2D II – Project 1 Development (#1)


After contemplating which aspects of myself I wanted to attempt to portray with assignment 1, I decided that I wanted it to encompass my feelings, interests, habits, and future aspirations, as I feel that these general factors contribute greatly to the components of an individual.

  1. Fussy food eater
  2. Animal lover
  3. Soon-to-be photographer
  4. Baker
  5. Sentimental hoarder
  6. Middle child


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I began by going on Pinterest to search for ideas and different types of materials used, as I knew it would be fun and informative to test out various mediums.


I usually am quite fussy, unless the situation disallows me to be, and I pick out food that I want to eat, and waste the rest, which isn’t a very desirable habit of mine.

I wanted to use both 3D and 2D materials to challenge my creativity, and therefore thought of using water colour paint to create ice cream cones with actual food or its wrappers to substitute ice cream.

My initial idea:



Water colour food inspiration

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After giving it further thought, I may position the food in a manner that looks as though I bit into the ‘ice cream’ and wasted it, showing the downside of being fussy. Another idea I had after consultation was to use rotten/moldy food to represent the ice cream, which increases the feeling of repulsion and wastage, depicting my feelings towards the subject.


I have three dogs at home, and personally, it’s something I hold dear, as I value them very much, and I believe nothing can replace the feeling of having a pet and earning its trust and loyalty. In fact when I’m older, I would like to have dogs in place of kids 😀 Having said this, I do like other animals as well, and it isn’t just confined to dogs alone.

Although, on the other hand, I also feel that an animal’s instinct is to be in the wild, and sometimes I do think it isn’t fair to keep them away from their natural habitats, and keep them domesticated.

My idea is to create a portrait of one of my dogs using patterns (different forms of black and white patterns) and my name. I also want to use bits of nature, like leaves, twigs, cotton, etc, to symbolise that its a large part of animals to long for being in the wild.


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My major for Year 2 onwards is Photography and Digital Imaging, and so, I believe my skills in this area will definitely be honed and sharpened. I wanted to bring across the idea that my opinion on photography is that it is a very important aspect of life, as it captures memories – ones that the human mind cannot remember clearly even if we try, as memories become blurry in time.

Therefore, I wanted to make a collage of photos that I have taken over the year in a cool blue-ish hue, and blur out it out to create a background. In contrast, I wanted to create my name using some sort of reflective material (like scotch tape or acrylic), to spell out my name, and the areas that is part of my name will be slightly brighter in nature and colour, and of high definition. This is to represent that parts behind the lens will always remain vivid and clear.




I like to bake as a past time, as I find it therapeutic and calming. I usually bake during my free time, or even if I am busy, I try to make it a point to wake up early and whip up something in the mornings.

Here are some of the things I have done so far:




I thought of using items like cupcake liners to give texture to the background, and using icing in a piping bag to create my name, and take a photograph of that (playing with lighting and locations), to create typography for this attribute.

However, after consultation, I also thought that the concept for this one was not strong enough, and did not portray my feelings towards baking. I then thought of things that I felt were calming and sort of cathartic, to show my thoughts on the subject. Other materials I have considered using are things like coffee, flowers, cocoa powder, etc.



I usually keep things – mementos, items, cards, notes – that I receive from people, as I find meaning and value in them, and it helps me remember good times from the past. As a result, my room is packed with boxes of things, but they’re all neatly in different boxes, labelled with names like ‘cards’, ‘from friends, ‘letters’, etc, and I know where to find the stuff. In other words, I am an organised mess.

Or, as I would call it, a ‘sentimental hoarder’. I find there’s nothing wrong with keeping things, as hoarders would, but due to the lack of space, I have to filter and throw out some things. Ultimately, I only keep the stuff that are very precious to me.

I thought of using old wrappers (either part with the ones I have hoarded over the years or replicate them), to show a timeline of items I have kept. The wrappers I have are creased, but not entirely crumpled because I have taken care of them. I was also thinking of arranging them into my name, with the nicer things being arranged neatly, while the others (trailing off from the end of my name), will be messy, and in darker lighting, to symbolise that I’ve disposed of those items.





Middle Child Syndrome is an actual tangible issue, perhaps not for all, but being a middle child myself, I can say that I experienced it when I was younger. Growing up, it’s true that middle children sometimes feel out of place, as the elder sibling is viewed as the mature, responsible one who has the respect of the parents, while the younger sibling is frequently doted on, and essentially, very well looked after.

This leaves middle children feeling lonely, always having to vie for attention and eventually, becoming competitive with his/her siblings, and feeling burnt out if the issue is not addressed. Of course, most of the time, if parents treat the kids impartially, it isn’t their fault – it’s just the way things are.

So my idea is to show the tired, angry sort of feeling middle children feel. I thought of using matchsticks or fingerprints, always making the one in the middle different from the other two. I will most likely go with matchsticks, as I feel this medium accurately represents what I feel on the subject.




After evading the rock slide, Sgt. Fabian and Veggie head towards the village, eager to get to civilisation, seeing that they were running low on supplies like food and water.

