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Wedding 360 / SML Projects (Set)

Wedding Invitations for the wedding of Jen Chen + Peter Evans.

 

Concept

The wedding invitation comes as a pack of postcards.

 

Post Card Form factor

 

All the post cards are designed to meet US Postal Service standards. So these invitations double-duty as wish you were here postcards where the guest can send out at the event.

 

Post Card 1: The Roast

Post Card 2: The Celebration

Post Card 3: The Finale

Post Card 4: The RSVP

Post Card 4: The RSVP: Back. Pre-printed with the address where the card ought to be sent back.

Post Card 5: Festivity. The all-purpose postcard for the guests to keep if they have decided to mailed the first 3 postcards as wish you were here from the event.

 

Wedding Identity / Logo

 

Double Happiness (Google Image Search) reinterpreted using lines and geometric shapes. Graphically, the traditional symbol for wedding literally unite the first names of the woman and the man.

 

The logo also draws inpsiration from the icons for the male and female symbols. This influence is much more apparent when you flip the logo.

 

Cost

 

Instead of offset-printing, we printed these with a commercial postcard press (Modern Postcard). The bride only needed 120 sets of these, which is far less than the 250 minimum run.

 

All the postcards together cost 1,500 to print — it's a great deal when you consider offset-printing a limited-run offset printjob for the same design on a single card will easily cost more than 1,000.

 

Translation: The bride saved a lot of money and I've got more than a hundred extra for my portfolio.

 

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See SML Pro Blog: Facebook Network / 2009 / SML

 

Facebook Network

Mapping a single person's social graph on Facebook and analysing the underlying clusters.

 

Clusters

+ Family and friends of family.

+ Sexual orientation: gay aka extended family.

+ Education: high school, college.

+ Professional: co-workers, clients, industry events.

+ Interests: art, music, photography.

+ Random: by chance meetings, dates, social networks like Flickr and Twitter.

 

Colophon

Created using Nexus with Facebook relationship data of See-ming Lee on 2009-09-01. Nexus is a Facbook network visualizer and can be found at nexus.ludios.net. Cluster mapping and infographics created using Inkscape.

In the years to come, there will be more experimental typography to come.

 

It is too early to judge whether these are valuable to the history of graphic design.

 

However, we await the challenge to see if such experimental typography will become the rules for typography in the future.

 

Experimental Typography, a visual essay by See-ming Lee, 1997

Accordian fold

01: Cover

02: Spread 2

03: Spread 3

04: Spread 4

05: Spread 5

06: Spread 6

07: Spread 7

 

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Screenshots captured by SML Bio Bot on 2009-09-20

+ 500 Most Interesting SML Flickr: Page 1

+ 500 Most Interesting SML Flickr: Page 2

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+ 500 Most Interesting SML Flickr: Page 5

 

SML Pro Blog: Synergy: an unfocused approach to learning about oneself

blog.seeminglee.com/2009/09/synergy-unfocused-approach-to...

 

A lot of people prefer web destinations to have a very specific focus, but it appears that I am inherently an unfocused person, and therefore my web destinations also are rather unfocused.

 

In the beginning, SML Pro Blog was just the SML Blog, and it contains pretty much everything that my life contains, until I am getting some negative feedbacks from professional colleagues who wish not have their photos appear next to blog posts relating to my gay activities, which is when SML Gay Blog was born. Then some folks who got really annoyed with my massive photography output, and so SML Photo Blog was born. Then after a while I started to have so many blogs that I cannot keep track on, so I have now reconsolidated the SML Thank You and SML Notebook back into this blog, because it soon became *very* challenging to manage them all.

 

Conversely, I take a very-me approach when it comes to content on Flickr. I post pretty much everything onto it: my designs, my photography, my hacks, my screenshots, and source of inspiration all bundled up together. It's me, after all. By not separating these data, I gain a much better insight into which of my stuff is good and 'interesting' to folks.

 

I know far too many people who keep a separate Flickr profile for their "professional" life vs their "play" life but when I view the content, I can't tell the difference and reason as to why they are separate. Consolidation is good. Just filter, and tag. I think that via my very unfocused postings, I have successfully cross-marketed my designs to people who came to my stream because of my abstract photography; or that they discovered that I am much much more than a photojournalist who run around events.

 

Because of this content cross-pollination, I also learned based on my data that what people find to be interesting is also very all-across the board, and that is interesting to me. I made screenshots of the top 5 pages from the 500 Most Interesting Flickr (set) and bundled them together, and it provides a great sign-post as to where I should be headed next.

