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.
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.
Started out with a few draft layouts for my MFA Thesis Written publication.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Cut and print some more graphics/visuals from Missing Mooncakes to add to the exhibition.
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.