My Own Graphic

February 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm (Design, School, When in South Africa) (, , , )

So this time i’m inviting you to view some of my original work.

This is part of the result of last weeks project. The task was to go to a place, and in five drawing capture the essence of that place and the emotions that it creates in you. Then, make 5 drawings using opposite techniques. I’m only showing you the pictures i’m somewhat proud of, and none of the opposites.

The inside of the little booklet i made, showing both of the Free Thought image version.

The inside of the little booklet i made, showing both of the Free Thought image version.

The cover and binding i used to put the booklet together. Yes, it's a six pack of Heineken.

The cover and binding i used to put the booklet together. Yes, it's a six pack of Heineken.

) I'm quite content how it turned out.

My first ever image in colour, not counting what i did in kindergarten as a kid 🙂 I'm quite content how it turned out.

A drawing i inverted and imposed on a photograph of a pool table.

A drawing i inverted and imposed on a photograph of a pool table.

It's a precise version of the shack logo.

It's a precise version of the shack logo.

An image i drew using a ligh board, then cut out and pasted on a pamplet i found at the place... the little table there was first drawn and then edited in photoshop.

An image i drew using a ligh board, then cut out and pasted on a pamplet i found at the place... the little table there was first drawn and then edited in photoshop.

I’m quite tired now after a long day, so that’s all for now.

But please leave comments and motivations to do more work/posts 🙂 Hope you enjoyed it.

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Bag and Shoe of happiness

January 31, 2009 at 1:33 pm (Personal Blog, School, When in South Africa)

So the first week of school is over. My class is nice, they’ve accepted me after the first day. I still haven’t got any contacts tho, so this weekend will be spent alone, again. But i get a feeling this is the last time.

I desperately need a means of transport to become more independent. I was hoping to get a scooter this weekend, but the guy i’m buying from seems to be away just this weekend so i will most likely get on on monday, i hope. Otherwise there is a girl in class who is selling her old one, but the resell value on that one isn’t as high, so i aiming for the other one. It’s a Yamaha BWS 100. The BWS stands for Big Wheel Scooter, which apparently makes it an off road scooter. Ever heard of anything like that? 100 stands for 100cc, which is the size of the engine, but even despite that Johan assures me it’s the best possible scooter to get, and since i don’t know squat about those and i can’t get a vespa, i’ll trust him.

The first week of school was pretty intense. I worked from 9 to 20 every day, and was done by Thursday afternoon with only printing left for friday. Unfortunately everything took a lot more time as usual, and i help out Suzanna with her project a bit too, so i ended up at home around 15, just before the heavy traffic hit. I really need my own transport.

The result of my first week at CPUT and a small miniature showing the backside.

The result of my first week at CPUT and a small miniature showing the backside.

In other news, my favourite sneakers broke. It’s a pair i bought when i was last in Vienna, since i couldn’t find a pair i like at home. I exchanged the shoelaces from the original black ones to red before i came here, so its a very personal pair of sneakers to me. All the more annoying that they broke.

Original Shoe

But, very unusually for me i decided to fix them myself. This course of action is probably inspired by the book Bohemian Manifesto which i am (still) reading. I could have given them to a shoemaker for repairs, or even worse thrown them out and gotten and new pair. But they weren’t all that badly broken, all that happened was that one seam broke on the outer side of the shoe, so it wasn’t really a hole, just a minor cosmetically rip.

With some determination i took a sewers kit and a red thread, and i sow up the rip myself. I’m actually pretty proud of myself. The new seam is very visible, and adds another nuance of red to the shoe, and a whole lot of personality. It feels incredibly good to do something practical with your hands, without any prior knowledge or training or help.

The new seam in my shoes

The new seam in my shoes

It’s incredible how good a rip in your shoe can make you feel.

PS. sorry for the crappy quality of the pictures recently, i’ve been using my new camera -.-

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Living away from home

January 24, 2009 at 2:04 pm (Design, Personal Blog, School, When in South Africa) (, , , )

Heja

So things have been happening at the University. Next week is the first week of school for normal South African students. The first years have an orientation week, but everyone else just continues their education as normal. Not sure how this is going to work out for me, as it’s becoming more and more obvious that the university here hasn’t really got a plan for receiving Masters students. So people are unsure how it is supposed to work and preferably it would be nice if someone else took care of that problem for them. I’ll be there Monday morning, but i ‘m still not sure what will happen. I would love to do my own projects, got at least 2 proposals.