 

Related SML

+ SML Pro Blog: Synergy

+ SML Flickr Tags: Synergy

+ SML Wiki: Flickr Analytics

+ SML Wiki: Interestingness

Desktop / OS: Advanced mode in KDE 3.42 / EEEPC 702 Xandros

Design elements created using Inkscape and GIMP. Everything was pieced together playing with KDE settings.

 

This whole set came into being after fiinding some really interesting tools + settings in GIMP that has never appeared in Photoshop. In this paritcular case, it was a spiral gradient settings. That's the connected theme throughout these four images. It was in fact also the only tool used.

 

More interestingly, I don't remember anything from Photoshop releases in recent years that got me obsessed like this - but maybe it's because I haven't quite understood the GIMP's way of doing things so that I can use it like I do with Photoshop: do 90%+ of my tasks with curve adjustment layers and get on with real tasks at hand. :)

art.sy connects your art with qualified collectors using the latest social media technology. And we stand behind this claim: all the costs are on us and we don't make a dime unless we sell your art.

 

Unlike art sites that sell hand-made items or reprints, Art.sy is focused exclusively on original artworks in the categories of painting, printmaking, and photography.

 

For collectors, Art.sy's focus guarantees that they will only see high-quality and original artworks. And our specialized search engine makes it very easy to find artwork they will fall in love with.

 

For artists, Art.sy offers a free, professional art gallery that delivers high rankings in web search-engine listings. Our technology also provides powerful connections into social networking sites, making it much easier for people to discover your art and share it with their friends on any social-networking service on the Internet, from Facebook and Twitter to blogging platforms like Wordpress.

 

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See SML Wiki: Jen Chen + Peter Evans Wedding 360 for full project description.

 

Wedding 360 / SML Projects (Set)

Wedding Invitations for the wedding of Jen Chen + Peter Evans.

 

Concept

The Jen + Peter logo reversed out and created as a traditional Chinese seal (stamp / chop). The seal is used to add a personal touch to all the thank you notes.

 

To save cost, we utilized commercial rubber stamp companies. The stamps are not perfect, but the imperfection actually adds value to the individually written stationary. Guests felt extra special when things are not prepackaged. Total cost for production: 34 dollars including shipping.

 

Wedding Identity / Logo

Double Happiness reinterpreted using lines and geometric shapes. Graphically, the traditional symbol for wedding literally unite the first names of the woman and the man.

 

The logo also draws inpsiration from the icons for the male and female symbols. This influence is much more apparent when you flip the logo.

 

SML Reference

Double Happiness - Google Image Search

 

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SML Pro Blog: Merry Christmas + Happy New Year from the SML Universe / 2009 / SML Thank You

 

SML Universe wishes you MXHN!

SML Thank You for a great year!

May your hopes and dreams be realized in the days to come!

 

Download source at github:

+ Adobe Illustrator CS4

+ SVG 1.1

+ 24-bit PNG

 

CC-BY-SA 2009 See-ming Lee 李思明 SML

 

The Public Domain Review continues to dump out bizarre images onto its archive.

 

Shown here is a Japanese woodcut by Kamekichi Tsunajima titled “Ryūkō eigo zukushi”, or “A Fashionable Melange of English Words”. The print shows images of animals, activities and objects each with their Japanese and English names. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) some spelling mistakes have given rise to some interesting new activities such as “Refreshiug” and “Cuting Rice”, and the “Gaot”, “Hoise” and “Tea Po”. The introduction of activities (including the very Zen-like “Looking Moon”) give an interesting take on the often more object-orientated Western equivalents. Also worth noting the interesting additions of “Cross Child” rather than simply “Child” , and “Blank Book” rather than “Book”.

 

(This image has been “restored” by Wikimedia user trialanderrors and is housed at Wikimedia Commons. The original can be found at the Library of Congress).

 

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SML Universe would like to thank Daniel J. O'Neil, Queen of Bleu Jeanna, HRH (Facebook / LinkedIn / SML Wiki) for first suggesting this genius idea to SML back in 2007 while SML was on a domain shopping / poetry writing craze.

 

SML Thank You!!!