When they arrived at the village, they were shocked to find the townspeople severely malnourished and sick. You knew that the village had never been exactly as advanced as Gildford, but you never expected this. Both of you wandered on, looking for anyone who looked healthy, but you found none.

Veggie marched up to an lady who looked older than she probably was, given the unfortunate circumstances of the village.

He asked, “Hello, we’re passing through this village to get somewhere else. What happened here? Is there anywhere we can get supplies?”

The woman slowly shook her head, her eyes glazing over as though she was in a trance, “No. Almost everything here is ruined,” and went on to tell the story.


Budsworth was once a lovely, quaint town – one that was not excessively wealthy or flourishing with an abundance of resources, but it had just enough for the people to get by. Its inhabitants were simple, with little knowledge about the outside world, as they were content with the basic items they had. About three months ago, crops started failing, and the water supply was consistently yellowed and unsanitary. The villagers panicked, but believed there would be an improvement. The town was almost spent – they had come to the last few grains they had in storage, and if things didn’t turn around by the next month, they could only expect the worst. They beseeched the leaders of Uthad, but received no replies. Anyone who travelled to Myra was turned away after being repeatedly assured that the situation would be taken care of.

It never was.


The both of you find something amiss, and decide to stay the night at a cheap inn. Anyway, you had to rest to prepare for another arduous day ahead that consisted of more hiking. During the night, the faint sound of propellers woke Sgt. Fabian up as he could distinctly recognise what a helicopter sounded like, given his military background.

He woke Veggie up, surprised that no one else had risen due to the sound. After some deliberation, he was positive that it was because they probably thought it was some sort of meteor passing by, which was a pretty common occurrence.

What was a helicopter doing so far from The Force’s base at 3am in the morning?



After the close encounter with The Rogues, the both of you rested for the rest of the night on the treetops, in case others attacked as well.

By morning, you two set off again, heading towards Myra, the capital of Uthad, where The Force’s headquarters was at. After hiking for hours, you realise the path you had intended to take to enter through the back door of the headquarters is blocked off by a rock slide, and hugh rocks were now obstructing your path. The ground and area were completely unstable, and the grappling hook or other tools could not be used in the situation because the rocks would tumble and it was life threatening. You could potentially fall off the cliff that is on the right of the rock slide.

However, you are not sure exactly which route you can take now.

There is a small city to the left, about 10 kilometres away, that deviates from your original path. Veggie proposes going to the village to ask for directions and find another road.

Do you attempt to cross the rock slide or go to the village?



Sgt. Fabian has convinced Veggie that there has been some sort of secrecy between the country leaders and high ranking officials in The Force. He had reason to believe that Justius Lowell, nation head of Uthad, where Gildford was based in, was hiding critical information from the soldiers and civilians – information that pertained to the recent genocides.

Masses of people had been killed, with reasons like virus outbreaks and sparks of sporadic violent sprees committed by seemingly harmless individuals being cited. No one knew the causes, and leaders covered it up by claiming that they were looking into things, and that the new atmosphere was the most likely cause.

However, a month ago, Sgt. Fabian had stumbled upon strange letters being transferred between his Warrant Officer, Vira Tamara, and Lowell. He had managed to scan the letters, and found that they were collaborating to get rid of the weaker humans in preparation for ‘them’ to come.

Naturally, Sgt. Fabian was disgusted knowing that humans would plot against their own species, and wanted to confront Tamara for an explanation. After much consideration, he decided he was treading on dangerous grounds, and should not cause suspicion or let anyone know about the information he did. Therefore, he went to the one person he could trust – Veggie.


Presently, both of you are on their way to The Force’s headquarters to dig for more data regarding this incident. You know the journey ahead is a tough one, but you are determined to crack the case, for it concerns humanity’s (what’s left of it) future.

After travelling by foot over arduous conditions like torrid heat, heavy downpour, and lack of money and weapons, you two have come to rest at a forested area about 73 kilometres away from Gildford. Upon resting, you hear rustling of leaves to your left. Immediately on guard, you scan the area and your eyes settle on a band of Rogues coming your direction. Rogues are known to be vicious and manipulative humans who are infamous for looting homes and robbing other people for their benefit.

What do you do?


Introduction to Gildford, Clyria:



In the town of Gildford, one of the poorer provinces of Clyria, people there had no choice but to be hardworking. They worked hard to feed themselves, and more often than not, many still went to sleep hungry at night.

The people were small in stature, with tanned skin due to spending long hours in the scorching heat of the new star that orbited the planet, and provided the same energy the old sun did. This new star was called ‘Helios’, Greek for ‘sun’.

With regards to garments, the farming and construction class wore mostly denim, cotton and jersey – practical materials in practical, non- vibrant colours. The soldiers, however, the ones tasked with foraging new, foreign areas and trained in combat should there be a need for battle, wore leather. They needed the thick hide for its tough and hardy nature in their line of work in The Force.

On the other hand, the working class, probably the wealthiest of the lot, wore materials made of chiffon or crepe. They consisted of merchants, thinkers and businessmen, and spent a large bulk of their time being at the top of the budding economy, planning infrastructure, transport, and trade.

