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Design Marathon (Day 19) – Dead Calm

With all these pre-graduation projects, Chinese exams and stuff it feels crazy around workshop these days. Here is a poster I put together after taking HSK (Chinese proficiency) test. If you liked this poster, feel free to download it as a desktop image for your computer or iPhone, iPad. Enjoy.

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Design Marathon (Day 18) – Free website template for your iOS app

Here is a Retina quality simple and minimalistic, one page free PSD website template for your upcoming iOS app. The picture you see on the iPhone was made by me in Uzbekistan.

Just a little freebie I put together this afternoon. Enjoy.

Download .psd

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Organic Puer Tea packaging design for Chara (Singapore)

I’m happy to announce the packaging we designed for a “Chara” tea brand, based in Singapore. The company producing top quality organic tea in Yunnan, China. Here is a short intro from them:

It is believed that about a thousand years ago, tea first spread across China and Asia from its origins in Pu’er through a network of paths known as the Tea Horse Road or 茶马道. Today, Pu’er county and its nearby areas still produce some of the finest teas in the world. In Chara, you will experience the highest quality puer tea from old tea trees; absent of any form of chemical fertilisers – yes, Chara’s puer is organic!

Letterpress on the packaging:

Lot’s of process shots below, so beware!
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Design Marathon (Day 15)

Day 15 of the “Design Marathon” and a sneak preview of my graduation project, here is an iOS icon I designed recently.

New Capoeira Hangzhou identity, bag and T-shirt design

Things were pretty busy for the last week around here, despite my graduation work and thesis I’m still able to find some free time for personal projects, like this one over here. I’m stocked to unveil this totally new Capoeira Hangzhou identity, and a T-shirt design.

First, I spent a couple of days sketching out capoeira moves and looking for the one that suits capoeira most of all in my point of view. The Freedom – that’s the feeling I wanted to show in my design, the freedom of movement that capoeira gives you.

Since we are doing capoeira in China, I though it would be great to use some traditional painting medium, like Chinese Ink. Ink is a lot like capoeira, it’s fluid but on the other hand is very solid and strong. With both of them you have to develop a great control in order to achieve a beautiful result. It took me a while to recollect the skills they taught me during the Chinese Calligraphy class at school and here is what I came up with:

Some initial sketches and movement studies:

The main design:

After I developed the new design, me, Camisa Preta & Baboon borrowed some silkscreen equipment at China Academy of Art and started the print run. The whole printing process took us 2 days.

Camisa Preta holding our design:

Baboon preparing the silkscreen:

Washing the silkscreen:

High pressure cleaning:

Final check:

Making sure everything is neat and clean:

Baboon installing the screen:

Bringing in the color:

Printing in progress:

The first bag is ready:

Baboon resting:

Camisa Preta wrapping a bunch of freshly printed posters:

Design Marathon (Day 14)

A small gif animation of a UI button I created today in the afternoon. Love the glow.

Design Marathon (Day 13)

I went a bit off the track with my Design Marathon thing. I was so happy doing all the personal projects, that almost completely forgot about my Thesis and Final Graduation Project for school. Well, first things first, it took me a while to get the Thesis correct and to execute an idea for the Graduation Project (which I’ll post in the nearest future). Now, however, when I have more free time I want to continue with the “D.M.”.

The 13 day was the day of sketching. I spent an afternoon watching various capoeira rodas and quickly sketching capoeira moves with a Chinese ink. All of these sketches were made under 20 sec.

for Akira Kurosawa

Here is my small tribute for a great Japanese filmmaker – Akira Kurosawa. That’s been a while since I came up with an idea for this poster, however today, seems like a perfect day for executing it. Happy 103 birthday, Kurosawa-san!

The poster was made around the “7 Samurai” anime.

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