MFA Thesis Exhibition Poster Drafts

The past weeks have been eventful, and the upcoming MFA Thesis Exhibition has been challenging in gathering and creating all the materials I would like to include. Thinking about adding some large posters, about 20″x60″ with the Missing Mooncakes promotional items.

poster draft layout 01

poster draft layout 01

poster draft layout 02

poster draft layout 02

poster draft layout 03 - lay out scenes from the story

poster draft layout 03 – lay out scenes from the story

poster draft layout 04

poster draft layout 04

poster draft layout 05

poster draft layout 05

poster draft layout 05: adding in the main mooncake designs from the story

poster draft layout 05: adding in the main mooncake designs from the story

poster draft layout 05: adding in other mooncake designs

poster draft layout 05: adding in other mooncake designs

assembling the lanterns

assembling the lanterns

testing out a 60watt bulb

testing out a 60watt bulb, lantern got warm

testing out a 40watt bulb

testing out a 40watt bulb, lantern still warm… need to find alternative lighting solutions

ACES 2014 Presentation

I had another valuable experience to present at the UT Arlington Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES). In 2012, I did a poster presentation on Creating cultural awareness in Canadian-born Chinese, and this year I had the opportunity to present for 20 minutes. Although I ran out of time at the end for questions, I felt that it was an important opportunity to discuss my current research–and talk about how Missing Mooncakes interactive eBook could be a potential tool to learn language, culture, and create a bonding experience between generational audiences.

Presentation title: Using digital media to foster cultural interaction of Canadian-Born Chinese

Presentation title: Using digital media to foster cultural interaction of Canadian-Born Chinese

one of the presentation slides

one of the presentation slides

short description of the methodology of gathering research

short description of the methodology of gathering research

summary of some findings and research data

summary of some findings and research data

mfa thesis written: draft01

Started out with a few draft layouts for my MFA Thesis Written publication.

gridlines and column lines to organize the blog entries and resources

gridlines and column lines to organize the blog entries and resources

perhaps the page spread looks too crowded

perhaps the page spread looks too crowded

perhaps changing 'design brief' to the title of the project would be better

perhaps changing ‘design brief’ to the title of the project would be better

started to add some own graphics and work to the section divider pages

started to add some own graphics and work to the section divider pages

a sound project photo in the background

a sound project photo in the background

having some of the visuals interact with the type

having some of the visuals interact with the type

design portfolio website

Last weekend I visited my Behance member page again and found that Behance is now linked to Behance ProSite, where your projects from Behance can be linked to the ProSite web templates. I uploaded my projects on the Behance site, then edited what projects to be shown on the Behance ProSite. I found the Behance ProSite easy to use and understand, and it’s also customizable. After previewing the site, I redirected the URL to the domain name I purchased and revised a few settings. A start of my design portfolio site: gladyschow.com.

gchow_website

MFA Thesis Exhibition: Sketches

Started thinking about the layout of my MFA Thesis Exhibition. My original sketches seemed suggested that there wasn’t enough time to complete the components, so my professor suggested simplifying the layout. The purpose of my MFA thesis exhibition is to create an educational, interactive, and fun environment to promote the eBook iPad story Missing Mooncakes. Some initial sketches below:

projection of the storybook app on the wall; seating area on the floor

projection of the storybook app on the wall; seating area on the floor

perhaps a vinyl cut of the moon on the wall as the background for the projection, and Sophie and Sam cardboard cutouts on a small table

perhaps a vinyl cut of the moon on the wall as the background for the projection, and Sophie and Sam cardboard cutouts on a small table

large cardboard cutouts of the family against the background of clouds, seating area switched to the other wall

large cardboard cutouts of the family against the background of clouds, seating area switched to the other wall

putting shelves against the wall for the audience to try different activities (eg. puzzles, writing, matching vocabulary and imagery)

putting shelves against the wall for the audience to try different activities (eg. puzzles, writing, matching vocabulary and imagery)

the Chinese characters represent 'family' and are enlarged for potential photo opportunity for visitors; lanterns printed on transparency would hang from the top

the Chinese characters represent ‘family’ and are enlarged for potential photo opportunity for visitors; lanterns printed on transparency would hang from the top

a long shelf to elevate the characters and area for promotional items such as trinkets, t-shirts, books

a long shelf to elevate the characters and area for promotional items such as trinkets, t-shirts, books

simplifying the color theme by changing the animal lanterns to solid shapes

simplifying the color theme by changing the animal lanterns to solid shapes; the lanterns hanging from the top try to simulate a small part of the environment of visiting Mid-Autumn Festival festivities

seeing how the shelf may look if other items from Missing Mooncakes are displayed--perhaps a moon cake box?

seeing how the shelf may look if other items from Missing Mooncakes are displayed–perhaps a moon cake box?

UT Arlington Library: MavsArt

MavsArt is an art exhibition that features work by UT Arlington students, faculty, and staff. I submitted some illustrations completed when researching Chinese symbolism and their meanings.

