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Look Who’s Had A Facelift?

A little late on my posting, but being an addict on instants last month I noticed that Lucky Me gave one of its product a new design aligning from their pansit canton series I posted almost this time last year here.

Lucky Me's new packaging for Mac n' Cheez

If only I had kept its old packaging I’d be posting a better photo of the old version. I got this photo in the net instead as reference of the old Mac n’ Cheez packaging:

The old packaging of Lucky Me's Mac n' Cheez

It’s a drastic change. I had a little bit of a hard time looking for Lucky Me’s Mac n’ Cheez in the supermarket last time because I still have in mind the color blue and that golden-yellow packaging. Still wondering why the company decided to have the packaging’s color “lighten” when they can still maintain a hint of that same blue so their consumers won’t be mislead or have a hard time looking for the product. Though I haven’t seen their other products having “facelift” but I do get the idea that they’re unifying the look of their instant noodles with the same layout: name on left and product shot on right.

I still find the white color weak for this packaging and will be drowning among all those instant noodles and competitors in the shelves. The blue color could have made the packaging “solid” or bolder and even helped the color yellow to make it look more enticing and “cheesier” since it’s a mac n’ cheese. Well, that’s just me ;)

Hmmm… let’s see who else will be having some changes in their brand and packaging design.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Design, FYI (For Your Information)

 

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The Reason Why…

Image from Pinterest.com
 

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A Reminder On Happiness

Another thought found in Pinterest.com

Amen? ;)

 

50 Things You Should Know About Graphic/Brand Designers

Photo by Cam Riley from http://www.southsearepublic.org/

An adaptation from the original post I read by a bourbon for silvia’s 50 Reasons Not To Date A Graphic Designers and here’s my version (with a few edits and explanation) so you’ll somehow understand a family member, an officemate, a friend and probably your soon-to-date designer: 50 Things You Should Know About Graphic/Brand Designers.

1. We are weird people: But we don’t bite. And we don’t physically or verbally hurt people (well, most of the time… kidding!).


2. There are billions of us in the world, like colors on the screen of your computer: Bet you don’t know that, huh? :p


3. We analyze conversations in layers: As to what you are saying with perhaps what you intended to say.

4. We could spend the day assembling furniture from IKEA: Not that we don’t know how to but we study the furniture or structure again for possible learning which we perhaps can apply at work.

5. We drink and eat all kinds of weird stuff just because we like the packaging. <– This I can’t deny!!! Wait does this means we judge by how the packaging looks like? YES.

6. We (secretly) hate each other: Not all, just some to be explained by entry no. 12.

7. We usually come out the last out of the movies: because we have to see not just the full list of credits but also to check out if there are inserted clips at the end like what Pixar or Marvel Entertainment do. (Have you seen Thor? You understand what I mean then.)

8. We fuck up all the tables with their cutters: blame the clients that ask for mockups (kidding!)

9. We rather study the paisley pattern on your outfit than listen to what you have to say: not all the time, just when what you’re saying is all too much about you or when your topic is irrelevant or not interesting to us.

10. Our house is filled with magazines and whatever is out there that has drawings: of course, we have to update ourselves. The world is now our classroom.

11. If we give you an artwork or a photograph, you can’t tell if it is really an original or a copy: That’s how good we are. Hihihi :p

12. We can detect posers: And we can catch them when we start talking in technical by experience.

13. We do not know how to add and subtract, we just understand letters <– I TOTALLY DISAGREE!!! I make structural designs like gondolas, window displays, make boxes and bottle from 3D softwares plus make booth designs and layout as well and I do planograms. All those requires adding and subtracting numbers, even the basic use of the Pythagorean Theorem formula. We may not be engineers or physicists but we just don’t recognize numbers, we know and work on them!

14. We idolize people who nobody knows and speak of them as if they were our colleagues: Yes, we do. Because those people made something from design and art.

15. We take pictures almost daily: Some has those 360 Project, other just post something interesting (for us) that might be for others as well.

16. We ask your opinion about everything but we do whatever we want: It just so happen that we analyze and compare… and DECIDE.

17. Everything is left justified, right or center unless they arrive late: Either we just wanted everything laid out fine if not perfect or most of us are OCs :D

18. We hate Comic Sans with the same passion they love Helvetica: Use of the word “hate” is quite downplayed. We DESPISE Comic Sans!!!

19. We use the iPhone for everything, because everyone has one: This is not true. Not all have iPhones. Some has iPad, MacAir or Macbook Pro :p

20. You can not decorate the house without consulting them: True even though Interior Design is from a different college or degree course.

21. We steal street signs: Not all but there was a rumor that some guys from a certain Fine Arts school stole a statue of Ronald McDonald in one of it’s store chains.

