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MonthFebruary 2018

Mobile Docking with Speakers

Concept: Sound of the waves- a mobile docking with speakers – pumping sound waves into the surrounding air            and towards your ears. This model is the literal representation of ocean ‘waves’ . Elements of nature .

“Sound of the waves”

Below are some of the initial sketches/ideations for this project. All of the ideations includes a mobile docking, speakers and also for charging. Out of all those, I picked one which I would like to explore more. The chosen design focuses more on its aesthetic qualities as compared to other elements/factors.

During the first stages of building foam models, I tried to model a pyramid in both blue foam as well as the white foam. I find that working with blue foam gives a much neater and cleaner edges as compared to white foam.

Then, I proceed in making the model for the mobile docking project. (in the scale 2/3 of original size) Below are some of the process images that I had compiled. First of all, I noted down the measurements needed, such as the size and thickness of mobile phone, wires, the backing for interlocking the stand etc. After which, I had drawn it out on the foam and then cut it accordingly.

Orthographic views of the chosen design (shown on the image above)

I tried using the heat cutter to cut out the organic form of my design. However, I find that it is taking too long and it would be faster to complete it using hand tools. As for the edges and the layerings of the foams, cutting it using the machine will have higher accuracy and produces nice clean edges.

(above is the final outcome of my model)

Reflection: Looking at the final outcome of my model, I feel that the workmanship can be better by using other materials- such as the compressed foam without the plastic surface- which were mostly used for the interior/architectural models. Besides that, laser cutting might give a higher accuracy design especially for the organic shapes.

Experimenting with Arduino

This week, we got to learn Arduino and adaFruit. Personally, I enjoyed experimenting with Adafruit due to its user-friendly tutorials especially for super beginners like me. These ledlights were being lit up when someone’s clapped.

I discovered that with Adafruit, I could create many interesting stuffs such as this- Adafruit’s Secret Knock Activated Drawer Lock- where the user can record a secret knock pattern which will open the lock inside the drawer. There are variety of ideas that could be done with Adafruit!

Moving on to Arduino. This ledlight ‘blinked’ after I had programmed it on laptop and then placed the led into the correct output. There are other ways too such as the ‘fading’ effect and etc.

Both starts with A and have ‘ui’ in their names.

Final Image Making Through Type – Project 1

Balloon Artist

A balloon artist which produces works of art installations which revolves around balloon. Balloons are considered as experiential, living art. They can be in different forms, material, consists of different mixtures of air particles.

Gold Smelter

Gold Smelter’s roles and responsibility includes the operation of melting  of gold and mould them into gold bars. Usually the location is near to the mining site, so as to ease the transportation. The melted gold from the furnace can be seen pouring down onto the letters and then becoming gold bars.

Jazz Café Owner

An owner of a café that does not only serves a wide variety of beverages but also offers nightly live jazz for my customers. (shown by the musical note of text “S”)      The classical neon sign can be seen on plastered concrete of the café exterior.

Rhythmic gymnast

A rhythmic gymnast usually performs with a ribbon and combines the element of ballet. The spotlight projects a bright beam of light onto stage which focuses on the “ribbon” text and a ballet shoes can be seen hanging onto it.

Process of “Gold Smelter”

What is the role and responsibility of a Gold Smelter? A gold smelter is someone who works at a production of gold factory, whereby the gold substance is being heated to a very high temperature. It is being heated up till the melting point then poured into mould which makes them into gold bars. Usually located in the rural and inaccessible area due to the nature location of the gold. (which consists of dirt, mud, soil – in order to hunt the gold underneath the Earth soil)

My name is Syadza and I am a

As I am quite new to C4D, I had look up for 3D artist references in order to decide what are the different kinds of settings and renderings that I wanted to produce. Firstly, I started off with creating my own cursive text on Illustrator using vector. After creating the vectorised form, I had imported the lines into Cinema 4D. 

After importing, I started to produce “capsule” for the lines. This is so that the 2D imported lines from AI became into 3D capsulized texts. However, as pictured in the above image, the 3D form is stiff and does not have a very smooth edge. After some changes being made to the segments settings, the edges looks fine!

Now, its time to add the melting component of the overall text composition. I did this by extruding certain parts of the text and then group them under the “subdivision surface” in order to have the fluid smooth texture/effect.

