Sunday, December 30, 2007

My typography Flash

This is actually my assignment 2C . Because I choose Playbill font, which is one of West Fonts, so all pictures added are related to American West in 19th Century

Assignment 2C

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Safe Sex Poster ...

It's weekend and we're all suffering Java 1 assignment T___T. So, this blog is a little interest I can have from to day to Xmas ^^" .

This following picture is the poster of Safe Sex I made for Assignment 2B. Mytarget viewer in this poster is the homorsexual people, especially for the girl. During researching fro this assignment, I realized the lack of acknowledgement about decease tramissed through homorsex. That's why I did this poster

Slogan is emphasized on the word "Whoever", "Whoever" you are : men, women, and even your partner's gender. Condom is needed to protect you from danger.

One thing I'm afraid that the metaphor, maybe it's hard for some people to understand (some of my friends do, but other recognize the messages quite easily)

There is some trouble in color when I uploaded the CMYK version; therefore I change the color mode to RGB, which caused a little difference (in black color)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

DVD interface ...

X-mas is coming, so I choose to do the interface for "Love Actually" movie, which is my favorite film and also a well-known Christmas movie.

I use "Silent night" as the theme song to offer a calm feeling in Christmas.Moreover,the feeling of viewer after watching this movie is warm and happy, so Silent Night is an appropriate solution. I add some snow to provide better "Christmas atmosphere" (but it doesn't look good, maybe I'll fix it later)

Link Love Actually

Credit: poster Love Actually from
"Silent Night" song from
Thank Raymond Dao for the code to embed Flash

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Collage ...

Here is my self portrait collage,there are several things I want to express through this image

1. The gesture of myself express my charactericstic: shyness and have a tendancy to protect my self.

2. The hands reveals my own identification: I look at the real world in my own way and I know what should I do to identify myself to others.

3. The background is made up by my name Chop and a sequence of numbers which is one of my hobby. I ussually remember one issue by assiging it one value; therefore, through the whole number sequence, many feelings are expressed.

4. I choose green color as the background because of two reason :
- that's my favourite color
- Green is the color of jealous and that's a potiental characteristic inside me.

5. The target at the left corner represents for my direction, I've got my own orient, so now I just target it .

Sunday, December 9, 2007

iPod ....

Well, I addict to iPod now ^o^ after watching several introduction videos of Apple products from youtube. Uhmmmm ... I hope I can get one iPod, but I don't have enough money now T___T , so I try to create one iPod by Photoshop :D . It's quite easy to make one "photoshop iPod" because of the simple (but very effective) design. Then, I suddenly think :"Why shouldn't I make an Ad for this product?", and so I make this poster ^^ .

Another version with a little bit different ^^

I'm not sure what accurately this iPod is :D, maybe it's a 3rd generation iPod Nano. Whatever it is, let me explain why I make the design in this way ^^ .

I choose blue as the color of the iPod to offer a calm feeling for viewer, also the iPod body has to be dimmed so that the screen can engage the attention from people. To emphasize this point, I use red as the dominant color of the screen, red is quite hot and attractive enough. Also, this color supports to the action of the woman on the screen, she tries to break the iron bar of the jail.One more reason to use red is that red and blue combination provide a good contrast.I think you all can easily recognize the screen is absolutely made in iPod advertising style :D.

Now, let's look at the text.As the main concept in every Apple ad is simple but efficient; therefore, I chose a clear sans-serif font and apply the "theory" I learned from my friend's blog (Charter's blog ^^). To stress on the word iPod, its size dominates the other ones, and it's dropped shadow and impacted by glossy effect (which becomes a characteristic in Apple design).

I choose the slogan :"let iPod set you free" which is inspired from common perception :music make people feel free.

Credit: Woman's picture is taken from

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Collage portrait ....

Yeah, this is the first portrait collage picture I made. Well, it looks quite messy, I think. However, let me tell my idea for this picture:

1. The girl has two type faces, one is made by photography, whereas the other seems to be sketched by hand. The reason why I do this is to represent the "mask" existing in everyone. Everyone try to create a mask for themselves in order to hide their true feeling. And the "drawing" half face reveals this stuff; otherwise the other expresses something related to nature and organic.Some red lines on "drawing" half faces stand for the idea of evil inside people.