22. We always carry our hands painted with something or cut from cutter or paper: We’re working, what do you expect?

23. We buy dolls unfinished for them to paint: It’s relaxing for some. A way too, for expressing once idea without being terrorized ;)

24. Everything becomes something other than what it really is: cards as tickets, cards as … Well, what can we do? We’re creative… and we recycle ;)

25. When arguing, you will be nicknamed like the OSX spinning wheel (not affectionately): It’s what we call code naming Ü

26. Do not know how to dress without consulting the Pantone book: Really?

27. We hate Excel: Oh hell YEAH!

28. We read comics: and graphic novels too!

29. We want to save the world only with a poster: well, there’s an upgrade now… include stickers as well :p

30. You will spend the day brainstorming: probably… or watching a movie or reruns of…

31. On vacation they will take you to countries that you do not know exist and have no beach: we like adventure and never before seen possible photo subjects :p

32. Museums are our second home: True. But each has their own preference.

33. We know more positions than the Kamasutra: Oh. Really. Now. It’s for you to know and for me to find out ;)

34. We can’t go to a restaurant without secretly critiquing the menu design: A-MEN.

35. We listen to music you have never heard of.


36. We can´t cook a normal dish, they always have to experiment with new ingredients: Don’t worry. So far, there’s no recorded event of food poisoning by a designer, yet.

37. We read rare books: stories of children, Semiotics… in connection with no. 10, learning doesn’t stop after graduation. And we’d like to know OTHER stuff as well… stuff that interests us Ü

38. When we are going to tell you something, everyone has read it in their Facebook and Twitter: Can this be counted as (some) designer’s life is an open book? Hahaha.


39. We have own iPods before you knew they existed: We support, spread and live with good… no, BEST designs.

40. The orgasm we remember is when we heard that Adobe was acquiring Macromedia: Hmmm… on a personal note, I was actually not quite satisfied with what Adobe did to Freehand :( They just killed it. Didn’t apply its simplicity (of use and tools) with Illustrator :(

41. We have our own shops just for us and there are the most expensive in the city: Privileged? Hahaha. It’s just like for the fashionistas, there’s Forever 21.

42. We want to spend all the money in the Apple Store: Go back to no. 39 Ü

43. You will never understand (or appreciate) our gifts: This breaks our hearts :(

44. We see ordinary objects and laugh: We’re weird, yes. Lovable and still understandable I suppose :p

45. You wake up in the middle of the night hearing them screaming “When is the deadline?” <– Has anyone experienced this? O_o

46. We see CMYK and RGB like Neo sees the Matrix: It’s our world. CMYK and RGB are colors for those who don’t know what they are. There’s still Pantone, by the way.

47. We dream of the day nobody will make a single change to their designs: Very true!!! :D

48. We rather pay for a font (or an illustration or photo) than for a special birthday gift: We could use those for the gift we can make for you :p (though see 24 and 43)

49. We might sound like aliens to you when we talk to our fellow brand or graphic designers: Like Star Wars has Klingon and Elven to Lord of the Rings, we have our language which can be understood by fellow graphic or brand designers. It’s visual and/or technical.

50. We are always sleepy because we work 24/7: Either coffee’s not working on us anymore or because we are sugar-crashing from overdose of sweet treats ;)

 

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About Some People In Our Lives

Sharing this to everyone specially to Chong (from Pinterest.com)

Reasonable and true ;)

 

Impact

I’ve been out from the blogging world for quite a long time. A lot of not so good things happened to me and my dear friends. We have to cope up, reconstruct ourselves and tried to start from where we’ve left off. It saddens me that I came back posting something really heartbreaking.

With all the events that occurred to me, I will have a hard time retelling it here, to share them to you because I really prefer that these events be buried and forgotten. But tonight, as I check my account in pinterest.com, an illustration has struck me and I couldn’t resist sharing it here.

Illustration by Natascha Rosenberg

“Where and how to start?” is always the question…

It breaks my heart seeing images of the devastation that happened in Japan. But it inspires me seeing and hearing how our fellow Asian neighbor calmly reacts and accepts the situation. Proves that culture does make a difference.

After all the storm that came to us, I always believe that the rainbow will soon appear giving us hope. After all the not so good things that happened to me and my friends, not just the rainbow but also the smiling sun came out. Paving the way of more good news.

Nothing given to us we couldn’t bear and surpass. I believe Japan will be back in its old glory.

Sending virtual hugs to all the victims of the tsunami and earthquake tragedy in Japan.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in FYI (For Your Information), Realizations

 

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A Self-reminder (And to Others As Well) no. 4

Actually, I’m more in favor of the message below the “Don’t Cry!”.

Hahaha. Right my VBF? *bitch laugh insert here*

 

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A Friendly Reminder To Clients (and to Everyone Else As Well)

Simplicity by Leonardo di VinciSimplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication – Leonardo da Vinci

It’s like saying: Anything designed (may it be a packaging, a box, a poster or a sign) has provided its purpose. Nothing more. No fuzz. No frills.

 

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A Self-reminder (And to Others As Well) no. 3

“Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with everything they have.” – Unknown

 

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A Self-reminder (And to Others As Well) no. 2

I just could gather my thoughts since late last night after a sort of blow in my face. With still the same thoughts lurking in my head today, I remembered some quotes, phrases or whatever you may call it. I guess these speaks to me, to remind me and you guys out there that:

Everything is going to be alright. May be not today but eventually…

Don’t worry about the people in your past. There’s a reason (why) they didn’t make it to your future…

Crying doesn’t indicate that you’re weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you’re alive…

This too shall pass… (I always remember this phrase because of “My Best Friend’s Wedding”)… and that

Everything is going to be ok.

Right? ;)

 

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