This is a picture specialy for Ahrens. Check description.

This is a picture specialy for Ahrens. Check description.

I have started moving my blog to my private domain. You can look at its start here, but it’s just an empty page now. Depending on what happens in school, i will be working on creating my own CSS and some custom features. I hope it’s easier than i think it is, but understanding someone else’s code is never simple. My goal is to have a couple custom made CSS you can choose from and exploring the blog in terms of usability.

Since i moved here, the cultural differences have been creeping up on me slowly. I really love how the generally mentality of the people is. They are all really friendly and eager to meet a new face. One major difference i’ve noticed is eating at home. Not many people do it. There’s no point. It takes time and effort, and is likely to be more expensive than eating out. So very few people cook at home, and they do it mostly for pleasure. It made me realize, the the way of life i had been taught at home, doesn’t have to apply. ‘The proper way’ of doing things is just a way i’ve been taught because of local reason, cultural or habitual. Interesting.

If you peel all of that away from me, i wonder what would be left?

*lick*

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Postponing

January 20, 2009 at 8:25 pm (Personal Blog, School, When in South Africa) (, , , , , , , )

Heya

I’m working on a bigger post expaining the majority of my move here, but it’s so big it’s taking time and effort. For now i have a little treat for you.

I’m finaly moved and settled in with Johan, one of the professors at my school. I got my very own room here, and it’s a totaly awsome appartment. Johan is an amazing and intrigueging guy (avoiding the word interesting here), and i hope to learn more about him and from him during my stay here.

I’ve also found out more about how school works. Apparently masters student are much more valued here. I don’t really have the same possition as most students. I’m even able to propose a project which i can do as part of my education. I think i will do the GVC website that way, it’s a wonderfull opportunity to work with a user group that needs my work.

Oh and about the appartment again. It’s got really good internet, by a wireless modem! And i don’t mean that it sends a WLAN around, it acctually gets the internet via 3G. Amazingly good speed. Johan chose to do it this way because he  refuses to use land lines, that are owned by Evil Corporation. That means i have decent internet.

So here’s a treat for you.  I would edit it but for some reason i don’t have Movie Maker 😦 Does any one know a good alternative?

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Not every day

April 26, 2008 at 12:03 pm (Personal Blog, School)

Allright so i think i’ve proved that i simply can’t write one post a day even with the best of intentions and good motivation 🙂 Maybe if i had a stable job, at a desk, with some downtime every day , or maybe it it was summer, or simply my life wasn’t like cigarette smoke going through a fan (metaphor, people). To explain how my life looks right now, i’ll briefly describe my last two days…

On Thursday i worked from 10 to 14 with Pyregrass, then i had to go in to Malmö för a job interview, and work from 17 to 20, came home at 21, basically fell asleep. On Friday i was at school working with pyregrass from 10 to 16.45. As soon as i came home i had the washroom booked, then i went to buy some groceries with Toste, and alter on we made dinner and hung out the rest of the evening… Now is basically the first time since thrusday that i’m spending some ‘recreational’ time in front of the computer.

Martina came to visit from America yesterday. Still haven’t talked to her besides some hectic messages over msn while i was working, but apparently there’s lots of people coming over tonight and she will be there too… It’s a weird mix of knowing that i should not hang out and being happy that she’s back. I how she will treat me this time around. I wasn’t particularly happy about our interaction since the break up, but hey, that’s very easy to understand.

To be honest all i want to do tonight is to.. sleep extra much. Rest. I deserve rest. I’d also like to play more World ends with you… there’s 350 pins in that game to collect, some evolve from other… isn’t that more than there were pokemon in the first game? Anyway, unfortunately for me i’m a ‘good chap’, so i bought a bottle of wine and probably going to socialise with people anyway….

I’ve been listening to Tanacious D quite a lot recently, especially Tribute and The Metal. Those songs have some sort of energy which i can channel to keep me going … i really need it 🙂 I have i soft spot for music that just makes you want to do things, you know? Music for the body, music for the soul….

Incidentally, it took me 2 hours to write this post. Not because i’ve put soo much time into it, or that i’m this slow. Simply distractions, like chatting with Sara for example… I think i’ll end this now tho 🙂 But you know what would be great, if people acctualy comment a little bit on my posts 🙂 That would be a great and greatly needed kick of energy 🙂

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Day or Relevation

April 23, 2008 at 8:36 pm (Design, Personal Blog, School)

Do you ever have one of those moments, when something becomes crystal clear, and you literally feel like you have gained some deeper level of understanding.