 

See SML8 + SML8ed (Flickr set)

Sex Magi (Flickr Group)

 

SML Circles

Circle S = life = mother nature;

Circle M = magical transformation;

Circle L = evil appearance = dirty exterior;

 

SML Colors

Magenta = Life;

Yellow = Magical;

 

SML Dictionary

Sex Magi = Art + Communication + Life + Magic;

 

SML Reference

 

Sex refers to the male and female duality of biology and reproduction. Unlike organisms that only have the ability to reproduce asexually, sexed male and female pairs have the ability to produce offspring through meiosis and fertilization. The two sexes attract one another and communicate their readiness to procreate through differences in their biology. Wikipedia: Sex)

 

The Magi (singular Magus, from Latin, via Greek μάγος ; Old English: Mage; from Old Persian maguš) were a tribe from ancient Media, who — prior to the absorption of the Medes into the Persian Empire in 550 BC — were responsible for religious and funerary practices. Later they accepted the Zoroastrian religion, not without changing the original message of its founder, Zarathustra (Zoroaster), to what is today known as Zurvanism, which would become the predominant form of Zoroastrianism during the Sassanid era (AD 226–650). (Wikipedia: Magi)

 

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www.newmuseum.org/events/365

 

Arthur’s Landing (MySpace) is a group of musicians, all of whom worked at various times in various contexts with the late Arthur Russell (Wikipedia), a cellist and composer from Iowa who lived on the Lower East Side for most of the later part of his too-short life. Russell brought together the worlds of dance, pop, and folk with that of downtown’s “new music,” and fused Western and Eastern musical traditions, driven by his engagement with Buddhist thought and practice. He collaborated often with Allen Ginsberg, and Phillip Glass was also an early mentor. Characteristic of Russell's method was his tendency to work hard and long, and he rarely considered anything finished. What was his unending pursuit of the ineffable becomes a challenge and inspiration for the Arthur’s Landing ensemble. It is hard to resist the ambition and humor behind compositions with titles like “Temple of Meaning,” “Terrace of Intelligibility,” and “Hop on Down to Petland.” Russell is the focus of the feature-length 2008 documentary directed by Matt Wolf, Wild Combination. A biography by Tim Lawrence, Hold Onto Your Dreams, is due out this year.

 

The Arthur’s Landing ensemble will perform pop songs and parts of a longer instrumental work called “Singing Tractors” and will be available following the performance to answer questions about Russell’s life and work.

 

Arthur’s Landing (songs by Arthur Russell)

Joyce Bowden: voice

Steven Hall: voice, guitar

Ernie Brooks: voice ,bass

John Scherman: lead guitar

Bill Ruyle: drums, hammered dulcimer

Mustafa Ahmed: percussion

Peter Zummo: voice, trombone

Alex Waterman: cello

 

Original post-minimalist composer Elodie Lauten, composer of the 2003 opera Waking in New York based on a selection of Allen Ginsberg poems about New York City, opens this program performing her electronic piece S.O.S.W.T.C. Written in reaction to the 9/11 tragedy, S.O.S.W.T.C evokes the emotion of that memory with the use of concrete and indefinite pitch percussion samples.

 

In April 2009 Lauten was featured along with Yoko Ono in the “Women Forward” exhibition in Williamsburg. In March 2009 she premiered her Two-cents Opera at Theater for the New City. Lauten also collaborated frequently with Arthur Russell, singing and playing keyboards with him in various ensembles during the 1980s.

 

Tickets: $10 New Museum Members, $12 General Public

Resolution-independent vector icon design for AOL Weather Channel.

 

This matrix shows

+ Old AOL weather icons

+ The Weather Channel icons (TWC = AOL's weather content partner)

+ New AOL weather icons

 

The Weather ID numbers + names are designated by The Weather Channel.

 

IconNicholson Team (IconNicholson.com)

Robert Fisher / See-ming Lee

 

Copyright 2003 AOL. All rights reserved.

Test Card 8.5x11 for a black & white photocopy machine / 1998 / SML Graphic Design

 

Assignment

 

Art 366a Visual Studies

Fall Semester 1998

 

T-TH 1:30-3:20, 215 Park Street

Paul Elliman, Instructor

paul.elliman [at] yale.edu

 

1. Testcard

 

(Week 1-2) Devise a testcard, 8.5x11, for a black & white photocopy machine

 

The card is basically a set of questions or exercises - point, type specimen, line, pattern, half-tone, grey-scale spectrum, moire - designed to test the machine's effectiveness or value.

 

The testcard should explore not only the effective (proper?) function of the photocopier, but also any other qualities (Test the limits of its language/your language)

 

Investigate both the history and teh working mechanics of thsi machine, then (week 3-4) extend the scope of the testcard to include this kind of informaion.

