Posts Tagged ‘Graphic Deaign’

JS Meetup Day 3, Stuck because one sign… Oh, and new graphic design project!

Web Design

= vs ===.

I even blogged about it for my JS Day 2 blog post. I couldn’t believe I got stuck for 30 minutes thinking I got the wrong value or variable name when all I did was forgot to add a = sign.

I am an idiot.

Graphic Design

I just got a new book, The Graphic Design Exercise Book.

Very neat with all sort of projects to work with. First up is design a package for an eco laundry product. Shall read more and report back later!


Array, Pen Review, and Adobe Cloud

Web Design

I have been working a bit more on my JavaScript skill so I can understand JQuery. So far, I am still at array portion of the tutorial, and I was getting sleepy there for a moment because I felt like I was repeating my Java and Python class. So, that’s what the professors meant when they say that once we learn a language, the others are pretty much the same. Still, array is something I am always confuse with, so it is a good review. For one, when .length is use in array, it means the number of elements in it, and not the number of letter in the array name. I don’t remember learning that from my other classes, so that’s good.

I printed out the jQuery code of the sample gallery template that I want to use for my ePortfolio. It’s definitely more advance than what I am learning. I am thinking maybe I should find another template, but I really like the one I found… Maybe I will borrow an actual book on jQuery and see where it takes me, then decide.


I have also been practicing my calligraphy skill. Good handwriting is a useful skill to have. Being able to make art out of handwriting is even better. So far, I am doing the basic font, Chancery Italic Hand. The pen I am using is Sheaffer Viewpoint, medium 1.5mm nib size. I brought it on a total impulse after going ga-ga mode on fountain pen discussion with the store owner at Sunset Stationary. It is pretty much an economy student pen. Pretty good for what I am doing. The flow is smooth most of the time. The soft grip is nice, though I must say that I prefer heavier pens. Viewpoint is a pretty cheap pen make of plastic, and it is far too light for my preference. That’s what happen when you buys things impulsively, I guess. Once I move pass the basic Calligraphy font, I think I will invest in a higher end pen, one made of metal – I have always prefer metal even when I was just a high school student doing basic drafting my architecture class. The weight gives a sense of sturdiness to my drafting pencil that I really like… but back to Viewpoint – I don’t use the pen as much as I should, but the ink don’t dry or evaporate into a mysterious black hole. Can’t say the same for my VFM pen, whose ink cartridge empties itself without me even using it once. I just brought a Pilot Parallel for an artist friend though, and after reading the review and seeing the pretty pictures, I want another pen too! But I must not. It is not an expected expense at current time – in the future, yes. Currently? No. I must save for Adobe Create Suite! Every $20 must be carefully spend! Budget must be follow!

Ownership vs Subscription

Speaking of Adobe Creative Suite, I got a bit irritated after researching about the recent trend. I know about Adobe Cloud for a while, but after recent readings, it seems like Adobe is planning to stop selling the program itself and sell subscription instead. Digital subscription is not true ownership. It is one of the reason I am not a big buyer of ebook despite being a bookworm. Digital subscription and digital ebook are link to the manufacturer, and they can cut off that link. Amazon, for example, have taken ebooks from customers before. Fortunately, with ebook, there are ways to severe that connection once you purchase it. I, for one, like to keep a copy of every ebook I purchased. A digital subscription of an entire program by a company like Adobe is a bit hard to do so. Quite frankly, with the numerous cyber attacks – particularly DoS, I wouldn’t want any thing related to the operation of my professional material depended on the network connection and safety. If I am paying hundreds of dollar, I want to own the program for sure. I want it to operate at all time, at all situation, and at my computer without connection to the web. Fortunately, there is still old version of Adobe Creative Suite on online website like eBay and Amazon. Unfortunately, after this, I will probably not update my own Adobe for a long time. Better yet, I may switch to Corel and other alternatives where I can keep a physical DVD copy. After all, I am just buying Adobe now because I am taking classes at community college and wants to take advantage of the student discount. So far, the program I have been using have been Gimp, Inkscape, and Scribus for my portfolio. As a free open-sourced program, they are actually quite good and gets jobs done for people who may have budget problems.

Weeds, Begone!!!!

It is strangely satisfying to meticulously weed out box after box of tiny succulent container. Well, not so much when I turned the said container around and got the shock of life because there is giant snail right next to my finger, but the weed part is definitely satisfying.

Of course, I don’t have boxes of succulent at my house. No, this is me at San Francisco Botanical Garden, enjoying my first day of volunteering. I had finally followed through my desire to volunteer at a local garden/park. I am going to be helping at the nursery, and I will start helping with GIS and graphic design later on. Today though, it is mainly nursery tour and walk.

We started at 10AM and was suppose to end at 2PM. Me being me, went accidentally overtime by half hour without noticing. It’s a good thing I learned my lesson as outdoor Route Rabbit at Sunday Street – where I bike around checking up on volunteers and jay-driver (car that wonders into closed off, pedestrian only streets) – regarding the importance of sunscreen. I probably didn’t burn myself this time.

I did, however, neglected to bring my own gardening glove, lunch cash, and cap – though the nursery did provided backup, as no one actually brought any of those for their first day except for the cash part.

While browsing SFBG, I kept seeing this Poppy:

Since I left my camera at home, here is a stunning photo I found at an online store named Annie’s Annual.

Turns out it is is called the Ladybird poppy (Papaver commutatum), a heirloom flower (though the word Ladybird is a British way of calling Ladybug, which is strangely not Californian at all. I guess the botanist naming the flower is Britain???). The petal appears to have a paper like texture, yet it is smooth and soft like a regular petal when I touch it. The contrast of crimson red and black seems to set the petals on fire in a scenery of green and brown. A truly puzzling yet stunning sight.

Sadly, I didn’t have my watercolor kit with me either. Next time, next time.

After helping at the nursery, I am going to start helping in graphic design next Monday, and hopefully learn some GIS soon. Gardening and design, two of my favorites all in one!