Me and Cia were having a meeting with our adviser today, and afterwards we started discussing how the project went, what conclusion from it we can draw and so on… And we did a really good job, a brilliant job. We both felt like we missed doing this, what we are supposed to do. Design. Let the creativity flow. I’m not saying we shouldn’t have sat in that cellar and tried our best our game, but it was today that we have received satisfaction from it, being able to sit down, analyze and discuss that time.

We also looked back on what we did back in our first year, who we were. We’re so drastically different people. Dear gods would the project have been a complete and utter failure if we attempted in during our first year… And now not only have we’ve managed some degree of sauces, but also managed something beyond our expectations – To give the game that something special, that spark that makes it fun.

Reminiscing made me realize what our school does to you, how it works. It does make you remember lots of methods and doctrines, and give you practical experience and support to grow… but that’s not the main thing. It changes you as a person, makes you develop, grow, become someone. I can, with being honest to myself and understanding what it means, stand tall and proud and say that I’ve become a designer. Quite a good one, now, too.

Besides the epicness 😛 It was nice to sit at school a bit, and see the people, and have one of those moments when it feel that what you are doing feels absolutely right, and make a lot of notes that will lead us thru the darkness of final paper writing…

I think I’ll end this post. I could, as all ways , write more, but i think the point is made. I’ll keep the rest for later ^^

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Sabina

April 21, 2008 at 9:57 pm (Personal Blog, School)

Hello gang. Going to keep it short today.

My friend Sabina complained that i didn’t write about her at all in my blog when i asked her to read it, so i’m gonna smear all about her today 😛

Sabina

Sabina and i met at my work, the Malmö University Helpdesk. During the first weeks we help photograph and manufactur student id cards and some such, so we spent a lot of time talking, and became friends i guess. She likes Lost, and spent some time living her life in Hawaii, where i think her boyfriend is right now. Not to worry, they will soon be reunited at Sabina just finished her teachers education. Come to think of it, i don’t know what she’s going to teach. Or where she’s from. I’m a bad friend :((

I like her because i can really talk to her, at least in peson, and there’s very few people who you can genuinely talk to. Even if we talk about stuff i talk about often, she often has a different take on things. We don’t hang out all all tho, so i guess we are work coleques 🙂 Or whatever.

So that’s about it.

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Rebooting

April 20, 2008 at 11:06 am (Computer Games, Personal Blog, School)

All right, I’m sorry I haven’t updated in a long time. I don’t really have a proper excuse; all I can say is that it wasn’t deliberate. I can only hope that some of you still check this page every now and then and will notice my efforts to start posting regularly again, because I do want that, and I am going to try.

Why? As the end of my education is coming closer with big steps, I’ve applied to my dream job as a game designer at Massive Entertainment. And they called me up for a phone interview, showing some degree of interest in hiring me J Yes, I did a little dance when I found out. They also requested that I hand in two short papers to show off my skills in design and the English language…

Writing them made me notice how really rusty I’ve become with writing, so no I have some real motivation to keep this blog updated J It’s a win-win situation, you get to read as good post as I can make then, and I get more practice at writing J I’m thinking about starting writing reviews here as well. I consume a lot of media, so I don’t lack source material or opinions… I don’t promise anything yet, but it’s a possibility J

Since I haven’t updated in a couple of months it would feel natural to try to update you on what has been happening in my life, but I won’t even try as it’s impossible and would most likely not be a very interesting text. The only two things I will say about the time since my last update is that my bachelor’s project is eating my life, and that I’ve been sick with chicken pox. Yes, that thing you get when you are a kid (if you’re lucky). It knocked me out cold for two weeks. The boils and scars made me feel the most unattractive I’ve ever felt, but there’s barely any left. To see it from a positive angle, it gave me a lot of motivation to take better care of my body. Swimming, gym and sunbathing here I come!

To tell you a little bit about what’s happening now. The first draft of my bachelors thesis is due on the 3rd of may, so I have my hands full right now with finishing the prototype and writing the papper. After that a month of all sorts of dead line follows, so it’s probably going to be very hectic. I think me and Cia did a good job, so I’m not really worried.

