My Best Friend - An interactive storybook

Last week, I finished my PROJ1 / Part 1 of my thesis by defending the project to a panel. It went really well and turned out to be better than I was expecting. The panel liked the story and my art style (which was my first time to experiment with).

I can only show my background studies here and some page studies because my characters need a lot of improvement. The panel didn’t comment anything about it but I feel like my characters are too stiff for a children’s storybook. It’s like my characters are lacking character. 

Anyway, this was just for the prototype of my thesis, I still have a long way to go!

Check out my Behance for more

Project Update: Monsters!

I made two posters for my Monsters! font. A font that I made for our Typography class. It’s still a work in progress, I don’t have lowercase letters and other symbols for it yet. 

My thoughts on this font:

  • oh no, this is my first font!?
  • I was expecting to make a handwritten font but I’m short on time!
  • D:
  • I had fun making the poster 
  • letters A and D are so cute
  • :D
  • I’m not very impressed w/ my prof in this class
  • D:

By the way, this font will be free for download, message me for a copy! 

I like #7 the most

7. The things that can’t be controlled.

Never force anything.  Do your best, then let it be.  If it’s meant to be, it will be.  Don’t hold yourself down with things you can’t control.  Stop talking about the problem and start thinking about the solution.  Forget what could go wrong for a sec and think of what is already right.

Remember, change happens for a reason.  Roll with it.  It won’t be ideal or easy at first, but it will be worth it in the end.  When times are good and everything is comfortably in order, it’s easy to become complacent and forget how skillful and resourceful you are capable of being.  Unanticipated troubles are necessary evils that push you forward, because they eventually end, but the lessons and growth you gain from them last a lifetime.

You are a professional communicator; act like one. Carefully edit everything you publish: résumés, social media, e-mail, blog posts, letters, text messages, everything. Get a copy of “The Chicago Manual of Style” and keep it handy. Most potential employers and clients don’t appreciate text shorthand, so don’t use it. They won’t be ROTFL, and you will end up SOL.


People you work with and for will make your blood boil from time to time. Whenever possible, be a pro and take the high road. Avoid burning bridges, as people change jobs more often than they did a generation ago. Your paths may cross again in a much different situation, and having a good working history together will make rehiring you easy. Apply this to your online persona as well. Anonymous jabs are petty—be better than that.

Often, being a good typographer means not making the simple mistakes. To accomplish this, you’ll need a working knowledge of classical typography. Go get one. “The Elements of Typographic Style” by Robert Bringhurst, “Thinking With Type” by Ellen Lupton and “Grid Systems in Graphic Design” by Josef Müller-Brockmann are cover-to-cover must-reads. Repeat after me: “Free fonts from the internet are crap, I will not use them.” Keep saying that.

Who are you speaking to and what is the objective? If you can’t definitively answer both of these questions about a project you’re about to start working on, go back to the drawing board. Graphic design is simply a plan that visually articulates a message. Make sure you have the message and its intended viewer sorted out before you start making. Communicate with purpose—don’t just make eye candy.

Be confident in yourself as an author, designer, photographer, creative. Don’t work in a particular personal style. Rather, develop a personal approach to your creative work.

Your commissioned work should never be about you, but it can certainly reveal your hand as the designer. As your work becomes more well-known, you will get hired for exactly that. For your personal work, don’t be afraid to tell your story. No one else is going to do it for you.