Graphics

Kokoro Dance

Kokoro dance

 

If Kokoro Dance is new to you, congratulations, one more absolutely amazing thing happened in your life and now it’s your turn to check it out. Vancouver classes in DT.

CLVR Just Some thoughts

Inspiration strikes most unexpectedly. I love it when it does and I hopeless feel that it’s not me who’s designing but it’s the graphics they want to be born. Anyways, keep on designing.

The CLVR

The CLVR

Icons

Green is the New Black

Green is the New Black

 

Love graphic design, and like someone once reminded me: once a designer, forever a designer.

Business Card, New Logo!

Finally Made it happen!

Finally Made it happen!

 

Finally, new logo with new business cards, gonna get them printed tomorrow! Any one knows a great printer in Richmond?

Tilt Cove

 

Great Park, Must Visit!

Great Park, TC reminded me how I like walking in the Burnaby Central Park.

Tilt Cove

 

When I first came to Canada in 2003, I didn’t know what to expect. I’d seen several films from Hollywood but never made any connections between Canada and the U.S. I had not even seen one photo of any Canadian landscape, let alone shots of its people and cities.

Growing up in a big city in China, I remember vividly about the nature disappearing in front of my eyes. Taller buildings get built, less trees blossom in the spring. More people are on the streets, slowly, the forest I used to play in disappeared into a parking lot, and old residences turned into shopping malls.

China is no doubt growing at an incredible speed. It’s like a cruel survival match where if you don’t win, you die. I miss the old days: when I had a place to listen to the wind and to observe the leaves putting on new colors for the next season. I sometimes feel so lucky to have been through an age where computers and Internet wasn’t a part of our lives, where happiness in life come from every little detail and everybody knows everyone around them.

While I can be as sentimental as I please, the reality is that we can’t go back in time, at least I can’t for the moment. I still appreciate Yahoo! News a great deal and that’s what got me started on this blog today. This image above does not do justice to Tilt Cove but I dare say beauty is not a concern for any of the seven people residing there – in the smallest town in Canada. Disappearing Small Towns in Canada is an interesting series ran by Yahoo! Canada and I recommend it to all who care about Canada.

Isn’t it ironic? Most of us are trying to make it big in the super cities, Vancouver, Toronto, New York or whichever city people find exciting while people in small towns live a completely different kind of life. It’s the same kind of desire – wanting to have a better life. But is life really that much better in big cities? Is computer and Internet making us better people? Are we more selfish or open? Polite or rude? Good or evil? Sadly, I don’t have an answer and I might not care about the answer.

The entrepreneurial blood in me want to solve Tilt Cove’s problem, but my mind tells me otherwise: it’s the side effect that comes with evolution. More people reside on Earth than ever and it’s just a fierce competition anywhere you go. In China, workers migrant from rural areas to big cities like Shanghai and Beijing. In Canada, people relocate to Vancouver, Montreal or Toronto to make a living. The age of  migration have arrived. People are shipping themselves to wherever they can live a better life and who can blame them for that?

However, I do not wish to see towns disappear in Canada. Aren’t we suppose to favor uniqueness more than uniformity. If everyone lives a similar life style, wouldn’t we become more boring as we go along in the history of evolution. People are being trained to survive fierce competitions but why can’t people be peaceful, be different and open-minded about differences? Wouldn’t this help human beings understand and appreciate each other better?

Like I said, I do not have an answer. But I’m glad enough to announce that I am not afraid of being different and I will remain clam in whatever I do. Life can be a speed race, but not for me. Details and value matters. People matter. There are people I truly care about and want to make myself available for wherever I go. Maybe some days I’ll become a mayor for a small town and stand by my choice! Life can be so unpredictable and may we all find inner peace in ourselves, keep good values and adapt to changes as we grow.

 

The 2012 Beijinger Reader Restaurant Awards

As the most popular section of  The Beijinger, Dining is a big deal. Compare to other section editors, dining editors are the busiest and are often victims of rapid weight gain. I have worked with two dinning editors in the course of my employment with True Run Media and I feel very lucky. They are both so professional and talented. I wish some days we can work together again. Now getting back to the making of this incredible cover.

For the TBJ Reader Restaurant Awards (from now on referred as RRA) which happens in March every year, restaurants are 100% voted by readers. Questionnaires  are so detailed that it requires at least 20 minutes of participation. I did it two times and I have to say if I wasn’t working for the magazine, I might not have the strength to finish it. Data is gathered quickly afterwards and winners are announced on the blogs first. Following the big ceremony (Victoria, our marketing manager is always drunk by the end) is the making of the April RRA issue.

Trust me, when you work for a magazine, you dine out a lot and as a result you get more picky about food. Although I have my favorites, I’m already ready for new experiences. I would often join our editors for dinner in new restaurants and taste food there without revealing who we are – undercover dinning. We don’t lie about food, not even for a client. In a city like Beijing where people really fight to survive, great restaurants simply keep getting better and bad ones fade out of people’s memory in no time. Being able to participate in two RRAs, I was very fortunate. Miss the days working with Marilyn and Iain. Such open-minded people, gentle and kind.

We could have Photoshop a logo onto the cropping board photo, but like what I learned in design school, it’s always better when you can make the real thing. That’s why I’m presenting the footage here, it feels like such a simple process now, I still remember at the time I was amazed by technology and what it’s capable of offering. Enjoy the issue simply by clicked on itlic font in line one.

