Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone! Nicky here πŸ™‚

Merry Christmas!Β Here’s a late present from me to you… Raining Cats and Dogs πŸ™‚

See you in 2016!!

Its Raining… Cats and Dogs!

Hey everyone! Nicky here πŸ™‚ For one of my classes, called Animation Illustrated, my assignment is to create a 1-2min animation.Β I have full creative freedom with the piece so I am excited to make something fun and entertaining! To start … Continue reading

Luck or Fate???

So…. Basically….

Yesterday, I was scheduled to write my “History and Evolution of Typography” midterm. I had studied hard but I was quite nervous when I arrived at school. After I had received the paper of the test, people waited for almost half an hour, until the professor walked in front of everyone and exclaimed: “We don’t have enough midterms and the printers are not working…”

Suddenly a ROAR of cheers echoed through the lecture hall! the Midterm was cancelled πŸ˜€

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and how ironic that the test was about evolution of printing… and the printer fails… OH THE IRONY OF IT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marked 1st place for “Marked”

I don’t think anything is as exciting as this (well, in this particular moment in my lifetime)! In my last year at Havergal College, I partook in a stop motion production with seven other classmates in my Communication Technology class. Along with the guidance of my teacher Mr M. or Mrm, we created a piece I believed was worthy of submission to an animation festival.

So now, over a year later, I receive an email from Mrm two days ago with joyous news:

Marked won best stop motion animation at the Toronto International Student Animation Festival!

How incredible is that?? A collaboration I was a part of won best stop motion! I just feel awesome that all the hard work has paid off and clearly other people enjoy the film.

You can view it here:

http://www.studentanimationfestival.com/past-shows/2012-2/stop-motion-winners-high-school-2012

As an FYI, the last clip of “Marked” dropping the banana was one of the clips I animated myself πŸ™‚

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Upcoming School Year

Hey Peeps!!

Earlier this week, at 9am, I completed a complicated task. This task leaves some students feeling victorious, and some students crying over their computers, because the future year for these students rests in this task.

Yes… I’m talking about course selection…

Luckily for me, my experience with course selection was NOT so bad πŸ™‚
I basically got all the course times I preferred and managed to fit in a course for my new minor in Digital Media! Even though my work load will probably be crazy, I know I can manage it!

For all my lovely readers, here is a list of the courses I’m taking in the fall and winter semesters with a description of each…

FALL SEMESTER

  1. History and Evolution of Typography –
    This course addresses the historic development of the typographic form from the calligraphic forms that pre-date Guttenberg’s invention of movable type and letterpress to current digital typography. We consider the cultural, technological and historical contexts critical to the understanding of typography and its uses. Typographic nomenclature as it has evolved is studied with respect to anatomy of the letter, its measurement and its technological history. Through lectures, class discussion, readings and research, students will learn to analyze typography and its effectiveness in the shaping of “word pictures.”
    – Interesting? I don’t know…
  2. Graphic Design 1 –
    Through a variety of experiences ranging from the development of graphic form to composition and colour, students will develop visual vocabularies and an aesthetic understanding of how content and message impact on form and communication. All studio-based projects require research and presentations that include verbal, written and visual components. Students will work in two and four dimensions with static and time-based formats. The course will integrate current software and appropriate digital methods.
    – This will be fun!! (but I foresee some challenges in this course…)
  3. Typography 2: Structures –
    In this course students will explore typographic structures, focusing on normative and conceptual principles. An in depth analysis is undertaken in this course that explores the letter relationship to the word, the word relationship to the line, lines in relationship to column and the way these elements activate a particular space. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of visual hierarchy and grid structures, as well as the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic qualities of typography.
    – hmm…. relationships?? Seems pretty complex…
  4. Communication: Time, Motion, Media –
    This studio investigates communication design specific to the capture and creation of motion. Students will be introduced to narrative elements and principles as they are found in interface, animation, video, film and television. Students will study the effective use of time, space, sound, transition, media integration and graphic story telling. The course will explore basic digital motion creation processes: video-capture, animation, workflow, digital asset management, and distribution.
    – Sounds so AWESOME!!!
  5. Special Topic in Social Science: Economic Principles for Artists and Designers –
    How does the economy work? In the current volatile economy, how can we tell whether we are just in another economic cycle, or witnessing a major shift in the global world order? What factors precipitated the current economic condition and has something fundamental changed that art and design students would do well to understand? What alternatives are there? This course provides an introduction to macro and micro economics, locates the Canadian economic system within the global context, and drills down to the role of the business enterprise, from sole proprietorships to international corporations.
    – Basically what I learned in Grade 11 Economics but in University… COOL!