Seasons illustrations (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter); each flower represents its respective season in Chinese culture

Seasons illustration series (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter); each flower represents its respective season in Chinese culture

Seasons series: Spring with lotus blossoms and mandarin ducks

Seasons illustration series: Spring (lotus blossoms and mandarin ducks)

Seasons illustration series: Summer (peonies and fish)

Seasons illustration series: Summer (peonies and fish)

Seasons illustration series: Autumn (chrysanthemum and magpies)

Seasons illustration series: Autumn (chrysanthemum and magpies)

Seasons illustration series: Winter (plum blossoms and cranes)

Seasons illustration series: Winter (plum blossoms and cranes)

the illustrations are in front of study room at the UT Arlington library

the illustrations are in front of study room at the UT Arlington library

information on MavsArt

information on MavsArt

MavsArt promotional sign in front of the UT Arlington library

MavsArt promotional sign in front of the UT Arlington library

Ideas in Art: last day of exhibition

It was a good experience to test out some of the visual components of the Missing Mooncakes storybook app. Some thoughts of the presentation were that the presentation did not seem to invite a more interactive/immersive experience; elements seemed too spread out and the prints were pinned too high. Elements were too close to the wall. Revisions will need to be made for the MFA Thesis exhibition in terms of how close the visual elements are, color, promotional items, the intended target audience, to what scale/height should the characters go up to; and printouts can be removed. I thought it may also be neat if there was some form of pulley-system where the audience can turn a wheel to move a mooncake character up and down the lantern string–that’s probably getting too complicated and out of context, but seemed like a fun idea. Some photos of the display before the display take-down:

the randomness of the sunlight across the wall added some nice shadow effects against the work

the randomness of the sunlight across the wall added some nice shadow effects against the work

character from Missing Mooncakes: Sophie (some visitors took photographs of her)

character from Missing Mooncakes: Sophie (some visitors took photographs of her)

character from Missing Mooncakes: Sam

character from Missing Mooncakes: Sam

close-up of the vinyl lettering

close-up of the vinyl lettering

more photo documentation

more photo documentation

more photo documentation

more photo documentation

Ideas in Art exhibition: Reception

ideas in art 2014 poster (design by David Wang)

ideas in art 2014 poster (design by David Wang)

after placing the vinyl lettering on the wall

after placing the vinyl lettering on the wall

the Ideas in Art proposal submission

the Ideas in Art proposal submission for the Missing Mooncakes storybook app

Ideas in Art winner Ryan as the first participant on reception day to try out the Missing Mooncakes storybook app (thanks Ryan!)

Ideas in Art winner Ryan as the first participant on reception day to try out the Missing Mooncakes storybook app

Ryan was also kind enough to help me record some of the audio for the Missing Mooncakes storybook app

Ryan was also kind enough to help me record some of the audio for the Missing Mooncakes storybook app (Thanks Ryan!)

fellow vc grad colleague came out to support the Ideas in Art reception (thanks Maryam!)

fellow vc grad colleague came out to support the Ideas in Art reception (thanks Maryam!)

wouldn't be complete without a group pic (Ryan, Nikki, Maryam, and myself)

wouldn’t be complete without a group pic (Ryan, Nikki, Maryam, and myself)

Nikki testing out the Missing Mooncakes storybook app

Nikki testing out the Missing Mooncakes storybook app

perhaps I went overboard on the pictures, but needed them for documentation

perhaps I went overboard on the pictures, but needed them for documentation

Ryan with his Ideas in Art presentation of his film Not Abel

Ryan with his Ideas in Art presentation of his film Not Abel

unfortunately Sharon was not able to make it, but Ideas in Art coordinator Jess was kind to step in for the photo shoot!

unfortunately Sharon was not able to make it, but Ideas in Art coordinator Jess was kind to step in for the photoshoot!

some down time with no one testing out the Missing Mooncakes storybook app, thought the sunlight coming through the blinds gave the display a nice glow

some down time with no one testing out the Missing Mooncakes storybook app, thought the sunlight coming through the blinds gave the display a nice glow

yay! more testers!

yay! more testers!

Ideas in Art exhibition preparations part 3

Cut and print some more graphics/visuals from Missing Mooncakes to add to the exhibition.

print out of the lanterns, mooncake designs, and mooncake characters

print out of the lanterns, mooncake designs, and mooncake characters

cutting the graphics to size

cutting the graphics to size

adhered the printouts to the cardboard

adhered the printouts to the cardboard

Ideas in Art exhibition preparations part 2

Thinking about adding some pieces to the current exhibition layout. The initial cardboard stand for the characters was not stable enough to hold the top weight of the cardboard, and also seeing if adding lanterns and the mooncake characters to the wall will liven up the wall.

setting up the scene printouts in the gallery space

set up the scene printouts in the gallery space

adding the cardboard characters to the scene, with the iPad to be placed on a pedestal

current exhibition layout–added the cardboard characters to the scene, with the iPad to be placed on a pedestal

thinking about adding lanterns and mooncake characters to the exhibition space

thinking about adding lanterns and mooncake characters to the exhibition space

set up the shapes to cut (mooncake shapes, lanterns, mooncake characters)

set up the shapes to cut (mooncake shapes, lanterns, mooncake characters)

revising the current stand for the cardboard characters--have the cardboard character be placed in the slot of the  mooncake shape

revising the current stand for the cardboard characters–have the cardboard character be placed in the slot of the mooncake shape

mooncake shapes being cut

mooncake shapes being cut

shapes of mooncakes, lanterns, and mooncake characters cut

shapes of mooncakes, lanterns, and mooncake characters cut

set up of the printouts to be pasted to the cardboard shapes

set up of the printouts to be pasted to the cardboard shapes