2. I still remember the phase :"Blond and pink girl" from Maddy, and suddenly I remember one attitude that girl with blond hair is considered as a material guy. Therefore, I put some luxury stuffs in the background : money, rings, bag and lipstick.

3. All women love beauty, so the crown has added to the girl's head to emphasize this ambition. Personally, at the first time I saw the original picture, I have my own opinion about her : she's kind of people who try to do many things ( ex: making up or having cosmetic surgery) to make herself more beautiful. So I added the crown to stress on this point.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Sketching for my own flash ...

Uhm, I suddenly have idea for my own flash since two weeks ago, but that time I was too busy to sketch the storyboard.Therefore, today, I've drawn few pictures for my flash, and will finish it tomorrow.

There are a lot pictures, so I gather two frames in one file to reduce the file size.

There is a trouble with blogger so I lost all my description about my work; therefore I have to do it again.

1. I tend to choose different fonts for each number (as can be recognized from my sketch). That represent for the variety of things existing in the world.

2. The "1" stands for the beginning and "n" stands for an unknown destination,because usually we don't where the destination is.

3. The sudden appearance of the 3 dots again reveals unknown element; in this case, it's the time (how long we should spend to go to the destination).

4. The sudden appearance of "4" represents the obstacle which can easily occur in human life. Moreover, the different font of "4" from the other numbers express the various risk hidden.

5. I haven't decide the end of my flash, but maybe it will end up with happy ending. Whenever the man put enough effort, he can get the "n"( the destination) which is the present for his try. Otherwise, some new numbers continuously appear to prevent him from accessing the destination.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Safe Sex research ...

After a short time surfing the Internet, I find some posters related to same sex

This poster was made for Thailand Campaign. I have not find much information related to the picture, but it's easy to realize the poster target to women and their shyness when using condom to protect themselves.Using monochromatic color scheme dedicatedly provides a clear view to the poster. The link among red items ( condom and text) are easily to realized. Personally, this picture doesn't impress me a lot, the design style is quite common without stressed point.The text is set in big size, and in a clear font so that viewer can read it easily. It's proper to say text plays an important role in this poster.

This poster is made for Thailand Campaign too, and again it seems to express information directly ( indeed, it's more obvious than the previous one). The link between danger and actions which cause risk are created through red color.Concerning about typography, it contains the same style as the above poster : clear, and big size font.Again, text cautions the message from the author to people.

Yeah, the poster is completely different to the two previous ones. The greatest ads about safe sex I've ever seen.Look at the poster, who are the partners of the two guys? Yup, they're having sex with two poisonous insects: one is scorpion and one is spider. Those two insert are well-known as their risky, they can kill the target immediately just a few second after attacking.And unsafe sex is similar to their poison, one second without protection, people can destroy their lives.

In the opposite of the two posters above, text in this poster is small and places at the tiny conner. It's possible to say that the image is dedicated to impress viewer, while the text plays the supporting role .

I saw the poster before, and at that time, I was extremely shocked and impressed. However, the more impressive it is, the longer time it stands in viewers' mind ^^ .

UHm, here is two images from French ads. In those two images, the metaphor of bones (which means dead people) and unsafe sex is used. White is the dominance color and it provides a cold feeling to me. Uhm ... white of wall, white of human bones and white of everything else, that's such a frightened scene to everyone.

Similar to the previous one, those two poster focus on the impact of image, and text just plays a supporting role. It's really hard to read the phase "Be careful", because of its tiny size and lack of meaning impression in it.However, despite of small size, the picture of condom reveals all the purpose of the poster: using condom to get a safer sex.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Frisbee flier

I made this flier for RMIT Vietnam Ultimate Frisbee Tournament (it's such a long name for one sport competition T___T ) .Uhm, for this flier, I want to change my normal style (my friend told it's cartoonist T__T), so my purpose is to make this flier quite attractive and different to my normal design.

Then, I came up with the idea using photography. I found one free and un-copyrighted image in the Internet. The picture's angle is pretty good, so my job was mostly playing with typography.