 

Process (42 pages)

+ 1: Assignment

+ 2: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.64: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 3: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.65: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 4: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.66: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 5: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.67: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 6: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.68: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 7: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.69: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 8: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.70: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 9: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.71: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 10: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.72: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 11: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.73: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 12: Research: Anatomy of a Xerox test card

+ 13: Research: Anatomy of a Xerox test card

+ 14: Sketches: 1

+ 15: Sketches: 2

+ 16: Sketches: 3

+ 17: Sketches: 4

+ 18: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 1

+ 19: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 2

+ 20: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 3

+ 21: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 4

+ 22: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 5

+ 23: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 6

+ 24: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 7

+ 25: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 8

+ 26: Sketches: 5

+ 27: Skethces: 6

+ 28: Research: Basic Copier Operation: 1

+ 29: Research: Basic Copier Operation: 2

+ 30: Design: The working of a xerox machine: 1

+ 31: Design: The working of a xerox machine: 2

+ 32: Sketches: 7

+ 33: Sketches: 8

+ 34: Research: Basic Copier Model: 1

+ 35: Research: Basic Copier Model: 2

+ 36: Design: Anatomy of a Basic Copier

+ 37: Design: The Basic Copy Process

+ 38: Design: Anatomy of a basic copier

+ 39: Design: Anatomy of a basic copier

+ 40: Design: The Basic Copy Process

+ 41: Design: The Basic Copy Process

+ 42: Design: The Basic Copy Process

 

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“Pyramind” (Twitter:@Pyramind)

 

SML Opinions:

A music production school in San Francisco, USA. I haven’t really looked at their courses so I can’t comment on it. But I love that logo! Wow super sweet. Whoever designed this logo should probably go and help the UX designer clean up the insanity. Less is more :) #smlcriticism

 

SML Marketing Opinions:

So how did SML randomly found this place? Pyramind decided to follow a ton of SML Universe Twitter accounts. When you do that we will notice—usually by way of massive Tweetbot notifications. So yes, feel free to follow back. I don’t necessarily follow back if I haven’t got a chance to analyze the tweets but they will be on my to do list #sml2do

 

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Screenshot: www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/sets/72057594128077560/

 

Summary

Typographic landscape of a city described through visually counting from 1 to 100.

 

Setup

These were shot with my first digital camera, the Sony Mavica FD7.

 

Statement

This was my first photography project. It started out as a project for a typography class while I was in college. Like most graphic design assignments at Yale, it was very open ended. We were asked to show the experience of a city through the language of typography. I have always been interested in numbers, and I as such I decided to run around New Haven and photograph numbers which represent the city, from 1 to 100.

 

The series is to be projected on the wall as slideshow. The numbers are recognizably New Haven, and most who have been in New Haven can recognize the sense of time and space as they go through the series. Some commented that it reminded them of Sesame Street.

 

I thought of extended this to different neighborhoods in New York, but I never had the time to work on more of them after college, and as such I have only completed the first and only one...

 

The original series was displayed via a conventional slide projector. In order to best-simulate the original intention on a computer, view the set as a slideshow and set the speed to fast.

 

Licensing

CC-BY-SA 1997 See-ming Lee

Wedding 360 / SML Projects (Set)

Wedding Invitations for the wedding of Jen Chen + Peter Evans.

 

Concept

The wedding invitation comes as a pack of postcards.

 

Typography

 

Bickham Script Pro is used to set a formal line of text to poke fun of the typically formal and often unreadable letterpress invites.

 

Helvetica Neue Std is used to recreate the same information in what an information designer would do given the same situation.

 

Bodoni 26 from P22 is used to create the title of the event. As a serif, it also functions as the link between the script face and the sans serif.

 

The idea of combining a script face with a modern face is to reinforce the theme which runs through the wedding: a synergy of masculine + feminine, modern + traditional, western + chinese, yin + yang.

 

Post Card Form factor

 

All the post cards are designed to meet US Postal Service standards. So these invitations double-duty as wish you were here postcards where the guest can send out at the event.

 

Post Card 1: The Roast

Post Card 2: The Celebration

Post Card 3: The Finale

Post Card 4: The RSVP

Post Card 4: The RSVP: Back. Pre-printed with the address where the card ought to be sent back.

Post Card 5: Festivity. The all-purpose postcard for the guests to keep if they have decided to mailed the first 3 postcards as wish you were here from the event.

 

Wedding Identity / Logo

 

Double Happiness (Google Image Search) reinterpreted using lines and geometric shapes. Graphically, the traditional symbol for wedding literally unite the first names of the woman and the man.

 

The logo also draws inpsiration from the icons for the male and female symbols. This influence is much more apparent when you flip the logo.

 

Cost

 

Instead of offset-printing, we printed these with a commercial postcard press (Modern Postcard). The bride only needed 120 sets of these, which is far less than the 250 minimum run.

 

All the postcards together cost 1,500 to print — it's a great deal when you consider offset-printing a limited-run offset printjob for the same design on a single card will easily cost more than 1,000.

 

Translation: The bride saved a lot of money and I've got more than a hundred extra for my portfolio.

 

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“Black, white, and graphic design: a look back on my typography in my Yale college days” #design #smlphil

 

blog.seeminglee.com/2013/01/black-white-graphic-design-ya...

