YCN Done and Posted!

So yeah, after many struggle one after another and fighting against time. I managed to send off my final YCN Google board in the post yesterday and made it by half an hour before it closed! And it only cost me £6.70 for a guarantee next day 1p.m. delivery. And by the time I’ve finished writing this it should already be there an hour ago. After working so hard on a serious competition brief, I feel relaxed now. No more stressing over this and no more nervous break down again! I have to admit, even though the brief says I just need to explain what a Web Browser is, it wasn’t that easy or simple as it says. And using a frizbee as a metaphor, it was a great idea but hard to explain the details in the middle and how it ends. But I managed to do it with help from the staff at college. I wouldn’t be able to finish it without their help. There was times when I wanted to throw everything in the bin, give up, walk out and even quit Uni but even near the end and running out of time, I chose not to throw in the towel and quit. I chose to continue against time and the biggest opponent of them all was ‘me’ as I was losing hope on getting it done in time and there were moments were it nearly stopped me from getting it sent off in time too. But luck was on my side and things got fixed and sorted. I had to run to the Post Office fast as I could since I didn’t had my phone or watch on me so I didn’t know the time at all! Plus I just beaten the weather too as it started to rain after I got my board posted. I got soaked on the way back but at the same time, I had the biggest smile on my face because against all odds, I did it, I proved to myself and everyone else, I can do it!


Rubbish Art

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News about some guy throwing well known ‘rubbish’ art in a huge art-bin.

flash animation test

I’ve done couple of test animation in Flash for the Creative Futures work that Laura, Lucy and Emily are doing.

They wanted a Animation of the ‘Creative Future’ word on the NWSAD website.

Letter C Test by =akraru on deviantART

Letter F Test by =akraru on deviantART

Beer Competition News And Results

My friend sent me a post on facebook today telling me and our team were on the BBC Wales News online today!

Here’s another news article from the Chester Chronicle website plus it has more details on the story and how you can help sponsor us!

I give you all a quick brief of the story. Basically me and my friends entered a business competition in Uni along with other people from our Uni. Since we’re from a Art and Design course, this should be fun and easy. The competition was to design, brand and promote a new beer bottle (pale ale drink) but the theme to the design was to show or represent Owain Glyndwr (wiki or google him). There was 7 teams in total but only 4 teams get to go to the finals where it will be judged by the guy from Brewdog company. We did a video presentation and sent it to Brewdog, it felt like Dragons Den and The Apprentice style. Our team was one of the 4 to go through. He gave a video reply of his feedback of the 4 teams and announced at the end that our team was the winner! I’m really excited that we won and it’s some thing that I can put in my portfolio or in my C.V. lol.

About a week later we got our prizes from Uni, Brewdog sent us some of their drinks to us for free lol. And we had a photo shoot for the local news paper and for the BBC News. And last Friday (18th Dec) I had a call from Uni telling me that the BBC News wanted to have a phone interview with them, (wooow lol) so I gave him a call and a had my interview. Most of the things I said is on that news article.

mechanical Limbs

I read this online on the BBC News website about a guy who is a computer programmer from Finnland who has made himself a prosthetic replacement with a USB drive attached to his finger.

Click here for the full new articul on the BBC News website

After reading this it also reminded me about another artictal I read in a newspaper last week. About a 7 yr old boy from Texas, born without a working set of legs. He has a rare condition called Sacral Agenesis which caused deformities to his spine in the womb. He arrived without any tibia or knee bones and had to have his legs amputated below the knee at 15 months. But now he has 5 pairs of prosthetic legs for different occasions since he was 1 1/2 yrs old.

Click here to read the full articul from the Daily Mail

Creative Futures Week

Between 9th Feb – 12th Feb NWSAD was holding the ‘Creative Futures Week’ event. The First event I went was ‘ 4 Years Out. Advice and Career By a former student to the college, Joe List who did the Animation course and Graduated in 2005. When I heard about this meeting I thought this was great to hear a former student giving out his experiance and advice after graduating from college, even though he did the Animation course that didn’t matter as at the end most of us will be at the same position to start out our future. That way we all know what to expect and what to do once we finish the course. He’s a good artist and he has shown us some of his works that he done for the kids TV channel ‘Nickelodeon’. One of my favourite works that he has done was his animation work he done on Flash for a website.

Second event I went to was ‘A Career in Design’ by Steve Rooke. Moment he started I thought he looked abit like the singer Jamiroquai a.k.a Jay Kay. But any ways, this I thought would be another interesting speech because he has been doing this for along time and has plently of experiances under his belt. It was great of him telling us about how to start, where to go and how to do it right and what not to do. Some things I already know but he told us loads more that I didn’t know and to become and look professional. He even told us how the industries and companys think and what to do to get their attention to hire you and what to do when you get the job, how you work for them ie show them ‘respect’ to the staff.

The 3rd event i attended was ‘Which Way Now?’ not too sure who it was and unfortunantly my phone didn’t record his speech very well and i can’t tell what he’s saying.

Manufactured Landscapes


Ok I know this is a very late since I watched this dvd couple months ago, but any ways.  In January, Adam let us watch a dvd called ‘Manufactured Landscapes it’s a feature length documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky makes large scale photographs of ‘manufactured landscapes’  quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, dams. He photographs civilization’s materials and debris, but in a way people describe as “stunning” or “beautiful,” and so raises all kinds of questions about ethics and aesthetics without trying to easily answer them.

The film follows Burtynsky to China as he travels the country photographing the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. Sites such as the Three Gorges Dam, which is bigger by 50% than any other dam in the world and displaced over a million people, factory floors over a kilometre long, and the breathtaking scale of Shanghai’s urban renewal are subjects for his lens and our motion picture camera. When the film started, I didn’t have a clue what this film was about until it shown a scene of a chinese factory going down the coridor then straight away i thought ‘oh… it’s about China’. Since I AM chinese but a ‘British born’ chinese, I pretty much knew what this film was about already the moment I saw chinese workers even though this is the first time I’ve seen and heard about  this film. I also already know about the manufactorying in China, the production, wastes etc but never actually seen what it was really like because China doesn’t want the world to see it until I saw the film and the level of what I thought it might be was no way near it.

Shot in Super-16mm film, Manufactured Landscapes extends the narrative streams of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our profound impact on the planet and witness both the epicentres of industrial endeavour and the dumping grounds of its waste. What makes the photographs so powerful is his refusal in them to be didactic. We are all implicated here, they tell us: there are no easy answers. The film continues this approach of presenting complexity, without trying to reach simplistic judgements or reductive resolutions. In the process, it tries to shift our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it.

After the film ended I thought it was a brilliant documentary but at the same time I felt quite sad and emotional watching it seeing the unknown parts of China which I mentioned earlier that they don’t want the world to see, the landscale pile of wastes polluting the area and water, the condition of what the people are going through. Yes it’s nice to see that China is catching up to the world like U.S.A. and U.K. etc but what about the people from the old tradition China?  These are the things that most people did not know about until the issue was raised when it was first known that China was gonna hold the Olympics 2008. Yes this is quite a ‘touchy’ subject for me to talk about but I dare NOT to talk about this to my dad or my step mum (she’s from China) because of ‘fear’ and I don’t know what they are like about it even though we seen this issue being talked about in the News (aboth Western news ie BBC News and News in Hong Kong and China).