Because of the length of the competition's name, so I choose two words from the name as the main elements, which are RMIT and Tournament.To attract viewers' view, the other characters are dimmed and only one T is used to link two words "RMIT" and "Tournament"

I align the text at corner left as it's the direction of man's eye view and the disc.Also, I applied some effects (overlay one white layer and duplicate some necessary layer ) to clear the text.

Because the flier is printed in black and white, so I change the color mode of the picture into grayscale.

Updated version ...

web layout

This is the web layout I design for my first assignment in the Web programming course.The main idea is simple and clear; therefore I use monochromatic of red as the dominance. Difference hues of red are used for different part of web layout.

Besides that, I like the idea of gathering small images to make up big image, so I applied this idea to the "welcome page". Also, I remembered Maddy said:"if viewer can see easily, it's not funny."; consequently the middle part of "Vietnamese Dating" phrase is dim. It properly engage the concentration from viewers..

Welcome page ...

Home page ...

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Pride ...

I have 2 version for the idea "A wound to one pride", one of this is came from the lesson Collage of Maddy. However, I have just made one version for my idea, the "collage" version will be come later (because of the lack of equipment now).

Making progress:

1. I took the picture of my bear.
2. Add text to it

Could you realize the mask of Dark Vader? why is Dark Vader? If you've ever watched STAR WARS, you know Dark Vader is a powerful man, he is the lord of Dark side. Consequently, he has a absolute pride. However, when the mask is taken away, Dark Vader no longer is a Dark Vader. There is a wound to his pride, and what he feels when it's taken away is almost like his body is broken. There is a metaphor here, the physical and moral hurt : physical hurt is the leg is taken and moral one is his pride. Red text attracts viewer eyes and also put a strength for itself. The "Pride" letter is bold to become the dominance for the whole picture.Two letters "my" and "PRIDE" stick each other to reveal the close link between the pride and human mind.

Photoshop Practice ...

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The last class, I have a good lesson to experience how to using Photoshop for picture manipulation.I did many versions for the exercise; however, the stupid computer at school suddenly shut down while I hadn't save my picture to H drive T______T . Therefore, I just keep only one version of the "Eye" picture. However, I really love the picture ^_^ . I haven't remember much how I made it, but there is still something I want to mention :

1.main color is green which is support by yellow in some parts of the picture.Green and Yellow provide a good harmony, also they give a magical feeling. The whole background is applied cloud filter in order to offer an feeling unpredictable.

2. The black at the right corner express shadow from one guy's face, also it make the background seems similarly an old paper.

3. I used a handwriting brush which make the background more like the old paper.

I try to make my picture seem to be an eye looking through one paper. It doesn't dedicatedly scare people, but make people feel curious when looking at it.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


I found a pretty pic from flikr; however, I'm not sure whether the picture is copyright or not.So I put the credit here :

"broken plank on ladder" picture - Upload on October 9th, 2005 by maleeha.azeem

and my "stealing" pic

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My idea is :

1. In Vietnamese culture, we have a perception about ladder :"Nấc thang cuộc đời" ( the ladder of life"). The ladder is broken, which means one part of life has been taken away.

2. The bottom known as a basic part of everything, if the bottom is not firm, it immediately impacts the development later. The ladder here is lose its part in the bottom; therefore if the beginning has been "steal", there is no doubt for one un-bright future.

3. For some people, Yellow provides a sad feeling. Yellow which is the color of autumn leaves, sunset, color of "the ending" period. In addition, yellow offers a good contrast to the background (which is blue) .So I applied yellow in my text, also make it a little blur. Blur reveals a shaky for the text and the ladder in picture.

Friday, November 9, 2007

HAT Tournament Logo ....

Again, I received one short time contract T____T (it is perhaps an one-day contract). This time, the contract requires me to design one logo for HAT Tournament held in Vietnam. It's quite funny that I don't know much information about this tournament. All I know is that the tournament is a Frisbee competition and it has been hold annually in Vietnam for 2 years. So what should I do to deal with this contact?

