Personal Projects

 
motion graphic characte
motion graphic character

Girls was a study in designing motion graphic-style characters. The historic role of the female in fashion was studied and researched for this piece of work. Noting how the idea of femininity in publications such as ELLE, VOGUE, and Blackpink has permeated mainstream society. My close connection with the fashion capital of New York also inspired this work. Another catalyst came when walking in the streets of New York, observing people dressed in a plethora of styles and putting on stylized voices, all of which served to inspire this piece of work.

A variety of contrasting colors such as red and green, yellow and purple were applied. I drew only with colors. The four characters also consist of simple geometric forms (e.g. circles as their heads, hair, ears, and cheeks; cylinders as their arms or legs and rectangles as their bodies).

Software: Adobe Illustrator

 

Cover design for my 2020 portfolio. The idea was based on the famous quote from The Phantom of the Opera -  "Let your fantasies unwind". The bubbles represent the ideas that continuously generate out of my head nonstop. Various geometric shapes like circles and triangles were added to boost the design.

Software: Photoshop

illustration
 
collage design

Never Close Your Eyes is an artistic collage that explores pointillism, lines, and shapes - specifically the boundaries they create and their interaction with the female protagonist. It also pays homage to one of my design inspirations - the Memphis Style. The Memphis Style was a fresh, emboldened approach to the design style of the 1970s, with bold colors and patterns, conjuring an eclectic range of predominantly humorous, childlike reactions in the viewer. Inspired by the Memphis Style, a combination of primary colors, geometric shapes, wavy lines, and repeated dot patterns, was utilized to create a playful impression.


As this collage entitled, “Never Close Your Eyes” is a personal statement to always embrace novelty and think outside the box - especially relevant in this modern era when contemporary design styles emerge and interplay with one another. 

Software: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop

 
graphic design
graphic design

A set of graphic arts case studies of various visual artists like Malika Favre and Kate Moross. The theme was “flowers”, represented by the leaf and petal patterns around their bodies. Traditional colors found within narcissus and iris flowers were not used; instead, unusual colors were applied in order to create contrasts between them. Photos of myself were referenced and I created rough designs in Photoshop, manipulating and engaging the characters’ angles, font styles, and kernings for the best readability. 

Software: Photoshop

Professional Works

A group of logo designs for practice. The first two logos, triangle and jump, were completed for a 365-day design challenge to create new typographic logos of common words used every day (founded by designers Liam + Jord). For the triangle, I rotated the letter “T” to create the triangle shape above other letters, while for the jump, I added two little “feet” to the letter “J” and “P” so the word seems to be springing. The kerning and white space were the other two important factors in consideration when designing these logos. Because the triangle is the most stable shape, the letters are closer to each other. Since the word “jump” should create a casual and happy feeling, each letter is further separated and loose.

The third logo is a design for myself. I was thinking of using my initials of A and Z and found out they could also be short for "art zone", so here it comes.

 

The final piece of work, draw for ideas, is a motif representative of my design process. Within the image, the pen forms a shape like a light bulb, which represents ideas. The background was produced in pastel colors to make the image and the words stand out. When drawing, there is often the feeling as though ideas are being directly extracted from my mind and transferred onto paper. That holds true for this project. 

Software: Adobe Illustrator

 
 
poster design

Two of the poster designs for various clients, inspired by artists such as Steven Harrington, Leta Sobierajski, and Mike Perry. I created the illustrations independently. The poster on the left was designed to promote a Saturday night musical event at the Harbor Bar. On the upper left corner of the piece, a moon wears a pair of headphones, communicating that this event happens at night and is music-related. The one on the right was for a lunch hour promotion at Hakata Ramen Bar. The word “noodles” is stretched so it looks like the chopsticks are taking the noodles out of the bowl. Manipulation of the visual hierarchy, placement of the text, and illustrations were made for legibility reasons. To achieve the highest level of readability, I created with contrasting colors such as black and white, and black and light pink. A modern, simplistic style of design was applied to both of the posters to attract an urban, adult market. 

Software: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop

poster design
pattern
socks design
pattern
socks design
 
pattern
socks design
pattern
socks design
pattern
socks design
pattern
socks design

A socks design project for a medical based apparel company that produces apparel for nurses and other medical professions.

Software: Photoshop

draw for ideas