Thursday, April 30, 2009

Quality vs Quantity

Everyone can design a typeface but not everyone can design it well.

Back in the days when typographers were kings only a few thousand worldwide knew and could design and make a font. It was something that needed professional skills to accomplish. Not anyone off the streets could be skillful enough to create a font/typeface.

Fast forward a thousand years and you'll find that anyone who has access to a computer (Mac or PC) with softwares such as Fontographer or anything similar could design a font. There are millions of fonts out there worldwide now. Then comes the question, does that mean everyone is a king?

I would say no.

Though the end product of both typedesigner, then and now, is the same; A new font is born. The difference lies in the quality of the font. The real kings would have place a lot of consideration into a type before 'giving birth' to it. Most fake kings would just make some changes, tweak a little here and there and *drumroll* you have a font! It's an abuse, really.
Disclaimer : I'm not saying all typographers now are creating worthless fonts.

With great power comes great responsibility - Spiderman (2002)

Type designers or should I say accidental type designers indulge themselves in the power of modern technology but neglect the responsibility that comes with it. There is enough of 'rubbish' fonts out there. There is enough of 'copy-cat' fonts as well. When will the abuse of power stop? It will never, I suppose...

Hence the need to make them understand why does a font look the wat it does. It is crucial for a 'real' designer to understand a font before using it appropriately.

I shall end with this,

Every designer can use a typefacec but not every designer can use it well.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

www.sllim.com

I now have my own domain. It's www.sllim.com.

The main page

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From there you can access 3 pages

1. Blog

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2. Design

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I'll be uploading some of my design work there later. It's still under construction. Hopefully not for long.

3. Photography

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I'll be uploading my best photos here. There are 2 categories at the moment. There will be more soon once I've sorted out my photos.

Coming soon : About me section, Contact me section.
I could think of 2 now, if there's more I'll include it.

My website would be like a place to host my work/portfolio.

I've chose to keep things really simple because that's the way I like to work. Minimalism. Less is more. Therefore I felt it is important to reflect that on my website.

It's still work in progress but at least it's up! And it wouldn't change much if I need to do any changes.

Do take a look and give me your feedback, comment, critique, etc.

Cheers

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Doubt Attack!

After a really unproductive day (yesterday), I had a serious case of 'Doubt Attack'. Random thoughts, unwanted thoughts and the 'what ifs...' flew around my mind. To which I persuaded myself and conclude that there is no more what ifs. It's too late for all those and definately too late for any changes. All I can and have to do now is to push on forward. Put my all, if not, my majority into what I'm doing now.

Reflecting on my feedback, I feel that I'm not sure how to move forward in certain areas. There seems to be a lot of road blocks. It somehow reminds me of 2 sentences in the song 'My Wish' by Rascal Flatts. "If one door opens to another door closed, I hope you keep on walking til you find a window". I'm going to have to find my window to move on.

Questions, questions, questions. What are the questions I should be asking? How deep should my questions be? What about professional design that I need to ask? How contemporary is contemporary? What, How, Where, When, Who, Whom, Whose, Which. Questions!

I feel taht I'm so far behind some of my classmates. It makes me wonder if I could ever chase up to them. That really isn't a valid question because I know I have to. No more wasting time and I have to keep my level of unproductivity to a minimal. [Note to self : Time management!]

How could I challenge the established parameters? How could I be original? Critical debate? Analysis? The two things I feel are my main weaknesses! What actually is the idea behind my project??? The need to educate people on how to use text? or why does a typeface look like how it does? The latter seems to be what I want to say but how should/do I commnicate it across? Again, it pours down to the relationship between visual and text. Which could be strengthen by critical debate and deep analysis. Ah... 天啊! Help! I somehow know what I think I want but to communicate it our proves more challenging than what I expected. [Note to self : Just gotta work harder!]

Struggles... struggles... struggles... Never seems to end. With so little time left, I need to work harder if I want to achieve what I want to achieve. I need to know how to put my thoughts down to pper and then to design. I need to analyse my research further and deeper. (我的天!) It's tough for a 'non-thinker' like me. [Note to brain : Please work! Don't dissapoint me!]

In terms of design, I need to :
- develope more page layout
- develope more typographic design
- understand my audience
- show what I understand (in my mind) to paper (design)
- appreciate current aesthetics in book design

To do list for this term :
- developement & exploration
- back to the bookstores
- be in the mind of my audience
- translate my mind to paper
- analyse deeper
- be not so personal with my design (it's for me but not for me)

Closing note, I've gotta push myself more!

Message to self :
Adui... kenapalah aku pilih untuk menyeksa diriku? Saja untuk keseronokan? Untuk sekeping kertas? Aih... walau apa sebabnya dah terlalu lewat untuk patah balik atau tukar fikiran. Jalan yang boleh ku pilih hanya satu, iaitu ke depan. Berusahalah! Yakin pada diriku! Aku boleh!