Happiness Project For George Town, a Visual Communication Class Project

This is a project that I did with my Visual Communication class. The idea comes from Dr. Chris Kueh from Edith Cowan University in Perth who is also working on the similar plan for his design students. We thought that it would be interesting to have a similar project based on a different city. So Chris will work on city of Freemantle, viagra sale Perth and I will work on George Town, Penang.

In my visual comm class the project runs for 14 weeks with  110 students from different areas of design and arts, a mix between Graphic Comm. Design students, New Media Design students, Product Design Students, and Fine Arts students. The brief was short, as the whole idea of the project is based on the design thinking and the ideas that the students will discovered through out the process. The brief of the project is to visualised this: What does Happiness means for George Town, as a city? The students were taken on a trip to George Town in 2 buses, accompany by myself, and three tutors. I have designed the path for the students to go through and gathered some information. The idea behind this is to get the students (1st, 2nd and 3rd year of degree program) to discover the problems and then think of a way to facilitates the problem through design. Each of the students have to start documenting their design journey through personal blog. Most of the students are not familiar with having their own personal blog, as they are used to the site of social media such as FB and Instagram to post their thoughts, so creating their own blog is a new discovery for them.

There are lots our theres but here are some links.

Nur Azreen  Ng Seen Yen Blog Joan’s Blog Wong Shin Nin Blog Pong Ee Lin Blog Polly Lee Blog Nur Diyana Blog Chan Keat Tan Blog Amyhappyproject NgYunLai ChinPeiJun

Here is a video done by one of the student Ahnaf Hakimi.

Malaysian Design Critics 001- Logo Competition

Can Malaysian private and national agencies stop doing logo competition and ask the students to design it? The creation of Logo is the most important part of establishing your company visual identity, tooth it should be thought carefully, urticaria and to be designed completely in the whole branding process. If you think this will save some money then wait till years to come and see how much you will spend in rebranding it. Think and take action before its too late. Visual identity represent your brand. Logo can be cheap but it have to be thought carefully. It can be a collaborative project for the whole branding process but not just creating a logo and that’s it. What about the other part of the visual identity creation? Whose going to do it? the clerk?

Pursuit of beauty – fantastic and seductive video construction

Workshop for Designing Effective PresentationToday we (the academic staffs of the School of the Arts) were asked to attend a workshop to teach us on how to work or design an effective presentation. This class is organised by Mr. Zaid Alsagoff from International of Medical University Malaysia. He shows us the latest tools that I found fascinating.

Here I would like to extend Mr. Zaid talk and sharing session about the useful links if you want your presentation to be much more interesting and as they said, and create an awesomeness of your presentation.

Useful links:
VideoScribe – http://bit.ly/YXTWvC

Bitly – to shorten your long links to a shorter version
This site is fantastic as it help to shorten an image links that you got from internet to be less messy and shorten it or simplify it.
Try this one and it makes your life
https://bitly.com/shorten/

Padlet – http://www.polleverywhere.com/

Poll Everywhere – http://www.polleverywhere.com/
is a superb tools for a fast response, visit this
to get the students to response to a certain topic for the open discussion.

Socrative is a fast tools to do quiz, or forum in the class. This is a great tools for the class exercise and to engage the students to the topic that you want to get the student thinking.
-http://b.socrative.com/

 
Workshop for Designing Effective PresentationToday we (the academic staffs of the School of the Arts) were asked to attend a workshop to teach us on how to work or design an effective presentation. This class is organised by Mr. Zaid Alsagoff from International of Medical University Malaysia. He shows us the latest tools that I found fascinating.

Here I would like to extend Mr. Zaid talk and sharing session about the useful links if you want your presentation to be much more interesting and as they said, clinic
create an awesomeness of your presentation.

