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Modern Design at the Marina Barrage

Published on June 28, 2010 / Travel

Marina Barrage

I recently spent some time in the impeccably clean country of Singapore. One of the key places of interest during my visit was the Marina Barrage, a dam that separates the Marina Reservoir from the sea. The Barrage provides Singapore with fresh sustainable water, flood control, and a lifestyle attraction.

Exhibiting high-end modern design, the Visitor Centre here offers an immersive tour of how the Barrage works, its history, and amazing facts. The designs are accompanied with cutting-edge technology, including transparent video screens and design-your-own-postcard kiosks. Here are some shots of the tour.

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Top 5 Christmas Shopping Sites for Designers

Published on November 24, 2009 / Products


Whether you enjoy Christmas shopping or not, gift-giving is a way to show your sense of creativity and imagination to others. It can articulate who you are and who a gift’s recipient is. Featured in this post are five hand-picked websites that have been a great help to me in finding the right gifts for others while expressing myself as a designer during the holiday season.

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The Impact of Creative Ads on Climate Change

Published on October 15, 2009 / News


Today is Blog Action Day, an annual event uniting bloggers throughout the world in posting about the same issue on the same day. The issue of this year’s event is Climate Change.

I recently came across a creative ad campaign produced by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Their ads depict likable animals, in disastrous conditions caused by human activity, and push a clear message: help stop global warming. But is it safe to assume that simply acting on this message will save the planet from a global climate crises, or do these ads erroneously target human activity as the root cause of climate change?

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How Doing Free Stuff Can Increase Traffic and Attract Clients

Published on September 20, 2009 / Freelance


“Do cool free stuff that doesn’t make you any money. It will totally grow your brand and get you clients” said Jeffrey Zeldman, founder of Happy Cog Studios, in a July .net interview. When reading this statement, a past experience resonated in my mind.

I am a frequent user of iGoogle, a customizable web portal, using it as means of organizing my workday. Over a year ago, I saw an opportunity to enhance the look of iGoogle by creating a custom theme design, one that would provide a visually-relaxing user-experience and enable a smooth transition through a stressful workday. So my theme Phantasea was born. I continued experimentation and created Phantasea Renewal, an upgrade from my previous theme, and put many uncompensated hours into theme creation.

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Breaking Designer's Block by Setting Your Ambiance

Published on August 21, 2009 / Design Guides


It’s a late night at work and you’ve spent hours sifting though a series of online galleries hoping to land on the right source of inspiration for a new design. Your deadline is tight and your mind is flustered. Every concept you attempt to bring to life dies off prematurely in failure. You fall deeper into a problematic state as your frustrations grow stronger…

This scenario isn’t too uncommon for a designer of any medium. Designer’s block is an ugly and hindering condition that prolongs the conception stage of design. So what preparation can a designer take to avoid or limit this barrier and enable a seamless flow of ideas? The first step is to reset.

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