 

1995 marks the beginning of my graphic design career. I went to Yale originally to study architecture but I decided to take some graphic design classes because I thought that it would help as I didn’t know anything about design.

 

The decision to study art was mostly rebellious in nature. Unlike my classmates who mostly come from a fine art background, I was a science nerd in high school (1). I decided to study art mainly because I was sick of living under the shadow of my older sister (2). I also thought that it would make sense for me to utilize the opportunity to study something I know nothing about (3).

 

The graphic design program at Yale is mostly typography driven. That is, Yale does not really teach graphic design the way other art schools do (4). The only actual “skill” that is taught is typography. There are no rules. Assignments are extremely open-ended. Typically the assignments are something that can be summarized in a sentence—e.g. “Do something with the the dollar bill.” You can interpret the assignment in anyway you see fit. So it was fun to see what ended up showing up in class the next week.

 

In my free time I work on designs some student events and journals because it was fun. Usually I design everything in black and white first because my HP LaserJet only prints black and white so using colors would mean not being able to see how things are until I spend money to then print them in color at the printshop. Color printing (Fiery) was expensive in those days, so to save costs for most projects we also ended up printing things in black and white. What I learned doing this was that black and white is usually a good first step to do any designs. If something does not work in black and white then there is no reason to go color. This is a philosophy that I utilize even when I design for interface these days. It is a good metric as a small percentage of people are colorblind, so to fulfill true universal usability requirements, the interface must work even when viewed in black and white.

 

I was introduced to the beautiful designs by Emigre (5) and Eye Magazine (6) by my Yale professors (7). As such my designs during my college days also feature a ton of Emigre fonts—mostly I think because I don't really know of other foundries maybe. I learned the fine art of grid layout mostly by reading Eye. Yale does not teach layouts (as noted above and also in footnote 4), so I learn by observing how the masters do it and interpret things on my own.

 

The Yale design philosophy is simple: question everything—why and why not. There are no rights and wrongs. Critiques at Yale are very open ended. But we need to justify every single decision we make. Questions: why is the type set in this font? Why this size? Why is the image placed here? We ask only why, and we must be able to reason everything. In the end, what was taught is removal of all things unessential until the final product becomes an extreme reduction of TMIs. When I look at designs today, I see all kinds of added ornaments: swash, drop shadows, rounded corners—decorations. To me, good designs need no embellishment. Good designs speak for themselves.

 

Good design is clean and clear. Good design communicates. Good design is transparent. When you see good design, the apparent design disappears and all you see is the message.

 

Pictured from top:

+ Discourses: an Asian American journal of arts and criticisms. Volume 2 No 1. PDF amazingly still live on the web: www.yale.edu/discourses/images/dis_2.pdf Edited by Pearle Lee and Jaya N. Kasibhatla. Pearle is now my client for a hedge fund after I moved back to Hong Kong — crazy yes? Seems even though I was a social-phobe in college some friendships do last forever.

 

+ Program notes from Jonathan Edwards College Chamber Players. Brett Austad and Joshua Richman, music directors. Olivia Blander MUS ’98, Heather Losey CC ’98, Daniel Adamson DC ’98, Rafenna Michalsen TC’01, Betsy Tao BK ’98, Rebecca Reich DC’00, David Blasher DC’01, Andrew Guenzer DC’01. April 28, 1998.

 

+ Kurasawa Film Festival program notes. A tribute to Akira Kurosawa by the Yale Film Society, Council on East Asian Studies, and Yale College Japan Association. Organization committee: Rene Brar, Andrew J Cohen, Aaron Epstein, Makiko Kitamura, Shoshana Litt, Geoffrey Sledge. January 24-29, 1999. Whitney Humanities Center.

 

Notes:

 

1. To give a perspective on this, my organic chemistry class in high school fulfills the lab requirements for “freshman orgo” designed for premed students under the tutelage of McBride. I also took Physics 220 and other classes while at Yale with other premed nerds.

 

2. MSL also went to Yale to study Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. She graduated summa cum laude (CC’99) and went onto Harvard Medical School and Columbia Medical School and become the MD PhD that she is today. She snapped a ton of patents in AIDS research and published several papers on Nature for discovering the protein related to Alzheimer’s. Looking back my decision to study art was sound because there is no way I will ever become anyone stuck behind the expectations from others to achieve as well.

 

3. Most people I know go to school to earn good grades to look good on their CV. I thought that the tuition was hard earned money by my dad so I studied a ton of things which I knew nothing about: accounting, gender studies, computer law, operational research. I did not get very good grades from these, but the knowledge I gained from learning these subjects are beneficial to my day-to-day work to this day.

