feels a bit masturbatory and slacktivism-ish. So I’m very glad and grateful about how things turned out this time.
July 1st is the handover anniversary when Hong Kong got returned to China as a former British colony. But it’s also the time when hundreds of thousands of people take part in the annual rally, to make their voices heard.
I was never that into politics, but our city’s future has never looked dimmer under the threat of the mainland government. March we must.
This year is more special, because there was a referendum before this, about our city’s universal suffrage. It’s not recognized by our government and has no real legal power, so some people are saying this is just a feel-good effort with no real impact. But Hong Konngers aren’t known for their political activism, so seeing more than 700000 people giving a crap about this at all is pretty amazing. Even if we lose everything to the Chinese government, we’re not going down without taking a stand.
Credit: Nike shoe icon by Luboš Volkov, available under a Free for Commercial Use license.
Take a stand for your rights!
Client: I want us to be in the top three on Google Searches for x.
Me: I can’t guarantee it, but I’ll rewrite the text to feature the right keywords and start building incoming links.
I do the work and three weeks later:
Client: We’re not in the top three. In fact, we’re worse off than…
I did a life-event sketchbook for a wedding, wherein I capture a variety of the moments in quick, often humorous, illustrations.
Despite being clear on my pay beforehand, the client had second thoughts on my salary after the event. I told them to look through the sketchbook to clarify that…
Storyboard pitching an idea for an in-house infomercial.
A client wanted a design done for a Halloween tasting event benefiting a charity group.
Client: …we want something like a ghost with a martini.
I sent two versions combining alcoholic drinks with classic Halloween imagery. The client told us that they weren’t happy with the designs.
Thanks for the chuckle…
On friday, I went to school in my Grell cosplay. On friday, I wanted to celebrate a fun day with some friends I met at a convention who are attempting to put on a nearly impossible show. On friday, I went to school expecting a few strange looks, confused questions, rude comments, and maybe even a few laughs.
What I didn’t expect was that I would be attacked by someone that I had never even seen before.
Hope this doesn’t make you change. Being unique is not a crime. Those comments are not about you - it’s about people who resent your confidence because they have none of their own…
"leroy bet me I couldn’t find a pot of gold at the end, and I told him that was a stupid bet because the rainbow was enough."
- rita mae brown
MAY THE HORSE BE WITH YOU
(Happy Chinese New Year)
Hi. I’m still alive. Many things have happened since my last post. I have graduated (done with my final year project!), and am currently working at pill & pillow, a digital design studio.
I’ve been having trouble balancing work with all the stupid personal stuff I used to upload here. But it’s not like I’ve stopped entirely — I’ve actually been fairly active over on Facebook and Instagram, and the reason this blog has been so neglected is because I saw it as a “proper” site to be maintained rather than a dumping ground for every visual thing I did.
But I guess I was being too perfectionist/protective about this tumblr’s “quality”. So here’s some horse shit.
j.mak, you rock. love it!