Ash! in Tokyo

Here I am... in TOKYO! The purpose of my blog is to document my experience and to keep track of my "Neighborhood Narrative" project. It's going to be an experience for me. New York meets Tokyo!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

These are some more pictures of kyoto.

Sunday, June 11, 2006


I don't like the book. I printed out a rough draft and I think it is boring. I think that the pages before the collages are boring. i have two ideas for it. The second one is a bit more intriguing. But in all I think it's boring still. I was going to add a pattern in the back but I think it will be too much with the collage next to it. Another thing I have to consider is to have a border around the collage and have it centered in the middle of the page or whether I should have it bleed off the page. I think i'll have it centered. I want to get different paper too. I feel that it is too thick. I might get some epson. I think I'll have abby help me out witht he measurements for the printing because when I tested the printing it didn't come out right. Aaah this is so frustrating because I think it is boring. I'm starting to think that the other design would have been a little more interesting.

To Do List:
~Figure out an appropriate size for book
~Buy Epson paper; matte (semi shine, but not too distracting)
~Recreate the collage with the young woman "peaceful"
~Create a collage wit Yukiko ( needs one more page in the book)
~Create a cover that is amazing!
~Finish up the audio
~Create a pocket for the cd
~Buy red fabric for the red circles

On a better note, I like the introduction page. It's interesting but I feel that the cover needs to be a whole lot better before I could be at ease with the product.

Back to the drawing board!!!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


I'm overwhelmed with so much exciting life experiences. I'm loving it! Everything that comes at me I've been grabbing. Coming to Japan has defintely broaden my mindset with design. Even though I am not technically a graphic designer, this course is highly recommended for those who are as serious as I am in advertising. I was very nerous to come to this program only because of the work load and skills of others. I know that art school is a lot more demanding when it comes to work. I have a art background but the thing that made me the most worried was whether my work could compete with other students. I find that even though my work is not the best, everyone's style is so different, that my work meshs well with the program. I have put a lot into this project and my biggest expectation is that I produce something that looks professional. I haven't created anything so final(in producing my advertising) before but this class has eased my nerve when it comes to professionalizing my pieces. My expectations for the class were that it would be mind-numbingly challenging but in reality I found that I should give myself more credit. Abby has pushed me to make my book collages better. So far I feel that I am improving. The class critiques help a lot. I enjoy hearing what everyone likes and what can be improved in my works. Most of the time the comments made are related to a similar thoughts that I had had about the piece. They help me figure out problems that I oversee. Don't get me wrong, the work load is a little heavier than usual only because of the time limit. But I'm focused on my book the most. I'm on my grind!!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Project Process

So far my ideas have been pretty unestablished. I have many ideas, but they aren't flowing together right. We had a couple of critiques and I think I'm going to have to drop the idea of having the half pages. Abby said that it probably won't come out as interesting as it could. I beginning to agree with her because I'm making it too complicated and cluttered with ideas. I think I am going to keep it long but instead of having it vertical, I think I switch it to a horizontal book with spirals. I was think that it would still be a little plain. However, my collages are what caught peoples eyes. I have to montage the rest of my pictures. I think that I might add a few physical pieces to make the book more interesting. But I fear that the book won't loo as professional as it should. But we will see what happens after this week.