 

4. The philosophy is that you can learn software on your own so no classes will teach you how to use them. Design as a visual language is highly subjective so no one would tell you what is good or bad. So unlike many art schools where the graduation show is filled with designs with a particular style, the graduation shows at Yale are always very interesting because students show projects which show a huge range of diversity.

 

5. Emigre, also known as Emigre Graphics, is a digital type foundry, publisher and distributor of graphic design centered information based in Berkeley, California, that was founded in 1984 by husband-and-wife team Rudy VanderLans and Zuzana Licko. The type foundry also published Emigre magazine between 1984 and 2005. Note that unlike the word émigré, Emigre is officially spelled without accents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emigre

 

6. Eye Magazine, The International Review of Graphic Design is a quarterly print magazine on graphic design and visual culture. First published in London in 1990, Eye was founded by Rick Poynor, a prolific writer on graphic design and visual communication. Poynor edited the first twenty-four issues (1990-1997). Max Bruinsma was the second editor, editing issues 25–32 (1997–1999), before its current editor John L. Walters took over in 1999. Stephen Coates was art director for issues 1-26, Nick Bell was art director from issues 27-57, and Simon Esterson has been art director since issue 58. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_(magazine)

 

7. I owe much of who I am today to the years of patience and encouragement to my graphic design professors: John Gambell, Paul Elliman, Jenny Chan and Michael Rock. SML Thank You.

 

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SML Men = Small Men + Medium Men + Large Men = ALL MEN;

 

The circles have 3 layers:

1. Inner circle: Base / Core / Interior / Internal

2. Middle circle: Bridge / Transformation / Transition

3. Outer circle: Exterior / External / Public Facing

 

In this particular case, it's men on the inside, men on the outside and with pure / no transformation :)

 

Part of the SML Circles series

 

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SML Universe (http://smlUniverse.com) is a content portal created by See-ming Lee using Google Apps to aggregate news and information related to things that are important to him: design, technology, marketing, technology, visualization, inspiration

 

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Technically speaking this is a failure, because you can't really read any of the text here - finding the right balance of fluidity v legibility remains one of the key challenges. To add contrast, I introduced a thick black stroke which covers the thick magenta strokes about 60% of the time, but the interplay got so intense that the letters are losing its form... yet this remains one of my favorites as the letters truly come to life in this form. I believe that adding a touch of the letter contour should solve the issue - but since I am not directly drawing on the canvas but rather setting up parameters and rendering them, it ha taken much longer than I would have hoped. Each of these renderings take 8-20 mins for a 1280x720 rectangle seen here.

 

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See plus.google.com/u/0/photos/111576677443108715695/albums/5... for complete evolution.

Test Card 8.5x11 for a black & white photocopy machine / 1998 / SML Graphic Design

 

Assignment

 

Art 366a Visual Studies

Fall Semester 1998

 

T-TH 1:30-3:20, 215 Park Street

Paul Elliman, Instructor

paul.elliman [at] yale.edu

 

1. Testcard

 

(Week 1-2) Devise a testcard, 8.5x11, for a black & white photocopy machine

 

The card is basically a set of questions or exercises - point, type specimen, line, pattern, half-tone, grey-scale spectrum, moire - designed to test the machine's effectiveness or value.

 

The testcard should explore not only the effective (proper?) function of the photocopier, but also any other qualities (Test the limits of its language/your language)

 

Investigate both the history and teh working mechanics of thsi machine, then (week 3-4) extend the scope of the testcard to include this kind of informaion.

 

Process (42 pages)

+ 1: Assignment

+ 2: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.64: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 3: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.65: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 4: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.66: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 5: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.67: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 6: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.68: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 7: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.69: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 8: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.70: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 9: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.71: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 10: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.72: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 11: Research: The Atlantic Monthly: 2006-02: pp.73: Copies in Seconds by David Owen

+ 12: Research: Anatomy of a Xerox test card

+ 13: Research: Anatomy of a Xerox test card

+ 14: Sketches: 1

+ 15: Sketches: 2

+ 16: Sketches: 3

+ 17: Sketches: 4

+ 18: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 1

+ 19: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 2

+ 20: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 3

+ 21: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 4

+ 22: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 5

+ 23: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 6

+ 24: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 7

+ 25: Xerox: Historial Highlights: 8

+ 26: Sketches: 5

+ 27: Skethces: 6

+ 28: Research: Basic Copier Operation: 1

+ 29: Research: Basic Copier Operation: 2

+ 30: Design: The working of a xerox machine: 1

+ 31: Design: The working of a xerox machine: 2

+ 32: Sketches: 7

+ 33: Sketches: 8

+ 34: Research: Basic Copier Model: 1

+ 35: Research: Basic Copier Model: 2

+ 36: Design: Anatomy of a Basic Copier

+ 37: Design: The Basic Copy Process

+ 38: Design: Anatomy of a basic copier

+ 39: Design: Anatomy of a basic copier

+ 40: Design: The Basic Copy Process

+ 41: Design: The Basic Copy Process

+ 42: Design: The Basic Copy Process

 

