Sunday, December 28, 2008

Global Petition for Peace in 2009

Hope everyone had a great Christmas, or Hanukkah!)

As for the New Year, I only have one wish: Peace.

Now we are seeing over 150 deaths in Gaza everyday in the last two days caused by the Israeli attacks; we are seeing bombings in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq on a daily bases; we are seeing two nuclear powers - India and Pakistan - on the brink of a war; and we continue to see innocent deaths in the African continent: Ugandan rebels' massacre of civilians in Eastern Congo, conflicts in Somalia, the coup in Guinea, and child soldiers still dying in Chad, etc. etc.

No more.

Please, in the spirit of a festival that marks a new beginning, stop the violence, and give peace a chance.

Give peace a chance - that's all I'm asking.

If you are reading this post, please take one minute, just one, sign this petition.

If you could forward it to 3 of your friends, please do it, just 3. (I'm sure you have lots more;)

Among millions and millions of planets in the universe, we are all here, on this small planet Earth together, so we need to care about the ones that may not be directly connected to us.

Please spread this message. Spread peace.

Happy New Year!

photo by Cayusa

Friday, December 19, 2008

Paper Typography Art

Just "Wow".

A few pieces of paper typography art by Russian designerYulia Brodskaya.

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Picture 7

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Who Killed Barack Obama?

Have you ever passed by a billboard without even knowing it's there?

Polish designer Peter Fuss guarantees that this won't happen to his billboards.

some of his billboards promote peace and love:

some tell a story:

he comments:

he jokes:

he satires:

Picture 1

he's the rare witty artist we haven't seen for a long time. so check out his website, and don't miss this ironical project that makes me laugh.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tip of the Day: To Designers

Poster designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Coralie Bickford-Smith is best recognized for her book cover designs for Penguin. Previously, I've blogged about Jen Wang's beautiful Penguin covers, and other great book cover arts. It's tricky, really, when I'm in Barnes&Noble, or Borders, or whatever book store, it's hard to know if I'm searching for my book, or simply browsing through the amazing book covers=)

The Beetle by Richard Marsh (I think this is my favourite cover) The Haunted Dolls' House by M. R. JamesThe Virgin of the Seven Daggers by Vernon Lee

The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson
The Lair of the White Worm by Bram StokerThe Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

The Spook House by Ambrose Bierce
The Dunwich Horror by H. P. LovecraftThe Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins

Madame Bovary by Gustave Falubert

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Spines of all 10 hardcovers

And really, really, you have to read this interview! (that is, if you are a young, aspiring designer)

Friday, December 12, 2008

update: Love, Beauty and Calligraphy

Allow me to begin by explaining why I haven't been able to blog for so long.

My work has been extremely demanding in the past month, and I'm applying for postgraduate study at Harvard University, which is taking up a consuming amount of time.

It is during times like this, I guess, that one truly learns the love of others. In the past few weeks, I have been moved so many times, by the kindness and patience of friends, professors, and colleagues. They let me know that no matter how bad things turn out (such as making a mistake on the birth date, causing the record be rejected by the schools), in the end, everything will be okay. They let me know that the small things that I did in the past, out of whim or pure curiosity, will pay off in an unexpected way. They let me know that I'm not without support and I'm not alone. They let me to gain the courage and confidence I did not possess. And they let me know what kind of person they think I am and therefore I could be.

I feel like during this process, I have grown, and I have learned.

I cannot be too grateful to my dear friends at the NGO in Bangladesh, who went through every trouble to send out a recommendation letter; I cannot be too grateful to my respected professor from UBC, who has the strongest faith in me, and committed so much time to help me in my humble pursuit; I cannot be too grateful to my friend and my coach from South Korea, who, contrary to his usual style, helped with my application materials with such meticulousness and precision; and of course, I cannot be too grateful to my close friends at BFSU, Harvard, Columbia, and Juilliard, whose advice I seek and whose support I count on.

No, it's not about Harvard. It's about my belief that love and beauty could save the world. "Beauty is truth, truth beauty". My desired study is in traditional Chinese and Japanese calligraphy. If you read Fujiwara Norinaga's teachings on calligraphy, Saiyosho, you'll find calligraphy is not just writing, not just an art, it's life, and how to live a life beautifully.

No. 39 Never write anything when you are tired.

No. 43 In your practice, do not give a thought to wealth or poverty... proceed carefully along the WAY of calligraphy.
-- translated by Gary DeCoker

by Shao Yan, Chinese contemporary calligrapher

by Ogawa Gaboku, Japanese contemporary calligrapher


yi (righteousness) by different Chinese calligraphers across 1200 years