After experimenting with different backgrounds, I decided to make the backdrop in brown and add a ‘soil’ texture for the floor. This is because gold are found buried deep down in the Earth. Based on peers’ feedbacks and consultation, I decided to pour the melted gold from the top of the composition. This is to convey that there is a furnace up there, which contains the liquidified gold.

Process of “Balloon Artist”

Jihan Zencirli made a name for herself in the art world designing colorful balloon installations. She inspired me to take on this job as my imaginary occupation. She says, “While something I create may only last for three days, it’s worth every second if even one person is moved by it.” 

Hence, my imaginary occupation is an established artist creating balloon installations for some of the biggest events — parties, weddings, concerts — around the globe. 

My name is Syadza and I am a

Initially, I practiced to make normal spherical balloons and also explored the materials settings in order to give ‘foil balloon reflective surface’ effect. And it works. So I moved onto create the text of my name. It was just a plain block of text which then transformed into foil balloon, with seaming on the side of the balloons. (if look closely enough) These seams are important in order to create the surface texture and creases on the side.

After experimenting with different backgrounds, I decided to place these balloons at the corner of an empty room. This gives of the elegance of the balloons and conveys the audience that these are not just balloons, it is an art installation.

Process of “Rhythmic gymnast”

A rhythmic gymnast usually performs with a ribbon and combines the element of ballet. I decided to created a text of my name in a form of satin ribbon. As a rhythmic gymnast, audience’s attention should focuses only on the gymnast. Hence, the background is the stage- which usually depicts in red- and there is a spotlight that projects a bright beam of light in centre of the whole composition.

My name is Syadza and I am a

First off, I created the ‘ribbon’ effect on the text. I intended to make swirling forms of the ribbon. Afterwards, the texture of the ribbon is also important in order to make it look like a gold satin ribbon.

Finally, the background which was made to represent the stage, with the projected spotlight and also a pair of ballet shoes hanging onto the edge of the text.


Process of “Jazz Cafe Owner”

I had always wanted to own a café, maybe somewhere in the countryside. Classical. Rustic. Neon signage. This café is perfect for nightly live gig/jazz venue. Also serves a wide variety of beverages too!  

My name is Syadza and I am a

So firstly, I had created the outline of the text, with the letter “S” accentuated to look like the musical note(in order to represent the jazz music). The lines are then extruded and sweeped into 3D form! However, some minor adjustments have to be made as the lines are overlapping each other (as shown below)

The neon sign is then attached to the wall and I also added wires to make it look much natural. It looks unfinished hence I added ‘beverages signage’ on the plastered concrete wall to conclude the image.

Artist Reference – Frank J. Guzzone

Frank J. Guzzone  (Instagram @fjg_3d)

He is a 3D & Product Designer. Currently working at Sidewalk Labs.

As I am now keen to create 3D typography as my final outcomes, I have decided to research on Cinema 4D Artists, to know more about this software, different materials that I could use and also different manipulations that I can ventured with. His works does not really focuses much on 3D typography, but more of 3D rendering objects/space.

Most of his works, he used soft complementary colours such as different shades of pastels. He also uses the material ‘iridescent’, which is the same trait that I discovered which most C4D designers makes use of.

His works inspires me as I am now able to visualize what are the backgrounds/space to use for in this software and also the kind of rendering I could produce.


Artist Reference – MACHINEAST

Machineast – is a collective design studio that focuses on key visual, motion graphic, typography and graphic design for social media content, advertising and website based in Singapore. Machineast is the brainchild of Fizah and Ando.

Personally, I admired their works and for this assignment, I would like to create 3D typography of my names. Below are some of their works that I had referenced with:

The ‘iridescent’ material for the above artworks, amazed and intrigued me. Most of these works were being done in C4D. This material is what I would like to explore in my work.

These duos also had done 3D typography for Marina Bay Sands (above image). The fonts are manipulated and represented in different forms; ie. ribbon, tubes. The colours used also plays an important role to make a contrasting rendered image.



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Pareidolia Exercise

During our first lesson, me and Azizah went around the school in search of Alphabets – in pareidolia form!  Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, which is a more generalized term for seeing patterns in random data.