1. I searched in the Internet some example of sport logo. I realized mostly the logo is abstracted in player's image.

2. Experience in my previous design, gradient and color should be care in using.

Finally, I decide to keep letter "H" and "T" simple, and decorate a little bit in letter "A". I choose the image of one player pull the Frisbee disc (which always occurs at the start of one new point). My personally thinking about this action is that it express the passion and spirit of each team when they start fighting in one "battle" ^^

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Uhm, my personal comments for my all work are:

1. If the logo is put on the shirt, I think it's ok because it's almost filled by white color and the logo worth a small space in the shirt. However, if the logo placed in the disc surface, it provides a big negative space. Therefore, I suggest one circle around the disc in order to decrease the negative space.

2. The font for "H" and "T" is not good, it contains curve which decrease the attraction of viewer in decorative "A". I'm trying to find one suitable font. Uhm, I think a serif which doesn't contain curve, but straight line and square is an appropriate solution.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Sun & Moon Icon ...

Draft versions

1."Polygon" Sun

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I read the legend about Ra (the God of Sun in Ancient Egypt) who create all things on the Earth. Therefore, I came up with an idea, Sun could be present by basic elements : triangle, rectangle,circle and one more shape which represents the cloud.

2."Musical" Sun

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As be known from Greek Legend, Apollo, the God Sun, is also the God of poetry and music. His symbol is lyre, an musical instrument, and he's excellent in playing it. Consequently, I used his symbol and some abstract musical note in order to express the "Musical" Sun.

3."Camera" Sun & Moon

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It contains Sun and Moon. As Maddy said in class, the client of me is an photographer, so he must use one camera to take pictures.Then my idea was based on the lens of camera, which is the most important equipment for the photographer. Lens has bevel gears for user to control; in my opinion, those gears is similar to the light surrounding the sun. And when the lens is covered, it is completely a circle which is the real shape of Moon. However, I did add more details in Moon side; especially the background for Moon icon, I put some lozenge which represents stars in night sky.

4."Ying Yang" Sun & Moon

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In Chinese tradition, Ying Yang is the symbol which present two element different but can't live without each other. Similar to Sun and Moon, they have the connection between those two elements. One is dark, but soft and charm; the other is bright, strong and power. They support each other. That's is the idea for my 4th icon.

5."Human Eye" Sun & Moon

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This icon I like the most (perhaps I choose it to illustrate in Illustrator later), the human eye which consist Sun and Moon. The most attractive part in human eye is the iris, and when we look at it deeply, we can find some tiny lines. Then I imaged those lines are the light surrounding the Sun, and if we ignore the details, we got a circle (again, it's the real shape of Moon). Another reason why I chose Human Eye structure to create Sun and Moon icon is eye is the first lens of one photographer ;) .Photographer have to use their eyes to choose the best angle and best view in order to capture one picture later by a man-made lens ^^ .


Illustration versions are upcoming ...

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Printing Experience ...

This week, I accepted to design flier and poster for Frisbee Club in order to use them in Club Day.

As be mentioned in the previous blog entry, the final flier contains two sides, these following pictures will show how the flier looks:

The poster was already posted in the last entry.However, the design of this poster is not what I want to mention. This entry is a chance for me to share my own experience in printing.

First of all, before starting design the poster, I asked my friend :"should I make a colored or black&white poster?" and the answer I received is:" If it's the first time of you, black and white is an appropriate solution". Personally, I thought black and white are two color which is easily printed. But, that was my fault T_______T , let see what I got for the poster:

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1. The gradient from black to white is not present accurately. As can be seen, it was changed to a color (in my opinion, it is light purple). And over th poster, I notice wherever the gradient is applied; especially in a small place; the color is presented less accurate.Briefly, the smaller the size of gradient (from back to white) is,the less accurate color presents .

2.I used to apply gradient for the whole background and lighten it.However, what I received is a half-tone background. As can be seen from the following picture (and also, from the above picture), the background seems to be divided in to small bars; and in each bar a gradient contained.

