Element Poster

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The role of elements and principles in graphic design is to organize and categorize types of art, and also be presented as a foundation for any piece of work. This design task is to create an educational poster on an element or principle of graphic design, that displays and describes the element or principle clearly.

The first idea was to seamlessly blend colours, although during revisions, my partner  commented on the fact that it wasn’t the correct representation of form.  The other was to make squares within squares, although it seemed too simple. However, during the revision phase, the squares were actually the most approved of, and almost became the final piece, although the design was not complex enough, and thus was phased out.

The second idea was an abstract drawing of Phineas from Phineas and Ferb, which was then elongated. However, it didn’t illustrate depth in a way that was attractive. During the revision phase, this piece was phased out.

The third idea was the final idea. I received inspiration from igneous rock formations, which I thought represented the element of form well (constantly repeating chains of octagonal prisms (3D octagons) that potruded from the floor. ) During the revision phase, my partner said to make it less disorganized and chaotic, and rather neat protrusions from an angle, rather than from the center, which would look more attractive.

The fourth idea was to illustrate a hamburger with only potruding squares, although time ran out before it was finally completed, and was rushed into submission. This was phased out during the revision phase.

First idea Phineas and Form (Second Idea) Third Idea (Final presentation) Fourth Idea (Incomplete)

CER Menagerie

In the short story “Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu, the origami animals represent his mother’s love and his mother’s story. The main origami figure “Laohu” was the first to be brought to life, and thus, represents his mother’s mother, giving birth to his mother. The second piece of evidence that represents her

Paper Thesis

In Ken Liu’s short story “Paper Menagerie”, Jack’s understanding of his identity changes from embracing his Chinese culture, to abandoning his traditions to adopt western ideals. The author demonstrates this change through the use of symbolism, characterization, and conflict.


On the Sidewalk Bleeding Thesis

On the Sidewalk Bleeding by Evan Hunter

The main character in Evan Hunter’s short story entitled “On the Sidewalk Bleeding” Initially believes that being a royal is a privilege, but later understands it’s an indignant curse. His changing understanding is revealed through the use of symbolism, setting, and internal thought.

Evidence 1.

“That’s for you royal” the voice had said. “That’s for you, Royal!” Even in his pain, there had been some sort of pride in knowing he was a Royal. Now there was no pride at all. With the rain beginning to chill him, with the blood pouring steadily between his fingers, he knew only a sort of dizziness. He could only think: I want to be Andy. ”

Evidence 2

“He watched the world passing at him at the other end of the alley. The world didn’t know he was Andy. The world didn’t know he was alive. He wanted to say, “Hey, I’m alive!” Hey, look at me! I’m alive! Don’t you know I’m alive? Don’t you know I exist?”

Evidence 3

“The alley looked very long now. He could see people passing at the other end of it, and he wondered who those people were, and he wonered if he would ever get to know them, wondered who it was of the Guardians who had stabbed him, who had plunged the knife into his body.”

Persona Poster

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PDF Version of Persona Poster

Ryan Quon

Design, to me, is the production or enhancement of a product that improves aspects of daily life.  My goals in design are to improve my skills in building and designing objects/products, and familiarizing myself with new tools. I have interests in architectural, interior, and product design.  My skills in design include using Fusion 360 and Adobe Illustrator.

I used a style that I wanted to resemble Elena Rossato’s style, which displays vibrant, and occasionally, psychedelic colours. Her work generally uses two primary colours: Blue and red, which I wanted to replicate.

The design started with a white outline, that traced all differences in light and visible bones. They also placed borders on the face, which I would use to plan out the process. On the first day, I completed the outline and tested some brushes.  I experimented with colour palettes and different pens and brushes and came to the conclusion of using green, blue, and yellow as this poster’s primary skin and background colours. The hair would remain black. The second day, I completed the eye, cheek, and part of the upper lip. On the final day, I finished the nose, ears, chin and mouth. I used the pen “Studio Pen” for the whole process because I thought its sleek and flowing-like lines were what was best for the person poster.

I think this style reflects me because I love oil paintings. I also find music, stories, and art with deeper meanings another thing that I enjoy, something with open interpretation, and I think this style of art  Initially, I wanted to use skin colours for my persona poster, although I thought that would remove the aesthetic I wanted to achieve. As a result, I chose blue, which according to plan, would later be complemented with yellow and green.

I think the success of my persona poster was substandard. I didn’t complete the persona poster on time, and half of the face wasn’t finalized. If I were to redo the project, I would spend less time planning and more time working. I probably should’ve chose a less detail-demanding style to draw with. I left most of the face incomplete, and some areas that needed minor adjusting. (The nose for example) If I used a larger pen size and less variety in colour, the process would have been much faster. However, if it were concluded, the poster would certainly represent me as an individual.