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Eye Magazine (Tw:@eyemagazine) Blog

eyemagazine.com/blog

 

Eye, the international review of graphic design, is a quarterly printed magazine about graphic design and visual culture

 

# SML Opinions

 

Nicely typeset + beautifully designed graphic design journalism and criticism about international graphic design. Highly recommended.

 

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Life Celebrates Diversity (Facebook Group)

Life Celebrates Diversity (Flickr Group)

Life Celebrates Diversity (FriendFeed)

Life Celebrates Diversity (Twitter)

 

SML Pro Blog: Life Celebrates Diversity

 

Manifesto

 

Life.

 

Life celebrates diversity.

Life celebrates differences.

Life celebrates humanity.

 

Regardless of age, attire, or build.

Regardless of class, color, or culture.

Regardless of education, flavor, or gender.

Regardless of hair style, income level, or interest.

Regardless of life style, location, or philosophy.

Regardless of profession, physique, or race.

Regardless of religion, role, or sexual taste.

 

Life is equilibriumism.

Life is everything and nothing.

Life is all of us and none of us.

 

See-ming Lee, 2007.07.07

 

Life = All colors = Whole Spectrum

 

Cyan, Yellow and Magenta are the primary color pigments utilized in printing technology and is capable of creating every single color you see today.

 

The color black (K in the CMYK) is added into the mix because the ink or pigment we use today are not capable of reproducing a true black mixing CMY together. Additionally, firing a single black drop will create less of a dot gain then firing three-times the amount of pigment.

 

Life = He | She | It

 

Throughout history, mother nature has been described as a male (cyan), a female (magenta), or genderless. The context from which you look at life changes--from the inside, from the outside and everything in between.

 

Life = Magic

 

Life is magical (yellow) and full of its wonders. It creates the synergy between a man and a woman, the yin and the yang, the ideological state of equilibrium.

 

Life = All of Us = None of Us

 

Life is all of us because it encompasses everything that you see / hear / feel / touch / taste. Life is none of us because it is formed as a united decentralized network of people regardless of (A-Z).

 

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flickranalytics.com

 

Flickr Analytics

SML Wiki: Flickr Analytics

SML Pro Blog: Flickr Analytics / SML Analytics

 

Objective

Analyze the Flickr Intersestingness algorithm.

 

Methodology

(1) Tagging and grouping top 20 photographs from the Popular-Views, Popular-Favorites and Popular-Comments pages.

(2) Compare results with photographs from the various sets via AND / OR operators.

 

Preliminary Analysis

Top Views = what drives users to click;

Top Faves = what drives users to buy;

Top Comments = what drives users to blog;

 

All three galleries combined give you the winning ingredients for market success for any advertising campaigns. These sets, as such, double-duty as quick-visual reference for your next photoshoot.

 

If analyzing my own photographs give me this conclusion, I can only imagine the entire collection of images hosted on Flickr can provide.

 

I hypothesize that Yahoo is using these data to train an AI (artifical intelligence) algorithm to detect images. And if they aren't, I think that they should. Google literally dominates the text-ad market by indexing every single bit of text available to them, it would be smart for Yahoo to pick a different market segment and become the expert in it.

 

Tags: Popular-Interesting

interesting-top20

 

Tags: Popular-Views

views-1000

views-2000

views-3000

views-4000

views-5000

views-6000

views-7000

views-8000

views-9000

views-10000

views-top20

 

Tags: Popular-Favorites

favorites

favorites-5

favorites-10

favorites-15

favorites-20

favorites-25

favorites-30

favorites-35

favorites-40

favorites-45

favorites-50

favorites-55

favorites-60

favorites-65

favorites-top20

 

Tags: Popular-Comments

comments-10

comments-20

comments-30

comments-40

comments-50

comments-top20

 

Notes

(1) Top 20 ranking fluctuates. As a result, it is possible for the Top-20 sets to have more than 20 photographs.

 

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massify.com

 

Massify is a film production community that unites filmmakers, actors and fans in the pursuit of great film.

 

The site provides tools targeted to filmmakers, as well as abundant space for users to showcase their portfolio and reels. In addition to features commonly found on other social networks, Massify also partners with recognized film production companies and organizes competitions to promote and attract talents.

