Happy Chinese New Year 

This year Chinese New Year (CNY) is the monkey year. Let’s hope that all the monkey business will go well and that we all will be happy and live well together in this year.

Happy New Year my dear bloggers and visitors.

Visit Porto, Portugal: ECSM2015 – 6-11 July Paper Presentation and Visual Research documentation.

Some of the snap shots during my visit in the Universidate do Porto.

I had a chance to present my paper about digital archiving and current status of archiving in Malaysia in the 2nd European Conference on Social Media, in a beautiful city Porto in Portugal. Thanks to RCMO Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) for sponsoring the financial for the trip to the conference and supporting research in USM.

My paper entitled: An Exploration of how Networked Citizens Play the Main Role in Outsourcing: A Method of Creating Digital Collections of Malaysian Cultural Artefacts, discuss about the current status of archiving/digital archiving in Malaysia and then propose potential solution to managed the digital archiving issues that most countries is facing now, the funding and space, through the method of using networked citizen and also crowdsourcing. Although this is not a new method but it has not been apply in archiving. Mainly used as marketing tools and also data collections for most companies. 

Below is the abstract and if you’re interested in the paper, do send me an email at zainurulrahman @ gmail. com and you will be able to read the paper.

 

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Architecture in Porto – Photo by: NurulRahman2015
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Snapshots around Porto. Photo by: Nurul Rahman 2015

Some of the snap shots during my visit in the Universidate do Porto.

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Design thinking enhancing ideas

When I saw this video published by a friend in YouTube I was stunned watching Jihong Yeom  a Korean designer twisting the wired hanger and transforming it to what ever you can think of. But what more interesting here is not only his ability to transform the hangers to another object but also his ways of seeing or visualising what he will do and also plans everything in his head.
I would like to discuss here the latter part in the this blog and yes if you watch his series in the Youtube you might be thinking ‘This is easy, anyone can do this, all you need is a hanger and a plier’. Indeed it looks easy, but what you’re missing here just, which would happen when you actually try to do it yourself, is that you have not much ideas of what to do and how to do it.
This is the technic of design thinking that anyone should be learning, and be aware that the wired hanger is just a tool to make anything that you think of happen. What really interesting is the thinking behind the designer Jihong Yeom, his process of visualising the object in a short time and then making it happen. His skills is not an overnight skills. It takes practice, trying and finding error, rework, rebuilt, rethink of a better way to approach and so on. Isn’t this is the design process that most successful designers do in their everyday life?

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Yeom’s idea of designing the book holder was just to facilitates the way we can improve our life. to make life easier and to help each other. Not so much of to design something big, something awesome or  something fantastic. Simple idea can grow, and that is what each of us should be focussing on.

Watch Jihong Yeom

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, 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, it should be thought carefully, 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, 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/

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/

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, 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.

 

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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