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Flirt with communicating with a designer

18 Jul

Story goes :

Shannon (the secretary) lost her cat and asked David (the graphic designer) to help with a lost poster. This is their email correspondence:
(Read from top to bottom)

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From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.15am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Poster

Hi
I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing since then so I was wondering if you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.

This is the only photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old. missing on Harper street and my phone number.
Thanks Shan.

From:David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
That is shocking news.
Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.37am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Poster

yeah ok thanks. I know you dont like cats but I am really worried about mine. I have to leave at 1pm today.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.17am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
I never said I don’t like cats. Attached poster as requested.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.24am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah thats not what I was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small?

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.28am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
It’s a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.33am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Thats just stupid. Can you do it properly please? I am extremely emotional over this and was up all night in tears. you seem to think it is funny. Can you make the photo bigger please and fix the text and do it in colour please. Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.46am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
Having worked with designers for a few years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism. I don’t come downstairs and tell you how to send text messages, log onto Facebook and look out of the window. I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.59am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

This is worse than the other one. can you make it so it shows the whole photo of Missy and delete the stupid text that says missing missy off it? I just want it to say Lost.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.14am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.21am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah can you do the poster or not? I just want a photo and the word lost and the telephone number and when and where she was lost and her name. Not like a movie poster or anything stupid. I have to leave early today. If it was your cat I would help you. Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.32am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Awww

Dear Shannon,
I don’t have a cat. I once agreed to look after a friend’s cat for a week but after he dropped it off at my apartment and explained the concept of kitty litter. I have attached the amended version of your poster as per your detailed instructions.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.47am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Awww

Thats not my cat. where did you get that picture from? That cat is orange. I gave you a photo of my cat.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.58am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Awww

I know, but that one is cute. As Missy has quite possibly met any one of several violent ends, it is possible you might get a better cat out of this. If anybody calls and says “I haven’t seen your orange cat but I did find a black and white one with its hind legs run over by a car, do you want it?” you can politely decline and save yourself a costly veterinarian bill.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.07pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Please just use the photo I gave you.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.22pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.34pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

I didnt say there was a reward. I dont have $2000 dollars. What did you even put that there for? Apart from that it is perfect can you please remove the reward bit. Thanks Shan.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.42pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.51pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Can you just please take the reward bit off altogether? I have to leave in ten minutes and I still have to make photocopies of it.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.56pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 1.03pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Fine. That will have to do.

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Flirt with the Hipster Fashion Cycle

4 Jul

I think we can all relate to that.

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Flirt with Tim Burton Exhibition

4 Jul

Tim Burton? Who’s that?

Is he a writer?

What’s a Tim Burton Exhibition? Is he gonna give a talk or something?

But when I mentioned the stuff that he did…

Oh I know Edward Scissorhands…or Nightmare before Xmas.. how about Batman?…Sleepy Hollow… emm maybe Mars Attack.. hmm not into old movies? Ok how about Planet of the Apes.. Big Fish..er..Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… like songs? how about Sweeney Todd… or maybe..just maybe even.. ALICE IN THE WONDERLAND?

This is Tim Burton

and this is what happened after years and years of making such awesomely insane works

What makes me love his films even more is that the regular team that he worked with are those that I admired, enjoyed watching and… have the hots for *sigh

Tim Burton with Danny Elfman during their younger days. Elfman is one of my most favourite filmscorer.. (actually stole some of his ideas for my FS project hehe)

Perfect Match. Helena Bonham Carter usually plays interestingly weird characters.

TIm Burton and his MAN, Johnny Depp

On 22 November 2009, MoMA gave Tim Burton a blockbuster retrospective of his 700+ objects and artworks. Ranging from childhood to matured works and those that did not make it to the silver screen, it was an exhibition not only meant for Tim Burton fans but to anyone else who wants to be inspired.

Entrance to Tim Burton's world - Please adjust your eyes before entering

Entrance at MoMA, slightly different with ACMI

Stereotypical 50's suburb

Tim Burton was born in a suburban area, Burbank in California. In his exhibition, it was stated that Edward Scissorhands was a reflection of himself, being slightly out of place at where he was growing up. I love how it portrays society’s ‘disability’ to accept unfamiliarity and stamped out anyone that does not conform to the norm as ‘social rejects.’

Tim Burton's signature drawing style of Edward Scissorhands

The first item shown in the exhibition was Edward Scissorhands very detailed suit. I remember its 3 belts across its body and mis-matched shoes, with one side having a higher length boot.

