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Louis Kahn – A 20th Century Architect, Artist & Mystic
January 08, 4:45 pm
Filed under: + architecture +


Salt Institute, La Jolla California

Louis Kahn, is a renowned architect whom echo’s silence through his clean geometrical lines, captivating light in its purest form, and merging all this with nature in its own environment. He has touched many through his entheal works, questioning how can human/community live better, in his buildings and boat designs.

To me they are simply breathtaking. They were not just beautiful, they were functional.

In the documentary My Architect, a film by his son, Nathaniel Khan, he’s described as an intriguing and different man. He seemed to me that he was more than an artist, a spiritual mystic indeed. His work was highly influential among ‘high tech’ architects of the late 20th century.

Some words from Louis:

When you want presence, you’ve got to consult nature. There is where design comes in. If you think of brick for instance, you say to brick, “What do you want, Brick?”
Brick says “I want an arch.”
And if you say to brick “Those are expensive and I can use a concrete metal over you, what do you think of that Brick?
Brick says “I want an arch.”
It’s important you see, that you honour the material that you use. You can only do it if you own the brick. Glorify the brick, instead of just short changing it.

You can only do it if you own the brick.”

“A work of art is not a living thing. But to make it alive, that which gives a reaction.

To some it is a wonder of man’s mind. To some it is the wonder of technique, to some it is how real it is. To some it is how transcendent it is, like a symphony that present itself with a feeling that you know it when you play it once and you look for it. That you know it, you must see it and hear it again. Then only the work of art tells us that nature cannot make what man can make.”


Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban, Dhaka hosts the national parliament of Bangladesh

More on him:

All dates refer to the year work commenced

* 1951 – Yale University Art Gallery
* 1954 – Trenton Bath House
* 1957 – Richards Medical Center
* 1959 – Salk Institute
* 1959 – Esherick House
* 1959 – First Unitarian Church of Rochester
* 1960 – Bryn Mawr College’s Erdman Hall Dormitory and Cafeteria
* 1960 – Norman Fisher House
* 1963 – Institute of Public Administration
* 1962 – National Assembly Building, Dhaka, Bangladesh
* 1967 – Phillips Exeter Academy Library
* 1967 – Kimbell Art Museum
* 1969 – Yale Center for British Art

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“Crowbar Award Tips & Points”
January 08, 12:28 pm
Filed under: Award / Competitions

…this is what I heard… 

10 Questions shared 
by Calvin Soh, President of Fallon Asia

1  When to keep it simple?
2  When to add another Layer?
3  When to craft a classic
4  When to use typo
5  When to use illustration
6  Must an ad know graphic design?
7  When to break out?
8  Stay hungry, foolish & humble
9  How much do you want it?


Inspirational Talk on Advertising
by Ng Thian it, Exec CD of Mc Cann Erickson

Keywords Used as a Checklist

Try Writing Words from the Product
>  find a villain
>  tell the truth & run
>  does the medium lend itself to your message
>  be proactive
>  coax an interesting visual out of your product
>  wit initiates participation

3  KISS – Keep It Simple Silly
> cos when we love our work, we can be over-protective!

Question to Ask
>  will we send a postcard or letter?
>  never have them fight – Image or Copy, choose one to emphasize

Designing a book?
January 08, 11:42 am
Filed under: Children's Story Books

Points to Note:

1. Design & Layout
2. Type & font size
3. Composition Perspective/Focus
4. Medium, Tone + Style Color Scheme/Combination
5. Character study Exaggerations/Depth
6. Continuity + Flow of story
7. Cover + Back designs
8. Treatment Texture/paper

Q:  Is it OK to use our handwriting as a font?  
In my experience, this applies for all design related platform:
You may want to quench your thirst of this idea by writing it out first and trying it (scan and apply) before jumping to conclusion that you can manage these expectations. By trying, u can understand its not as easy as you think. And you can also find out what you can / cannot do in terms of ability/control.
a. Can it be replicated as a font which looks good enough to sell in terms of execution standard (ie. Professional enough)?
b. Is it minimal in quantity or is it a 10 full page composition? Can you handle it all?
c. It can be selectively used, for a dramatic effect (u may still be able to merge with other fixed font type – but use your own handwriting to emphasis on something).
d. It does give extra work because u need to write it out  (few times at least till it looks good enough)
1. write it well
2. scan it.
3. clean it up (brightness / contrast) after you scan it
4. convert it into Gray in formats: .tif/.bmp/.eps to preserve its sharpness.
5. Place into your layout programme.

Caldecott Medal Winners
January 08, 11:38 am
Filed under: Children's Story Books

Award Winning Caldecott Medal winners:

Indie Island art + heroes online
January 08, 11:11 am
Filed under: Comics World

Copyright & courtesy of Heroesonline.com


Revered Filipino cartoonist Nestor Redondo. 
Above: splash panel to Redondo’s 1953 adaptation of the MGM film Quo Vadis for Ace Publications, taken from Gerry Alanguinan’s website.


The biggest conglomeration of indie creators and publishers in the Southeast is back, this year with over 10,000 square feet of indie magic, right at the center of HeroesCon! We’ll be updating this list every week right up until the show itself, so be sure and stop by often to see who’s just been added! And if you’re unfamiliar with some of the names below, be sure and stop by their websites to check out what we already know!


Types of Binding
January 08, 11:05 am
Filed under: Types of Binding

Perfect Bind: Glue outside edge for a flat edge

Saddle Stitch: One or more staples on the fold of signature

Side Stitch: Stapling the signatures together on the side rather than the fold

Case Binding: Signatures are sewn together and attached to hard hard cover

Plastic Comb Binding: Plastic teeth are fitting into a stack of papers

Three Ring Binding: Holes are punched into the pages and fitted into a binder

hand-bound originals – journals & books