Another thing I want to write about is a game I am currently playing on my NDS, called “The World Ends with you”. It’s an innovative RPG like game that mixes the story and characters the like of a Final Fantasy game (after all it is made by Square Enix) and addictiveness and collection elements of Pokemon. Add absolutely unique controls utilizing the stylus to perform attacks, wonderful music and graffiti-like graphics, and you get a game that has me captivated more than any game has in a long time. Seriously, I don’t think I will be interested in playing anything else until this game runs out of content, and even then I might replay it to try out all the pins I missed the first time around. I’m not going to write about how it works and so on, because you might as well read about that in a professional game review, I’m keeping this space personal, for my opinions only J

This post is long enough, so I think I will bid you farewell for now. If you have a NDS, I will be very disappointed in you if you don’t try “The World Ends with you”. Cousken out.

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It’s been a while

January 31, 2008 at 11:01 pm (Computer Games, Design, Personal Blog, School)

Hi everyone!

It has been a while since i wrote anything, because i’m actually very busy IRL, and when i get a free moment, i don’t really think about updating my blog. Well right now i feel the need to ventilate, and that’s when my blog feels handy.

If you are wondering what i’m so busy with, well… 4 main things and one side thing. The biggest of them all is my Bachelors Project, the so called ‘examens arbete’. That takes about 10 hours of my time every week day, or less. I am working with Cia on a community developed digital game, which we hope will adress the problems that we think exist with todays playtesting session in mainstream game development companies. My personal interest in the project, which we have to have and it has to be different from the main problem of the project, is making decisions in a community driven design. We acctualy have a pretty good site, blog, and forum up for the project, but i can’t link to them yet as we haven’t ‘gone official’ with it. I will as soon as we have, which i hope is soon.

The next big thing is continueing my Digital Storytelling final project, which is the Pappas Orgel… It’s a musical instrument that alows you to play samples of music and videos in a very simple way… It’s not so impressive when i describe it, but it’s been a big hit at the locals clubs and with the people we’ve talked to… there will probably be a very good site about it up on the net in the comming months, or at least a Flash game that lets you play on it, so i won’t go into the details. I presented it today together with it’s main creator, Tobias Lilja, to a group of reserachers. All of them loved it, and amongs them was Pelle Ehn, one of the fathers to participatory design… i’m so…. i just lack to word to descirbe how i feel by impressing such a great man. Most of the credit goes to Tobias, tho ^^

The third big thing is hardly worthy mentioning, it’s simply my job. That’s the place i go to to make money. It’s acctualy very boring , but the pay is good, and i can work whenever i want to, so it’s okay… It takes time tho. I… really can’t come up with anything more to say about it.

The 4th but none the less importan thing is Beeing Myself. It’s what Swedish people call having some time for yourself to relax and enjoy life. Because when you are running around working, you seldom have the time to appriciate life. So i take some time every day to see something nice, do someting fun, or go somplace interesting, or just… be myself, do whatever i feel like. Right now i have very little time for beeing myself, but i don’t mind as i have had a lot of time to do that before. It feels nice to be productive.

The side thing is a roleplaying game i’m going to be the Story Teller for. Story Teller is the World of Darkness name for a DM, Dungeon Master. I can’t say all that much about it, because i don’t want to spoil it for the players. It will be a colaborative effort with my friend Michael Eringsmark, and we will really put a lot of effort into it. I have led some very good campains before, so i have very big expectations of myself on this one, i want it to be my best, and perhaps, final roleplay… Anyway, it will be set in a post apocaliptical world, with much inspiration taken from polish books, ‘Where once sang a bird’ by Kate Wilhelm, and Fallout games. The players will be Vault dwellers, if you know what i mean.

And that’s the reasons i haven’t been feeling like updating untill now. The reason i felt like doing it, is because… I was feeling very happy, and i realized i don’t have anyone to share it with. Of course, that’s not true, but at the point i thought about it, everyone i could talk to was either asleep or unavailible in some other way. I’ve pushed so many people away, and so many people scared me away, it’s not fun to think of that at all… I really have to rething my social strategy… I wonder if i’m still a nice guy at all? There’s so many factors that could affect it….. *mumbles* 6 months *mumbles*

Well… that’s…. a bit of what i want to say 😛 For now, it’s too much anyway. I hope anyone acctualy is interested enough in this to read it. See you next time ^^

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Remix of mymyheyhey’s Blog

December 9, 2007 at 4:40 pm (Digital Storytelling, School)

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Hello

Another assigment from school knocked on my door. I’m not much of a Vjay but i tried my best.

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