Useful links:
VideoScribe – http://bit.ly/YXTWvC

Bitly – to shorten your long links to a shorter version
This site is fantastic as it help to shorten an image links that you got from internet to be less messy and shorten it or simplify it.
Try this one and it makes your life
https://bitly.com/shorten/

Padlet – http://www.polleverywhere.com/

Poll Everywhere – http://www.polleverywhere.com/
is a superb tools for a fast response, viagra dosage
to get the students to response to a certain topic for the open discussion.

Socrative is a fast tools to do quiz, or forum in the class. This is a great tools for the class exercise and to engage the students to the topic that you want to get the student thinking.
-http://b.socrative.com/

 

Workshop for Designing Effective Presentation

Today we (the academic staffs of the School of the Arts) were asked to attend a workshop to teach us on how to work or design an effective presentation. This class is organised by Mr. Zaid Alsagoff from International of Medical University Malaysia. He shows us the latest tools that I found fascinating.

Here I would like to extend Mr. Zaid talk and sharing session about the useful links if you want your presentation to be much more interesting and as they said, about it
create an awesomeness of your presentation.

Useful links:
VideoScribe – http://bit.ly/YXTWvC

Bitly – to shorten your long links to a shorter version
This site is fantastic as it help to shorten an image links that you got from internet to be less messy and shorten it or simplify it.
Try this one and it makes your life
https://bitly.com/shorten/

Padlet – http://www.polleverywhere.com/

Poll Everywhere – http://www.polleverywhere.com/
is a superb tools for a fast response, see
to get the students to response to a certain topic for the open discussion.

Socrative is a fast tools to do quiz, or forum in the class. This is a great tools for the class exercise and to engage the students to the topic that you want to get the student thinking.
-http://b.socrative.com/

 

Workshop for Designing Effective Presentation

Today we (the academic staffs of the School of the Arts) were asked to attend a workshop to teach us on how to work or design an effective presentation. This class is organised by Mr. Zaid Alsagoff from International of Medical University Malaysia. He shows us the latest tools that I found fascinating.

Here I would like to extend Mr. Zaid talk and sharing session about the useful links if you want your presentation to be much more interesting and as they said, here
create an awesomeness of your presentation.

Useful links:
VideoScribe – http://bit.ly/YXTWvC

Bitly – to shorten your long links to a shorter version
This site is fantastic as it help to shorten an image links that you got from internet to be less messy and shorten it or simplify it.
Try this one and it makes your life
https://bitly.com/shorten/

Padlet – http://www.polleverywhere.com/

Poll Everywhere – http://www.polleverywhere.com/
is a superb tools for a fast response, to get the students to response to a certain topic for the open discussion.

Socrative is a fast tools to do quiz, or forum in the class. This is a great tools for the class exercise and to engage the students to the topic that you want to get the student thinking.
-http://b.socrative.com/

 

Visual and seduction. Another interesting video to sharpen your understanding of the use of visual construction and how it can influence our way of doing and living in everyday life.

This video is done by the beauty product company by LANEIGE U.S. Besides selling the product, information pills
Laneige touch a bit on the idea of seduction and beauty. I also like the way the images and the videos been carefully constructed here. So here it is a video worth to be shared, not for the selling of the product or for the sake of the advertising but for the love of design. Funny, as much as it is a seductive video and I can see that it will be selling well the product, after the understanding the idea of construction and deconstruction, examining it and breaking it layers by layers, the video is now less seductive for me.

Designing book is no joke. It’s a serious business.

I would like to share few more interesting talks by Chip Kidd, youth health an American book author and book designers. His talk in Ted is a fantastic performance, here which I think he have made a point that design is not only about designing the actual piece of design, story such as book cover but also about how do you get the message around – communication skills. In his talk, Kidd have shown the audience that designing the book, book cover and the content layout is not a joke. In fact it is a real serious business and need a lot of understanding about book before you start designing.