And of course, there are the Rogues – the deviators from societal norms. The ones who dress in dark clothing so they blend into the night, which makes it easier for them to go unnoticed and steal precious things.

Means of transport was limited. People had managed to recreate bicycles, which was the main form of getting around for the farmers. Other methods would be on animals, as beasts like horses and cows had been brought over from the previous Earth. There were cars, but very few.

Fabian, who was now a sergeant in the The Force, and Veggie, were childhood friends who grew up together on the rural farms of Gildford. When Fabian was 16, he enlisted to become a soldier, while Veggie continued to work in his family farm, under the guidance of his father. Both of them had never experienced life on Earth, and only had a muddled inkling of what it was like before based on their imagination, and tales told to them by their grandparents.

One day, Sgt. Fabian unexpectedly returns home from his base camp, and approaches Veggie for help.

2D ll – Typography Research


My first step to the project was to search for the meaning of typography, so as to understand the subject on a more in-depth level. I thought it was crucial to know the definition of a subject, before being able to fully delve into discovering its forms, mediums and elements, etc.

Eventually, my final understanding of typography is that it:
  1. Is the visual component of the written word
  2. Is the art and technique of arranging type
  3. Has a goal: To communicate and send a distinct message to viewers.


A few elements to take note of in typography are:
  1. Layout, which includes negative space
  2. Colour scheme (different colour palettes have different meanings)
  3. Sizing
  4. Fonts
  5. Leading (space between lines of text)
  6. Kerning (space between characters)



I think the three major mediums for these categories of typography are:


Examples: Pencil, pen, chinese ink, water colour, acrylic paint, charcoal, graphite, etc.

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Examples: Applications like Photoshop and Illustrator, etc.

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Examples: Thread, candy, dough, petals, rubber bands, concrete, light bulbs, water, etc.

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Mixed mediums/platforms

I thought this was an interesting idea because it opens the mind and generates more ideas, if we can include various mediums and platforms in the design (e.g. as shown below, the alphabets are drawn on with ink, but the leaves are placed on the design to create a 3D effect, and make the typography really pop out).



DADA Typography:


  1. Heavy use of symbols
  2. Plays with vertigo (horizontals and verticals)
  3. Mixes fonts
  4. Unorthodox punctuation

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Hannah Hoch:

A German Dada artist, and one of the first few women to breakthrough in the design industry.

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Russian Constructivism Typography:


  1. Focused on the use of materials
  2. To express the experience of modern life
  3. Disorienting elements of space and time

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Other examples of typography I like:
Sawdust Typography:

A graphic design firm based in London that was created by Rob Gonzalez and Jonathan Quainton. They specialise in a very unique style that I appreciate, one that plays with various mediums, fonts, forms and contrasts. I also like that their designs come off as rather clean, sleek and minimalistic.


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JOachim VU:

He is another graphic designer who works with clients from all industries to assist them with branding and conceptualising ideas. I find his work especially unique because he does custom lettering, and pays extreme attention to intricacies and details.


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Previously, in 2316:

In the year 2316, global warming, drastic climate changes and waste disposal has rendered Earth an unsustainable planet for mankind. To top that off, Earth’s inhabitants were also facing overpopulation and an alarming depletion of natural resources. There was a lack of basic necessities, like food and water, and chaos threatened to break loose.



Knowing that man could no longer continue living on a planet that was going to waste, and that there was no feasible cure to the situation, religious leaders and politicians came together during a summit to discuss possible solutions that could turn the impending extinction of all living creatures on Earth around. Times were desperate, and they were forced to come to a hasty conclusion.

Currently, in 2396:

80 years later, mankind is now living on Planet Clyria, billions of miles away from the desolated remains of Earth. Out of all the planets, Clyria had the most similar, optimum living conditions as Earth did, and was therefore, the best alternative. After the summit that took place decades ago, countries all over the world pooled together money and manpower, and efficiently built a shuttle device that had the ability to within hours, carry thousands of people at once to go to Clyria.



Country leaders had tried transporting as many people as they could with the little resources left before Earth perished, but millions were left behind to die. A third of those who were brought to Clyria, however, did not survive along the way, due to the stress, starvation and dehydration, and their unfortunate bodily inability to adapt and cope with the change in atmosphere. This brought the human population to approximately 1 billion. This also meant that only the toughest and strongest were left alive, through method of natural elimination.

Cities in Clyria were no where near Earth’s former glory, but humans had to make do. The lavish lifestyles were gone, where people spent exorbitantly and could afford food wastage. Instead, everyone knew the importance of rationing and self preservation, turning the culture into one that was rather harsh and unyielding.

In a particular town named Gildford, identical to the rest of the population, people fell into pockets that included the working class, farmers and soldiers. Life was tough, but orderly. Soon enough though, things were about to take a turn.


Please indicate the following:
  1. Name of character
  2. Skill set (Intelligence, Strength, Agility = 8 points)
  3. Gender
  4. Age
  5. Weapon of choice
  6. Character’s occupation (Working class, farmer or soldier)