 

Their latest competition is a music video challenge where directors will get to pitch ideas for the rock band Low vs Diamond. The winner will get to work with Epic Records and RSA Films - a great opportunity for aspiring filmmakers indeed.

 

Related Press

+ Wired Blog: Make A Major Label Music Video / 2008-08-08

+ New York Times: Giving the Outsiders a Say on Movies / 2008-03-10

 

Related SML Universe

+ SML Network: Massify

+ SML Wiki: Massify

 

Aura video for Nanette Lepore / Social Retailing® at Bloomingdale's in NYC.

 

Animation (one for each line of clothing)

+ 1940s Cuban Getaway: You choose Mambo Salsa, Wine or Cuba Libre?

+ Italian Vacation: I see your plan says Ferrari by day, Vivaldi by night.

+ Rockabilly: I agree there is nothing sexier than a little rebellion.

 

Typography

+ Beret LT Std

+ Bickham Script Pro

 

Medium

+ Rotated (portrait) 1080p HD Displays

 

Year

+ 2007

 

Agency

+ IconNicholson

 

Team

+ Design / Typography / Animation: See-ming Lee

+ Copywriting: Paul D'Addario

+ Soundtrack: Brian McBrearty

 

Copyright 2007 Nanette Lepore. All rights reserved.

 

+++

 

SML Wiki: Social Retailing

wiki.seeminglee.com/social-retailing

 

Social Retailing® is a concept created by IconNicholson for Nanette Lepore in 2007. It was conceptualized in late 2006 and unveiled at the annual National Retail Federation Show in 2007 (NRF07). It made its first appearance to the public at Bloomingdale's in New York City in March, 2007 during Nanette Lepore's Keds Shoe Launch promotion.

 

The concept was named Time Magazine's Invention fo the Year 2007 and is currently patent-pending.

 

+++

 

SML 1080p HD Simulcast

+ www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/4216530819

+ www.vimeo.com/8400354

+ www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-CpiDBQKjU

@Adobe you rock!

 

First, they made CS2 available for free [1]. Now, they made the original Photoshop source code available for free [2].

 

SML also believes that the future of economy is free. Too awesome. Crazyisgood. SML Love.

 

# Notes

1. www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?pid=4485850&a...

2. www.theverge.com/2013/2/14/3990378/original-adobe-photosh...

 

“Adobe for all: Free CS2 + Photoshop source code”

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Map of Yale University created in 1997 for The Yale Herald's freshman issue for the Class of 2001.

 

Copyright 1997 The Yale Herald / See-ming Lee. All rights reserved.

 

Updates

+ 2009-09-11: Featured in Smashing Magazine: 25 Useful Data Visualization and Infographics Resources

Wedding 360 / SML Projects (Set)

Wedding Invitations for the wedding of Jen Chen + Peter Evans.

 

Concept

The wedding invitation comes as a pack of postcards.

 

Typography

 

Bickham Script Pro is used to set a formal line of text to poke fun of the typically formal and often unreadable letterpress invites.

 

Helvetica Neue Std is used to recreate the same information in what an information designer would do given the same situation.

 

Bodoni 26 from P22 is used to create the title of the event. As a serif, it also functions as the link between the script face and the sans serif.

 

The idea of combining a script face with a modern face is to reinforce the theme which runs through the wedding: a synergy of masculine + feminine, modern + traditional, western + chinese, yin + yang.

 

Post Card Form factor

 

All the post cards are designed to meet US Postal Service standards. So these invitations double-duty as wish you were here postcards where the guest can send out at the event.

 

Post Card 1: The Roast

Post Card 2: The Celebration

Post Card 3: The Finale

Post Card 4: The RSVP

Post Card 4: The RSVP: Back. Pre-printed with the address where the card ought to be sent back.

Post Card 5: Festivity. The all-purpose postcard for the guests to keep if they have decided to mailed the first 3 postcards as wish you were here from the event.

 

Wedding Identity / Logo

 

Double Happiness (Google Image Search) reinterpreted using lines and geometric shapes. Graphically, the traditional symbol for wedding literally unite the first names of the woman and the man.

 

The logo also draws inpsiration from the icons for the male and female symbols. This influence is much more apparent when you flip the logo.

 

Cost

 

Instead of offset-printing, we printed these with a commercial postcard press (Modern Postcard). The bride only needed 120 sets of these, which is far less than the 250 minimum run.

 

All the postcards together cost 1,500 to print — it's a great deal when you consider offset-printing a limited-run offset printjob for the same design on a single card will easily cost more than 1,000.

 

Translation: The bride saved a lot of money and I've got more than a hundred extra for my portfolio.

 

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