every mark, every word,
has taken root.
no more, no more,
it burrows inwards,
maybe it will pass.
it will pass,
yet we’ve gone
a full circle,
and now we’re
the midnight rain,
beats like you,
carefully planning each advance,
taking its time.
Then it leaves
as you sink
into another dark world,
knowing that it will be back,
creeping with the shadows
of another long night
The Long Wait
August 14, 2013 at 3:45pm
The Long Wait
She is already in another world. But she dreams, she dreams, of him.
What is his name?
Who is he?
Does he think of her?
But think no more, for she can never see him again…
Her hands are pale and cold, forever enclosed within Mother Earth.
Yet her soul cannot help but return to the garden. That place where she dreamt of their meeting, the first time she saw him. The only time.
Alone, she sits. The moonlight shines through her, casting its own reflection on the ground. This pale, dim, yellow light. She sighs. Looking towards the lantern in the sky, she hopes, she wishes, for the One to arrive…
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Based on a Chinese Opera
Let’s get started!
After reading a 99U article on side projects, I decided to start on my own project.
This project is more of a practice of my Photoshop skills, which is pretty poor. However, it will be combined with some writing elements. I read ,in an interview with a Japanese fashion designer, that he begins every project by writing a story. Words are as important to designers as visuals are. So this would be a good chance to practice my creative writing skills as well as starting a habit that would add more depth and thought into my projects.
The time limit is a week, so basically 1 work per day. Doesn’t seem like a lot of work or a really long project, but it’s a start!
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荷塘月色 by Shi ChangHong 石昌鸿
A proposal for a hotel called Hetayes Hotel. The translation means “moonlight by the lotus pond” and the brand identity is a very direct and simple imagery of the name. The navy works very well together with the gold and combines the watery, translucent qualities of traditional Chinese ink paintings very nicely.
Edit: I find that the logo a bit too complicated, or maybe just too much of a picture/illustration… It does work very nicely but maybe it could be simplified a bit more. Also, the lotus in the middle could be a bit bigger so it doesn’t look like a stick from afar. A little more negative space adds more to the logo overall as well.
In this article, Dmitry Fadeyev explains what authentic design is, what authenticity means in digital design, and why it matters.
This is going a bit off track from Chinese graphic design here, but this is a pretty interesting article on flat design, which I truly do like. I started studying Modern graphic design (the Swiss International Movement) and this helps ties it to the current “trend” of flat design. Personally, I find this trend to be great as it really helps de-clutter our digital devices in terms of various visual elements/styles. However, it would be problematic for people of an older generation (such as my mom) to understand which button does what.
As I began browsing through Chinese websites to see their current design trends and such, I came across a few sites for designers (mainly graphic designers) to share and showcase their work. It’s like Behance but more. While Behance is place for designers and artists to showcase their own work, it is really a place to share resources.
Like other Chinese sites for designers, Shijue has a section for inspiration (which actually has a lot of things from Behance along with a huge quantity of free psd and vector files), original works, and a page for competitons. In fact, it is really a huge mixing pot of various art and design sites such as Pinterest, Behance and Deviant Art. You can tell that from just the home page. The first section is top banner and ads for products and competitions. Scroll down a page and you’ll see recommendations section of designers/tutorials. Futher down is a list of new or popular posts in the style of Pinterest pins.
Through sites liek these, one can really see the direction that Chinese designers are heading towards. As lots of works from Behance can be found there, one can obviously see that China is looking beyond Asia in terms of graphic design and is quickly adapting those new skills to fit with the particular tastes of Chinese web-izens.
I highly recommend browsing sites such as this to understand the design field in China.
Another interesting article of Chinese web design from the eyes of a foreigner. It a bit dated, and I think Chinese web design has really taken it own route, or people have really looked towards Western design by now.
I would advise the author to read the Smashing Magazine article on Chinese design to understand the different style of interaction with websites of the greater Chinese population. Even after 2 years, the older generations (who are now 40+) are still having difficulty adjusting to touch devices, let alone the internet.
Chinese characters itself is completely different from Latin languages so it would face many problems which English would not face when being fit into a website designed for english. Again, the users are also less mature and many have problems inputing their own language into the phone.
Chinese design has moved forward. Maybe a couple years ago, companies would only focus on getting their information out to their audience, but now they have realized the importance of aesthetics as well.
July 18, 2013 at 9:31pm
Who looks best? Baidu vs Google
These two sites basically have the same functions, except one is Chinese (Baidu) while the other one is international(do I even have to say what it is - Google - ?). Let’s not even talk about the quality here, because Baidu’s search results can be easily manipulated…
Based on design: which is better? Is one better because it is famous? Or is it really a good design? What makes it a good design?
July 17, 2013 at 9:02pm
China is a country with five thousand years of civilization. It is a multi-national entity extending over a large area of East Asia. China’s cultural influence extends across the continent, with customs and writing systems adopted by neighboring countries including Japan, Korea and Vietnam. China has gone through numerous ups and downs and twists and turns, from wealthy and prosperous (as during the Tang Dynasty back in 618â907 AD) to powerless and colonized (as during the Qing Dynasty, just around 100 years ago). Now China is reopening its door to the world again, embracing the latest trends, concepts and technologies, the World Wide Web being one of them. In our interviews with six well-known designers in China, each of whom wears different hats, the recurring theme was that China’s Web design industry is rising like a spiral from imitation to innovation and user-centered design.
Here is a great article that discussed the development of Chinese graphic design that has changed drastically in the past 10 or so years. Even as a Chinese and having been growing up along with the development of the internet in China, this article opened up my mind to the reasons of certain styles/design decisions made for Chinese websites (such as that pages are designed-for-clicks). There is also a great showcase of Chinese websites that really cover the general styles of websites in China. Really loved how Chinese graphic design got a whole article on Smashing Magazine!
ps. Growing up as the generation that really saw the growth of the internet in China, I hated Chinese websites. It was in fact the driving force and the reason behind my college app essays explaining why I want to enter a school’s graphic design/ visual communications department. Now it is really refreshing to see that China has moved forward and slightly away from imitation/copy! And it is even better to see the Western world trying to understand our graphic design/ web aesthetics.