Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Try this kind smile!


Posted by Hello I love photography and Digital retouching and what better way to practice it but with my loved ones. This shot was taken by my wife on christmas vacation at Silang Cavite year 2004. Note that the background was converted into sepia and blurred a little to focus on me and my kid, kenneth. Making it sepia background also lessens the distraction of a busy background. Dont you just love going digital?!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

A Better Place to live

Around 8pm last night my sister sent me an SMS that there was a bombing on Ayala, Makati. Although she was unharmed, they were just a few hundred meters from the incident. People were running all over. She was also on a bus on her way home and some people who witnessed the incident also got on her bus on their way home. They were shocked to say the least, they were still reeling from the incident.

As a daily commuter, this is something to think, and maybe get scared, about. But I need to go to work and earn a living, so I just pray that the Lord protects me from harm. But we all need to contribute to our safety. What can we do?

Maybe we can ask the conductors to inspect the luggage just to lessen the threats. And since this blog is about Design Talk, I'm thinking of having metal detectors installed in the front doors of the bus. That way everyone gets to be inspected. And close the second doors of the bus permanently. Design can contribute to safety, in fact, luxury cars are designed for safety.

Maybe it's high time we ask for laws that make bus franchises think of designing for safety first before profit. It's the right thing to do, and the life we save maybe ours, or our loved ones. I definitely believe it's worth the try.

First day as blogger

My first day as blogger. All I can say is this will be a place for my thoughts as a graphic and web designer and everything that may contribute to good design. My journey as a designer started when I was a kid. I always wanted to design or draw. I may not be good at drawing (at least not as an illustrator) but I really want to design things.

Photoshop was my passport to web design. I got to be good at it and started dabbling on web design on my own. Of course today photoshop is just a tool to create web design but in those days (?) photoshop was half of the battle, so to speak. I was self taught but the web is really where the action is and the web alone can teach you anything you want, if you are really determined.

Let me end my first day as blogger by a quotation: "The great aim of education is not knoewledge but ACTION"