3rd Day

Leather Design Challenge

Leather Design Challenge

During the summer, my gum experienced a few problems. Because the gum sat under the sun for so long, the texture became soft and too tenuous. Some even melted or split apart. In addition, the case got ripped and malformed the gum pieces. My product provides a good solution, by insulating the gum packet, and protecting it from heat. It also protects it from getting ripped by keys or cards. During this assignment, I had learned how to sow using a sewing machine, something I previously had no experience in, although it turned out much harder than I had anticipated. If I could start from the beginning again, I would add the buttons and pins first, before I sew. I also should have understood how the buttons ad pins worked before trying them completely blind. I think the sowing was the part I struggled with most because the amount of pressure placed on the foot press must be stable at all times. I also found it challenging, because I couldn’t keep up with the pace of the machine at some points, which resulted in large mounds of string. However, that didn’t stop it from being a decent product. The entire holder is a single piece, not including the strap. That minimized scraps, glue, or additional sowing. Lastly, I’m proud of this product, because this was the first time I had tried using a sewing machine on leather, and what came out was not a total failure. And considering the design limitations, I’d say this product is pretty good!

Sniffinator 2000

In this product design unit, we were required to design a prototype of a tool capable of identifying smells. The design is labeled Design 3 on my design paper. My product, the Smellificator 2000, took inspiration from the Portal gun from Portal, a Sous Vide cooker, and Nitrous Oxide Canisters. The machine functions as a drone, as well as a gun. The bottom grip was designed to easily wrap around the user’s hand, as shown in image 1, for easy handling, and drone release. In addition, four propellers on all four sides and one rocket propel and control the drone, the propellers able to pivot on an axis. The first layer sucks in the smell and holds it within the fourth layer, and identifies it on the third layer. The data is then brought to the computer, the cylindrical object suspended on the first layer. The computer features an on-off button on the bottom, and a touch-pad screen on top, that displays all data and controls the entire machine. The battery is located in the middle of the machine, where the propellers are placed. To reach it, unscrew the bottom, and the battery is exposed. The gun can be used on the spot, to identify the smell. However, that won’t reveal its location. That’s what the drone is designed to do: track and locate the smell’s origin. The drone is deployed by throwing it into the air, rocket side down. There are 9 layers in total, 1-2 for sniffing, 3 to identify, 4 for smell storage, 5 for battery and propellers, 6-9 for the rocket.

Fight for Posterity

This is the Diary of Rodrigo Morales, a 21-year-old college student, living in a wealthy family supported by their large sugarcane business. His home country Havana has experienced a chain of unsettling revolutions, although a new one is occurring, descending the nation in entropy. As a result, he must decide how to protect the nation’s serene beauty, before it’s all enveloped by chaos.

During this revolution, several things changed and continued. Two examples of continuity include 1. The government was again re-established with a military coup by rebels, similar to past military cups conducted by other leaders. 2. Sugar still accounts for most economic income of Cuba. Two examples of change include 1. Literacy and healthcare provided for all Cubans 2. The nationalization of agricultural production.

Lightbox Project

This Product design unit required me to design a laser-cut landscape, divided into several wooden layers, as contents within a 95 – 55 –  30 millimeter box. The box features a special location that we couldn’t visit due to Covid-19 related reasons. I occasionally visit cousins in Vancouver, British Columbia in the winter. However, The trip was unfortunately canceled due to the situation occurring. The environment I chose is in Manning National Park, Lighting Lake, a campsite we frequently go to during the remaining days of the visit. It’s a multicolored shed on an open field across a mountain range.

During this assignment, I learned several skills involved in the process of designing a lightbox. This includes merging objects, rounding edges, image tracing / expanding, and forming silhouettes from images. I used a software program known as Adobe Illustrator, which allowed me to laser-cut the lightbox. I also utilized websites, for example, the noun project for icons, and makecase

for the design of the initial box. I also received more practice in using acrylic paints, like using masking tape to isolate areas of the product, and blending colours.

There are several things I would like to change about the lightbox. I thought the initial box design was too complicated, and I despised some aspects of the design. I also wish I was less ambitious with the design because I had significantly greater plans that eventually were abandoned due to time issues. I would’ve estimated the amount of work, made reasonable assumptions of what I can do in that time, and started on level 1, and built it upwards from there.  I also would’ve opted for a less dynamic box, because the repeating chains of etched layers seem too diorienting and strange for my tasting. Now, I think a more bare-bones, simple design would be nicer.  Next, I think I’d blend more colours for the backround, using several colours rather than just one. Finally, I think I should’ve used more trees in the design, in less perfect shapes, so the natural aspect is more apparent. Imperfection is perfect.

Angry Hagrid vs the World

By Ryan Quon, Ethan Anderton, and Anya Pan

Latin American Hagrid fights the Batista fashionista and his oversized hats. From foot fungus to gorilla warfare, and a communist uprising, the Cuban Revolution brought small Caribbean island to become a global threat of nuclear war. Great figures emerged from rural environments to become people capable of ending the world. Revolutions occur due to a significant imbalance between those with power and those without it. Those with unrestricted ability will manipulate it however they please, because those who lack ability cannot limit its growth, and so it eventually grows until the imbalance becomes so severe that people sacrifice everything because they have nothing left to sacrifice besides their own skin and bone. A pattern that I noticed with revolutions was the struggle for power. The opposing government was corrupted, which resulted in a revolt, which resulted in the creation of another corrupt government. It’s a perpetual cycle that produces death and desecration and provides only a brief moment when the world is at peace until the inevitable cycle rekindles its flame.

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