WINTER SEMESTER

  1. Graphic Design History in the Twentieth Century –
    This lecture-seminar course engages in a study of communication arts and media within the context of the 20th century. The course focuses on the relationships between technological, social, economic, political and cultural changes that have shaped and influenced the development of communication arts. The range of subjects covered includes the impact of the two world wars and the Vietnam War; the influence of the Bauhaus, the developments in editorial design, the first attempts at computer composition, corporate design, electronic imaging and advances in print and pre-press technologies.
    – History? Doesn’t seem SO bad… I think…
  2. Think Tank 1: Awareness –
    This interdisciplinary course examines the social condition of where and how we live in the context of the Faculty of Design’s primary mandate β€˜Design and Humanity’. The significant impact that intelligent and sustainable design can have on people’s lives and the considerable responsibility that the designer has to society are critical factors in shaping behaviour and turning research and perception into action. Strategies for change are channeled into potential project solutions in this course through the research, discussion and debate of current societal issues.
    – This could be good…
  3. Graphic Design 2 –
    The course focuses on process, word/image interaction, meaning, hierarchy and the impact of dimensional form on effective communication. Students will learn to distill complex ideas into concise and convincing two and three-dimensional elements. All studio-based assignments require research and presentations that include verbal, written and visual components. The course will integrate current software and tools in both physical and virtual environments.
    – Cool Stuff!
  4. Typography 3: Advanced Structures –
    Students will continue to explore the design of organizational typographic structures in this course. The presentation of complex information in a clear and engaging manner, servicing utility and where appropriate, beauty, is the primary focus. An increased emphasis on content, concept and type’s association to imagery for specific target audiences will be addressed through a range of typographically-driven projects.
    – This will be Super Helpful!!
  5. Communication: Surface, Object, Space –
    Using a variety of materials through analogue and digital processes this course introduces students to the elements, principles and processes used in the development of three-dimensional form. Students examine the meanings and associations of forms, along with the underlying structural principles affecting their creation. Central to the course is how concept, form, material and process are inter-related. Through critical reasoning and an awareness of contemporary Graphic Design practices in architectural, exhibit, way-finding, and packaging design, students develop the skills and confidence to produce meaningful forms in three dimensions.
    – YES PACKAGE DESIGN!!!! So excited to take this course!!!! SERIOUSLY EXCITED!!!!!
  6. Media, Messages and the Cultural Landscape: Introduction to Communication Studies –
    This lecture course is designed to offer students critical and analytical skills to understand our complex media environment through the study of the basic principles, methodologies and topics relevant to Communications Studies. Students examine historical, economic, technological and policy perspectives that shape how we respond to and participate in a media landscape, with an emphasis placed on the Canadian context. Topics to be addressed include: theories of communications and media; public and private media; communications and nations; culture industries; media convergence; geopolitics of global communications; networks and communications; democracy and media; and consumers, identity and media.
    – Media Studies?? Very Thought-Provoking!!!

And that is the list of the courses I’m going to take. Now, I may be adding a course to the Fall, that is if I get in… but we shall see. I’m going to cross my fingers for luck πŸ˜‰

If I get in, I’ll be doing my happy dance!

Time to Reflect

Now that summer is here, I should really take the time to look back on my first year. To put simply, time to reflect.

From just witnessing other peers in my class when the teacher suggests to write a reflection on an experience, there are often an array of reactions: cringing, complaining, rage, throwing of papers, etc.

OR EVEN THIS:

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Clearly, reflecting is not a past-time people would willingly commit to on their own accord.

However, if I may put bluntly, reflection is necessary and should be made part of a weekly practise (now I’m sounding like a reflectionist).

If I have to say something positive about my first year at OCAD University, I would completely list off many many aspects. Here are a few things:

  • meeting my newly found best friends
  • getting %80 on my animal poster
  • learning what i want to learn
  • getting %90 on my art history midterm

that is just a slice of my awesome year at OCAD!

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^party dance

Although this seemingly awesome year went pretty well, there were a few set backs. I need to tighten up my organizational skills and time management.

There is next year so I will apply what I know now to then.

In the meantime, I will be exercising to tone up and be working at Manulife Financial.

More still to come πŸ™‚

STICKERS!

These past couple of weeks have just been crazy with work! With final projects being due, research papers being graded, and written exams to think about, I really haven’t had much time to write a post.Β 

Luckily for all of my BLEEDERS (got that from the book Julie and Julia) I am making time now.

Lately, I have been working on my water bottle assignment, which requires us to actually put our designs on an actual bottle. This means running around Staples to find some sticker paper so I can place my designs on a really boring looking bottle.Β 

On a positive though, I did manage to print some of my own stickers for fun πŸ™‚

The design I made was from the fall, when I was fooling around on Illustrator.

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Now I just need to cut out my panda stickers and place them on anything I want!!!!!!!!!!!!

When Illustration Met Photography

You know the movie When Harry Met Sally?

Unfortunately, this post is not about the movie, although I may make one in the future πŸ™‚

However, this post is about When Illustration Met Photography!

The final assignment for my photography class is to combine the two together into one final photo πŸ™‚
Here are a few examples that I’m working on:

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This last picture may be the final that I hand in πŸ™‚

What’s Your Flower?

Ever since the calendar I had to complete for my Communication Design class, I have been thinking of new projects to do for myself. Interestingly enough, I decided to make my own personal calendar in my spare time and in between other homework assignments.

For this calendar, I wanted to make something playful and pretty. Therefore, I thought a calendar for birth-month-flowers would be a great idea! I found a list via Wikipedia saying a flower for each month of the year and the flower’s symbolism.

Here’s the cover I made:

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This will be fun to complete after the bulk of my work is done! I’m planning on printing this out and hanging up the final product in my room! πŸ™‚

Reading Week

Today was the first day of Reading Week! It started after my morning class, which was Communication Design 2, where I pitched my ideas for the final part of my assignment! (its going to be a calendar btw). So now, I am up at the cottage with my family, just relaxing and taking time off working.Β 

Well…

Not entirely actually.

Right now, I am just making some art for myself, while I have the chance anyway. So, I decided to make myself my very own “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” poster! Granted, I do have a copy of one that I bought at the MoMA last May, but I want to actually MAKE one!Β 

Here is what it looks like right now:
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Leave a comment if you have any suggestions for what I should add, exclude, change, anything you think.Β 

I’m open to any feedback πŸ™‚