Learning plan.


My posters


12 things you might learn in your first year as a designer. by Craig Oldham

  • Understand what graphic design means to you.
  • Be honest with yourself about your strength and your weakness.
  • A portfolio is for like, not just an interview.
  • Placements matter: Do them!
  • The design industry is small
  • Participate with other people and share your ideas
  • Graphic design is just a job, but being a designer is different
  • If you don’t fail then you aren’t trying
  • Life and work exist outside London
  • Designing is, probably, only 20% of your job
  • Have a life outside of design
  • Work hard and BE NICE TO PEOPLE!

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Are we human? or are we just cyborg.

Is technology helping us, shapes us to be more human? or is it just a new subjects that let us just follows without any doubt?

Text from TED: Amber Case is a cyborg anthropologist, examining the way humans and technology interact and evolve together. Like all anthropologists, Case watches people, but her fieldwork involves observing how they participate in digital networks, analyzing the various ways we project our personalities, communicate, work, play, share ideas and even form values.

What is Cyborg Anthropology?

Text from online document: A cyborg (shorthand for “cybernetic organism”) is a symbiotic fusion of human and machine. Anthropology, the study of humans, has traditionally concentrated on discovering the process of evolution through which the human came to be (physical anthropology), or on understanding the beliefs, languages, and behaviors of past or present human groups (archaeology, linguistics, cultural anthropology).

Text from cyborganthropology.com: A subsection of the Anthropology of Science dealing with human and non-human interaction, specifically prosthetic augmentation of natural systems and actors. Cyborg Anthropology studies tools as extensions of the body that can be removed and upgraded without having to rely on the time-consuming process of evolution.

Inspirations come from nowhere.

22nd Jan today.

This morning I went to the Saatchi gallery. Actually is been a while not visiting gallery and museum.

Steven Bishop - J'Adore


Toby Ziegler - Designated for Leisure

Jaime Gili - Ochoa


When I was looking at these art pieces, I was thinking is these art? or can they be design as in Graphic design? People say Art is pure creation and Design is a creation that functional for human living and also making money. But is this question divine what art and design is?

Went to the Gallery shop after the visit. (as usual!) Saw two books that I really want to have a read.


Masaaki Hiromura – What Design Can Do. What Design Should Do.

Rian Hughes - Culture

Masaaki Hiromura – What Design Can Do. What Design Should Do.

This book is about Masaaki Hiromura his Japanese design perception and what is design to our living style. Masaaki Hiromura was born in the aichi prefecture, japan in 1954. after graduating from musashino art university in 1977 he began working for tanaka ikko design office in tokyo.

Rian Hughes – Culture: Ideas can be dangerous

taken from the intro: “Culture is roughly anything we do and the monkeys don’t.” – Lord Raglan. Culture is your local consensus reality; your clothing, cuisine and hairstyle, the music you listen to, the films you see; your values, ideas, beliefs and prejudices. Culture, unlike race, is not quite an inevitability of birth, but ultimately, in its choice of statements, an intellectual position. Today culture has a powerful new vector: the internet. Ideas–from a YouTube video to a viral marketing phenomenon or a fundamentalist religion–are traveling further and faster, and changing the cultural landscape like never before. In a new electronic democracy of ideas, cultural power is devolving to the creative individual.



  • Bigger paper. NO A4!
  • Less is more.
  • We are human not machine
  • Let your emotions fly.
  • Optimism is the key.
  • Embrace Culture.
  • It is all about the idea!
  • The cutting mat is our playground!
  • Smile more! LOL! (laugh out loud)
  • Think it up side down.

3 weeks and a bit…

Time is ticking. After the presentation on Tuesday I realized we already studied in Ravensbourne for 3 months, and now we are having quite a lot of projects and documents to do for our first semester assessment.

Here is my Research Strategy.

What am I going to do for the final project? I really can not tell the answer yet because there are still a lot of fascinating subjects which I need to explore and research on, for example I am really interested in branding, typography, cultural influence on design and second life (virtual space).

The reason why I have he motivation to do a project is my curiosity on how graphic designs can be translate into different aspect such as different language, its semiotics. Graphic design is a bridge that visually link between human kind and creative thoughts.


As I mention before my main key points are cultural influences, branding and typography. In order to find out what are they is to do a textual and visual research.

Reading books will do the main recourses for my research and also Internet is a very powerful tools for finding references and recourses. It will be a good start with put down the key words on the search engine through internet.  Those are the secondary research and sometimes if it is relavant to my work, a primary research should have done for a better preliminary research such as survey and interviews.


It is very important to use sketchbook and do a brain storming, to deconstruct and reconstruct the information and ideas. At the same time always refer back to the research that I have done to develop a further depth of analysis.


Basically from now on, I have 3 weeks to finish 4 main objectives. A manifesto poster, a 3rd individual project, 1500 words Learning Log review and 3000 words Individual text(aka literature review).

pretty much this weekend I want to finish my Manifesto and start my 1500 words Learning Log review. Then the next following weeks are basically focus on my 3rd individual project and the Literature review; one week for research and idea development, one week for further development and prototyping, one week for finalizing project work.

Here is a mind map for my manifesto (A very good start! haha!). What I put into this map is all things that I do all that time and also my believes as well. I think from doing this manifesto it helps you think about who you are and also this is a very effective way to show people your personality.