Note: this post is a follow-up of a pre­vi­ous post of mine enti­tled, Work­load.

If you didn’t bother, or did not read my pre­vi­ous post, I’ll just give you a recap of what had hap­pened. In brief, I was the Head of Graph­ics of the school mag­a­zine, Semekar. Things hap­pened and I did not get any chance to work on any of the graph­ics in the mag­a­zine. As a result, all the graph­i­cal work was done by our Mr. James with his excel­lent taste in which every­one in the mag­a­zine com­mit­tee agreed. Strug­gling to keep Mr. James from tar­nish­ing my name as the Head of Graph­ics and partly fuelled by my care for the school’s image, I offered to redo the cover designs for his own designs were hideous.

So, as I stated in the pre­vi­ous post, he agreed to con­sider a few more pro­pos­als and so I hap­pily headed home and tried cook up some­thing. This is what I have been look­ing for­ward for quite some time, being involved in design­ing a cover of a mag­a­zine and in this case, my school’s annual mag­a­zine. What I am often look­ing for is that feel­ing of look­ing at your own pub­lished work know­ing that every­one else would be look­ing at it too, if not admir­ing it.

In the same way where I was involved in design­ing a poster for a gui­tar work­shop orga­nized by my uncle’s gui­tar com­pany. A lot of hard work was put into it until it finally went to the print­ers. I would never for­get that day when I walked up to my uncle’s gui­tar shop in KL and saw that very poster I was work­ing on all month, pasted up majes­ti­cally on the glass door in view for the pub­lic. The posters were dis­trib­uted city wide to schools and insti­tu­tions in KL. Imag­ine the amount of peo­ple who saw it and that, means a lot to me.

No, it’s not the credit, it’s not the fame. For I didn’t slap on my name on the poster and sat on my plush leather seat in my office wait­ing for poten­tial cus­tomers the next day. It’s about self-satisfaction. In the case of my school mag­a­zine though, another fac­tor came into play — that is, to improve my school’s image. To cater to those who judge a book by it’s cover, in the lit­eral sense of that expres­sion. I mean, we need to have an attrac­tive cover for a mag­a­zine that shouts out to poten­tial read­ers to pick it up and flip through it’s pages, right? And for such an under­dog school like SMK JA, the more we need to stand out.

Alright, I’m not say­ing that my work would surely appeal to all read­ers. I’m only say­ing all this because I’ve seen and heard com­ments, good ones, about my work.

So, I headed home and started on it. It wasn’t easy. I spent three nights, work­ing till 1am in the morn­ing, glued to the com­puter, fuelled by cook­ies and iced choco­late drinks. And I must say, they turned out pretty good. Con­fi­dent and all, I pre­sented my pro­pos­als first, to my peers. I wanted feed­back from the stu­dents them­selves, for they are the major­ity of the read­ers. For­tu­nately, the feed­back was pos­i­tive, extremely pos­i­tive, I say. Wuahaha!

Then, it was time to present my pro­pos­als to the big boss, Mr. James. And guess what, it was a-huge-failure. He plugged in my handy drive into his buggy com­puter while I remem­bered won­der­ing how many viruses could have been trans­ferred into it that very moment.

Casu­ally, he clicked through all my pro­pos­als with­out a word and reached the end of the stack in less than 2 min­utes before he pro­ceeded to unplug the handy drive. Blurt­ing out, ‘Hm, okay. Try to make some more designs. I’ll make some too, then we’ll see who’s bet­ter’. Frown­ing, I told him that I wouldn’t have any more time to do more — you know, exams. I guess what I said would have been a relief to him when he replied ‘Oh, nev­er­mind then.’ and that was it, three nights of hard work down the sewer, rejected flat-out.

Bum­mer. It was since that very moment I swore to give up every attach­ment to the school mag­a­zine and decided to curse for it’s fail­ure so that Mr. James would go down hard. But seri­ously, I didn’t lay any fin­ger on it at all after that episode and until now I don’t know the sta­tus of the mag­a­zine. SPM’s over and it’s still nowhere in sight. My only guess is that they didn’t make it to print­ing before the term ended. Not supris­ing though, ‘cos every­thing was in a huge mess when I left the committee.

But oh well, it’s their prob­lem now, isn’t it? If you think you can do every­thing by your­self with­out an open mind, by all means, you’re on your own. We’ll see how far can you go with that!

Gee, I really didn’t meant for this post to be this long. I really just wanted to show what our school mag­a­zine would have looked like. Well then, I’ll just get to the point. Since these pro­pos­als wont appear in any mag­a­zine any­time soon, I thought I could just share them here for the masses. So with­out fur­ther ado, the pro­pos­als with it’s vari­a­tions in six ver­sions, proudly pro­duced in Adobe Photoshop:

V1: Sim­plic­ity

This one was based on my sim­plic­ity set of wall­pa­pers I did some time ago. Minimalistic.

V2: Grungy

Inspired by the colours of the Brazil­lian flag. FIFA World Cup, any­one? Did any­one realise though, that our school logo bears that exact same colour scheme? Go fig­ure. The two stripes in the mid­dle sort of cre­ates the effect of being painted on by a roller. And it has a grungy (dirty) effect so those black spots and stuff are entirely intended.

V3: Photo

Noth­ing much, just a photo I took of our school block with a cou­ple of bars and lines and uh, the title of course.

V4: Fan­tasy

Girls would like this. Just for fun though.

V5: Notepad

A draw­ing pad design with photos.

V6: Grids

Tech-styled good­ness. Themed green to match the school’s logo. Proved itself as a promis­ing design among the rest.

Don’t keep up your hopes every­one, peo­ple whom I had shown my pro­pos­als to had pressed me to sub­mit them. But unfor­tu­nately, these designs won’t make it. Mr James and Pn Polin were pretty deter­mined in keep­ing Mr. James’ own design. So look out for it, if this year’s Semekar even comes out.

by shenghan in Life, School on 11th December, 2006 at 10pm, Monday, December 11th, 2006 10:48 pm GMT +8

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  1. May said

    Sheng Han, you have a gift for design­ing!
    I’m sooou gonna kill James Eddie (vir­tu­ally speak­ing) for not accept­ing your proposals.