3. Because, I realized this trouble in color presentation almost after the poster printed, I asked the boss the reason. He said :" If you want a poster which is exactly the same to your original one; there is a printing method available for you". He called the method "in group" ("in" of "in ấn" in Vietnamese; I'm really sorry that I don't know what exactly this phrase in English), and it costs 150,000 VND ( 10 times of the price for the current printing method I used)

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So, I want to conclude that if you want to print one poster or any paper, there are several thing you should concern:

1.Color system: CMYK (as we learned), RGB (the manager can help you to change it, but there are many differences and you can't handle them completely). Usually the color printed is darker than the one you see on the screen.

2.Arrangement of element: when I went to the store, they just required me an Corel file (Illustrator is ok, but this application is not popular in Vietnam printing store) and they helped me in almost steps.

3. You should choose one familiar printing store, 'cos different store offers different type of printing method. Sometimes, although placing in the same street, there are some printing method which is not applied by all shops.

4. The store I printed the poster placed on Lý Thái Tổ street (it's very famous about offset printing and various types of printing), and the price is 15,000 VND.

5.If you are looking for printing poster with that price, try to use less gradient and be careful when using black >.< . It seems the hardest color to present.

6. I found one news, we can use offset print and the cost is 35,000 VND for one A3 size poster. Another solution is printing picture (as normal, I means "rửa ảnh"), but the price absolutely high and sometimes color is not produced accurately.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Flier for Frisbee Club

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This time, I have to deal with poster and flier for Frisbee Club. Now, I come up with a draft version for the flier.

In the last semester, I created one pawn as the club's symbol. The reason why I chose pawn is its characteristic.Everybody knows pawn always move ahead (never turn back), it also presents the spirits of Frisbee players : never give up, always contribute 100% ability in game and fair-play.

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(The pawn made in the last semester)

Now, for this time, I chose pawn and Frisbee disc again in the flier. Because of the lack color used in flier (only two colors: black and white), so it's absolutely a challenge for me (as it's the first time I design a flier).

About the design, The pawn jump up and try to catch the disc which is the most important equipment in Frisbee. He (the pawn) smiles to express how happy he is when he plays this game.Moreover, the gesture jumping up reveal the ambition to follow target of the player.

I chose to make one circle by the phrase " RMIT Ultimate Frisbee Club" in order to introduce the club and also the unity of this club.In addition, the character is strong and in capital, so that it reveals the strength and attracts viewers.

This is my first draft, however, I still feel there is a lack of one unique point related to Frisbee. As a result, I'll try to create one new decoration for the flier, but it maybe still bases on the idea of Pawn and Disc


Updated version of flier: I made a new version for the flier.Using the pawn and Disc, I want to emphasize the unique action in Frisbee : CATCHING DISC.

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(Dark background)

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(Lighter Background)

As can be seen, I create the disc flying way by text. There are three reasons for me to do this: 1. the two lines are the dominance over the whole picture, so people can easily find the essential information. 2. It provides the unique gesture (also the unique element in Frisbee) : catching disc .

The docs in the bottom of poster represent for the grass. Frisbee is played in grass field.

"Giai điệu trẻ" ( Young Melody) Logo

Last week, I was asked to create one logo for my friend's club in 1 day. It was really a challenge to me as I hadn't knew or got any concept about this club.

Firstly, I asked my friend for some unique points or characteristics of the club; and the leader gave me some points: young, enthusiastic, member having ability to play instrument ...v...v . However, those stuffs have not really made sense for my design; therefor, I oriented to music they play, how members feel when playing music. Finally, I got the point, this club emphasized on music for youth and members are excellent in guitar.

Then, I and the leader agreed to create one logo related to Electric Guitar. The first two pictures posted below were my sketch.

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-For the first one: that was my first logo. It lied in horizontal and its shape is similar to electric guitar. However, I thought the logo seemed so strict, not flexible; consequently I change the angle. The second picture was the result

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-The third one: after seeing the first two logo, I and leader discussed some change in font of the phrase "iaidieutre" and also add the letter "e" (in my sketch, I had the tendency to present this letter as a part of the guitar). Finally, we add 2 hip hop guys and some musical notes.

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The main idea for this logo is that "Giai điệu trẻ" club is a good place for youth to join in. Moreover, this club is interested in hip hop and music (they have a band who can play both break dance and music )