 

http://bookcoverarchive.com/book/chip_kidd_book_one
Chip Kidd- book cover’s design

GOOD Nation Branding

This topic have come to my interest since 2006, view when I learn about the country branding from Simon Anholt. I thought at that time, and was heavily driven by the idea that branding can help to improve any country. But then after a long time researching and reading about branding the good, the bad and the ugly, I come to realised that branding might be the wrong choice to take in promoting the country. So then I stop giving my pro opinion about how a country should take that role.

But this year I have came to view an interesting turn by Simon Anholt. I guess we can say that he have seen a lot and might be agree with me that branding in many ways might provide damage than improved. So he started again in different path. I like this path. To see how branding can be taken differently, to provide good to the others, and to do good to the others. Remind me of a good friend of mine David Berman’s book Do Good Design, which I have translated in Bahasa Malaysia in 2013.

Now this is the idea: Good Country vs Bad Country? Is that really that simple? You just have to listen to Anholt’s talk and think about it. Here are some captions of his talk.

“This is about the government and the people, the culture, and the good practice.” The Good Country Index –  The Good Country.org. “Enough hearing about competitive country, prosperous, happy country. Because at the end it is still selfish”

This is a very interesting talk by Simon Anholt.

“Anyone should ask about being good?  Is that the behaviour of a good country? ”
“I want to live in a good country and I so so hope that you would do too”….

 

Filmed June 2014 at TEDSalon Berlin 2014

 

 

 

Fantastic tools for presentation by Mr. Zaid Alsagoff

Workshop for Designing Effective Presentation

Today we (the academic staffs of the School of the Arts) were asked to attend a workshop to teach us on how to work or design an effective presentation. This class is organised by Mr. Zaid Alsagoff from International of Medical University Malaysia. He shows us the latest tools that I found fascinating.

Here I would like to extend Mr. Zaid talk and sharing session about the useful links if you want your presentation to be much more interesting and as they said, salve create an awesomeness of your presentation.

Useful links:
VideoScribe – http://bit.ly/YXTWvC

Bitly – to shorten your long links to a shorter version
This site is fantastic as it help to shorten an image links that you got from internet to be less messy and shorten it or simplify it.
Try this one and it makes your life
https://bitly.com/shorten/

Padlet – http://www.polleverywhere.com/

Poll Everywhere – http://www.polleverywhere.com/
is a superb tools for a fast response, ask to get the students to response to a certain topic for the open discussion.

Socrative is a fast tools to do quiz, or forum in the class. This is a great tools for the class exercise and to engage the students to the topic that you want to get the student thinking.
-http://b.socrative.com/

 

My paper on Cartoonist Lat and Imagery of city

“Malaysia’s globally popular cartoonist Lat and the imagery of city/country , globalism/islamicism that can be found in his work co-authored with the breathtakingly dynamic design academics and theorists Nurul Rahman Wargny and Nasya Bahfen – perfect academic partners who bring nothing but abundant ideas and creativity to the table” – Juliette Peers, RMIT.

The paper can be read online at

http://www.fusion-journal.com/issue/004-fusion-the-town-and-the-city/kampung-village-dreaming-rural-and-urban-icons-of-malaysian-modernity-in-the-cartoons-of-lat/ 

 

Happy 2014!

It has been eight years since I started writing this blog entries. I thought that I would write more about design and life as a designer and educator after I completed my PhD. That was wrong. I barely wrote about anything in this blog after my PhD. But this year resolution is about writing interesting journeys, no rx design experiences, teaching jokes and memorable moments in this blog.

For a start, while browsing through the net looking for an old image of Penang Botanical Garden Project proposal that I am currently preparing, I found this interesting blog by R.S. Murthi, a writer, editor, musician and a cyclist. In his blog there are collections of songs, photos old and news, and short stories. You can find him here http://www.rsmurthi.com/index.html

I must be a bit behind as I have only got the chance to know some fantastic bloggers but, it’s never too late to catch up with the updates.

Happy 2014 and look out for more stories in this blog.

DrNR