Design Day Term One

Design term has started again, which means I will again be embarking on a month-long project following the four stages of the design cycle — this time I will be creating an artificial heart valve and presenting it to students in grade seven. As per tradition, design day kicks off the project with a series of activities designed to 'tune us in', to borrow a few words from the PYP inquiry cycle. Embedded below is a video reflection of my key takeaways from today's activities, which included a series of brainstorming activities and…Read more …

My Best Digital Work This Year

Since I am a photography enthusiast, my best digital work(s) are the digital photos that I've taken this year. Here I will showcase a few that I am really proud of: Overlooking Chiang Mai Province, Thailand An Ant's View in Kenting, Taiwan Night Reflection in Cologne, Germany I would love to continue photographing, as I believe it is one of the most extraordinary digital art forms out there. I take pride in my photos and they represent the best digital work that I've produced. Using composition, framing, knowledge, and editing skills, I was…Read more …

Living Heritage: Western Market

It is the year 1906. A thunderstorm is happening, and a boy reaches out and touches the redbrick of Western Market. He suddenly realises his magic powers, and now the year is 2014. It is no longer raining. Astonished by the changes, he decides to explore. Western Market is a piece of living heritage and the built environment here reflects the culture of the place. Living Heritage: Western Market from Jesse W on Vimeo. Please help evaluate the effectiveness of our doucmentary by kindly filling in this survey. It should only take around…Read more …

Judge a Book By Its Cover: Final Book Jacket

Hello. For our MYP design project, we were asked to create a book jacket for a certain book. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but unfortunately that is not necessarily the case. At a bookstore, different audiences are interested by different covers and the design elements included in those covers are crucial to a book's success, regardless of the content. It is a natural instinct for us to be interested in something that appeals at first sight. Taking on the role of a designer, I have followed the design…Read more …

Judge a Book By Its Cover: Design Mock-ups

Recently, we have been assigned a task - to design a book cover. Not an easy task. Designers must go through many steps in order to be successful, and one of those steps is what I like to call "Trial and Error". Designers spend a long time putting different ideas to paper, but due to time constraints, I will only share two of my mock-ups today. I would like your feedback on these two mock-ups. They are completely different ideas. However, keep in mind that my target audience are Grade 5 students. Do…Read more …

Autobiography Book Jacket: MYP Design Day

This is my autobiography book jacket - a piece of digital work that shows my capabilities in the digital world. I would like to invite you, the reader, to comment on this piece of work. What did you like about it? I wish_____? What if ___? I didn't anticipate a lot of things, since all this was quite sudden to me during the middle of session three. After I arrived, I just asked my friends what to do and got to work. I don't know a lot about the design cycle yet, since…Read more …

Judge a Book by Its Cover: MYP Design Day

Although I missed the first three sessions, I'm still going to write all the reflections to show that I am still putting effort into my work. I really didn't do anything in the first session since I was absent. However, I would like to share my views on judging a book by its cover - and why designing is important. Although they say to not judge a book by its cover, the fact that people still do is undeniable. This makes designing covers crucial to a book's success - a popular book should…Read more …