Dining awards 2012

 

Recruiting Fine Dining Partner

Recruiting Fine Dining Partner

Dining awards 2012

2012 TBJ Reader Restaurant Awards from max wu on Vimeo.

More on the Wedding

First of all, it’s not my wedding and I don’t resemble either of these gorgeous people here. It started from a small favor, a wedding monogram. I like to be a part of friend’s life and I am very happy to be a part of their wedding. Due to my constant migration, it’s hard to maintain great friendship and that’s why I’m finally deciding to settle down, probably in Vancouver.

2013 is a big year for me. My professional career took turns and I’ve experienced great pain leaving a team I adore, wait, technically it started with people leaving the team due to pregnancy and relocation. Of course, there are other factors, but I feel sad to part ways with people I work very well with. Some co-workers refer me as the Super Nanny instead of an assistant, and of course the title continued when I was promoted to editor. Well, I like taking care of things and I don’t mind the title.

What also happened in 2013 is two of the greatest couple I know got engaged and one of them already got married here in Vancouver. I feel so happy for them. My long-term roommate and her husband were just great people with big hearts. That’s why I really wanted to make this animation right. That’s why I am turning to Final Cut Pro X for help. Such a wonder program, love it! I think most people would agree with me, it is simply hard to stop playing with it. Congrats, again!

There and Ben

Theresa and Ben

Video link here: http://vimeo.com/75190355

Logo for the Chen’s

 

 

I love making logos and it's hard to stop.

I love making logos and it’s hard to stop.

Recently I’ve been asked to make a couple of logos. While this one is my favorite, it wasn’t the lucky one that got chosen. Very good opportunity to get back to what I love to do. A short video to follow, stay tuned. In the mean while, I’m stressed about looking for job in Vancouver. I can do just about anything entry level but I don’t want to just do anything for a living. I want to make a difference and I have to admit the stress give me more incentive to land a better job. If I say I can’t then the day is over for me. That’s why I’ve always believed in myself.  I have always been conscious about my goal and while employers look at my resume which hardly tell me anything about me personal, I remain indifferent until I meet their team and see for myself if there’s the right chemistry.

For Ming and Mo, the happy Chen's

There’s a story behind this logo, of course. The above logo is the one chosen for the wedding. I don’t know why they chose it, but I’m glad they are happy with it. I have to admin seeing the video you made at a wedding with people looking at it is a very different experience than making it and enjoy it at home.

It’s interesting when friends would come to me for graphic help when they are not my “clients”. Working on anything for a friend is equally challenging, if not more than for a client you’ve met only once. More emotions involved though, that makes creating a good piece of work more pressuring for sure.

Once you’ve got a reputation of working with good energy and efficiency, you are pretty much building up a lot of expectations. People expect you’ll get the job done and I’d like to be trusted as a friend or coworker. I don’t live for others but with them.

 

Wedding short from max wu on Vimeo.

Where are You Going?

 

I'd like to visit someday.

I’d like to visit someday.



I ask myself that, from time to time. Where are you going? What do you want to do? I’ve been studying, trying, working, changing, moving. Everything one can say about being unstable and somehow manage to make a whole person out of a lot of chaos. I think it isn’t going to be far, the days to settle down and call some place home.

 

Engels

I am deeply entertained by animals when they look like this. This somehow brings out the cutest side of a dog (or cat) for me. This illustration doesn’t do justice to this cutie, but I was forced to get up this morning at 5am, thanks guys, as neighbors you guys are the best alarm clocks. Oh, it’s Sunday, how sweet!

 

What Kind of Dog is This!

What Kind of Dog is This!

 

I don't have a first name.

 

Iain

Iain Shaw

Iain Shaw

 

Iain – a human robot in the most wonderful way possible.

Adventure is Here to Take You Away

Hello, fresh air! A trip to Changbai Mountains. Great trip and was fortunate enough to witness snow in April. I sometimes wish I have more chances to just enjoy nature and all of its blessings. Well, winter is far away for people in Beijing. They are enjoying their summer patios, BBQ stands, beer, chuan’r and more. This place reminds me Canada a great deal. The plants and mountains are similar, people hunt and eat wild animals … which I think it’s a little scary for me. Recommend everyone who’s tired of urban life come here for a change. Vacation time is always so short compare to work. Relax, rest and be ready to run at full speed again!

I Love Vector

I Love Vector

Safari

Good Day

Good Day

The joy of simple graphics, need more practice and will keep practicing.

 

New Logo

New Logo

New Logo

Inspiration: Mk 12’s new logo for their summer reel, I guess I watched Transformers recently so it came out like this … anyways, happy about it, three hours … felt like three min. Love to design!

Dream: if I can make a living being a gardener, I really will. I want to be with nature most of the time and do design in my spare time. It’s just how I feel about our modern life style, is it necessarily better than the days of working in the field. Human beings are chained to their desks forced by themselves to use mobile phones, computers, the Internet. In my opinion, this is changing the way human beings live their lives mentally and physically. The impact is not yet shown but I assume right now most people consider working in an office a great career? Whatever happened to just interact with people, walk them home or drink coffee in a park … Everyone is in a hurry, rushing their journey to the end, passing by the beautiful nature and we feel nothing no more … I think it’s sad, but can I escape? Probably not, and that’s when positive thoughts like “well, I’ll just make the best of what I’ve got now” come in!