 

Edward Scissorhands' shears

The many faces of Vincent Price

By looking at his artworks, you can see that Tim Burton was heavily influenced by Dr. Seuss, Japanese cult films, and Vincent Price’s works (the father of horrors who acted as The Inventor in the movie aka Scissorhands’ father).

Vincent Price was also part of Tim Burton’s first stop motion movie, ‘Vincent’. Vincent was produced in 1982, after Tim Burton decided to call it quits at Walt Disney as he got bored of being a conceptual artist and his works not being accepted.

Vincent Malloy is seven years old He’s always polite and does what he’s told For a boy his age, he’s considerate and nice But he wants to be just like Vincent Price

The main character in the 6 minutes movie was a boy called Vincent Malloy who thinks he is Vincent Price. The voice over was done by Vincent Price himself.

The more popular stop motion film that he made was A Nightmare Before Christmas. Great characters and songs, composed and sang by Danny Elfman himself as Jack Skellington. News has it that Tim Burton will make another stop motion film  for Addams Family using the traditional method in A Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride..maybe even black and white (yay!)

Me (Left) and Huinini's (Right) attempt on Jack Skellington. Notice Huinini's Santa Claus and 'red-pepper looking' pumpkin

Our artworks on the wall

Jack Skellington's original faces

Storyboard for Hansel and Gretel

Besides the mainstream stuff, the exhibition showed a lot of ‘never been seen’ films and art works. The one film that caught my attention was Tim Burton’s Hansel and Gretel, particularly because it is one of those stories that intrigued me since childhood. I revisited the Grimm’s Brothers Hansel and Gretel last year, and realized it’s actually very dark for a fairy tale… come to think about it, most fairy tales themes are dark and violent. Tim Burton’s obsession with Japanese culture can be seen from his version of Hansel and Gretel: American speaking Japanese cast, weird lookin’ Japanese toys, similar style and colour schemes with Godzilla.

Tim Burton’s works can also be viewed in his website, using Stainboy as the navigator.

Viewing the public gallery on Timburton.com

Stainboy is a character from The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, an illustrated book of poems. Tim Burton made 6 Stainboy episodes meant for online viewing (how very generous of him)

List of episodes:

  1. The Girl Who Stares”
  2. “The Toxic Boy”
  3. “The Bowling Ball”
  4. “The Robot Boy”
  5. “The Match Girl”
  6. “Stainboy’s Day Off

(L-R) The boy with nails in his eyes, Oysterboy, Voodoo Girl

Inspired by the book, four sets of Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys were produced such as The Boy with Nails in his EyesVoodoo GirlToxic BoyRobot Boy and others.

My favourite poem is “Robot Boy”: Mr. Smith was mad at Mrs Smith as she had gave birth to a robot son because of her sexual relationship with a blender.

“He never forgave her unholy alliance: a sexual encounter with a kitchen appliance.”

Robot Boy at the exhibition

When me and Huinini first saw Robot Boy at the exhibition, its head was closed and we weren’t sure where was he from. After staring at it for a minute, we decided to move on with our viewing. Somehow I caught a glimpse of its head opening slowly and I was too ‘shock’ to speak and kept trying to get Huinini to turn around and see that. Just when she was about to turn, the head SLAM SHUT!! causing Huinini to jump.. hehehe… There were a couple of funny ‘Huinini incidents’. She tried to touch a carousel figurine and was stopped just few millimetres from it (oh so close…), and glow in the dark patches on her face when we entered the UV Light Room (it was from her UV protection sunscreen), and her failed attempt to use her phone snap a picture of the Cheshire Cat from Alice in the Wonderland in the most stealth-like way possible (her flash and the ‘after snapping picture’ tone totally gave it away).

Never shoot a constipated poodle

The number series that didn't get published

Tim Burton's Balloon Boy

The Art of Tim Burton

With fold out pages

Tim Burton's letter to Johnny Depp on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

There is an interactive version of the exhibition on MoMA’s website.

All these weird, horrible images.. I think are crucial to childhood – Tim Burton




Flirt with losing your head

21 Jun

Losing your head

Flirt with what happens in working life

14 Jun

Got the job offer:
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At the first week:
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At the second week:
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At the ‘what the hell am I doing here’ phase:

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Once walk out from boss office:
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Got a pay raise:
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Public Holiday:
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Managed to meet job targets:
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When Google fucks you up:
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Weeknights:
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Saturday night:
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Caffeine rush:

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The after caffeine rush:
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After a full lunch:
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2 days before deadlines:
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1 day before deadlines:
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An hour till work ends:
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New task just 30mins before work ends:

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After work:
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Flirt with I was creative once! what the hell happened?!!

14 Jun

The picture is pretty much self-explanatory