Digital Lantern Project

Respecting the Chinese culture and creating a lantern is important for the Chinese new year. It communicates tradition and values because it uses the Chinese language and animals that symbolise positive traits for certain people. Handmade products generally take more effort to create but can lower the environmental problems. When mastering creating handmade products it can look similar to products with machines. Using Chinese translations and animals help create a design that is specific to a person.

Chinese new year is a celebration that is special to many people and can represent a lot. My product included Chinese translations that meant calm and peaceful inside a and yang. This also relates to my dad because he likes to meditate and always tries to be calm. It is very personal to my dad and his relationship to the Chinese new year.

We used many different techniques to help create our product. One of them was soldering which includes using wires and flux to work the LED. Then, is painting which helps make the base look better and can mean something to someone. The final main way is creating a design through illustrator using an outline, images, and translations to create a nice looking product for the lantern.


Deisgn Through the Lens Reflection

In this project we learned about a specific part about CDNIS. For us we learned about the arts of holidays. Holidays are a very important of CDNIS, without holidays we won’t have any breaks from work. There are times where we don’t know when holidays and why they are they. This is why we created a video to address this information.

The limitations of our final product was the narration that didn’t make sense at some parts. For example when we were describing a picture it would not really relate which would make it confusing. The music should have been more quiet so the narration can be more loud and easier to hear. Another limitation was some missing holidays. One of them was the summer holidays which should have been at the end.

The narration could have louder volume talking by talking louder through quicktime player. We could double check the video to make sure they relate and the pictures match at the right time to make the video seem more well done. This would make the video more professional and easier to understand the story. The story can be more planned out and more scenes added so there is more detail. That is what was also lacking.

3-D Printing 4th Design Project Cycle

Design Process

Stage 1

The goal of this project is to create a cube with writing on it. This will seem pleasing if created right. I will try to research apps and websites that will be useful in creating the cube.

Image result for 3d printing cubes

I like the design because it is simple and the fill density was a good amount. I wish a different colour was used so it would be easier to see. What if they did it again and used blue instead of white.

Image result for simple 3d printing designs

I like the design by the amount of detail and how it was created very smoothly. I wish the roof of the house can be the same colour as the rest of the house. What if they put different colour pieces of paper on it.

Stage 2

For the 3d printing i will use 50% fill  and the cube tool to make a cube. This kind of how it will look like except there will be writing over it. it will be 1-2 letters.

Stage 3


Step 1: Ask to use 3-d printer after school (3:00pm)

Step 2: Get the sd card to put into the computer

Step 3: Upload the fie

Step 4: Do the printing by monitoring it

Stage 4:


Laser Cutting What I have learned so far


Laser cutting design is very fun but takes a lot of precision in every step. One mistake can ruin your whole project unless you fixed it. One of the more important things in creating designs to get laser printing is the design principles. This are very helpful to making your created project look more appealing compared to others. Typography and shape are some of them. These are helpful in showing text. Shape allows the design to look different overall with different positioning.

Colours are important when creating these projects. You have to choose the exact colour for the laser cutting to work. If you don’t then a not well made project will be the result. Learning all the features in illustrator is valuable as you will be able to use more tools. You can create more advanced projects based off of this. It also gives you an opportunity to create a better project. Out of all of these the most important things is to save your work. If you don’t save your work it will get deleted which means you lose progress towards completing it.

Getting images is a key part of making a good project. This can help explain what your project is about and what you are trying to say to the audience. Without images your project could be plain which is not as good. Another important tool is the layer tool. If you create many layers you will be able to work one step at a time without destroying everything. When you keep on learning new tools you can understand Illustrator better contributing to better and better projects. When created using all of these resources it will create a very nice looking project.








Robotics The Rockhopper-inator

During the week we created a makeblock robot. It took a lot of time to create it. When we were building the robot we faced some problems. One of them was the wheel placement. We were trying to put the wheels inside the robot but the robots were interfering so we put it diagonal to each other. Another problem we faced after creating the robot is the balance. So one group member decided to put skis which actually worked very well. Overall this was a very fun experience and I learned how to use nuts and bolts to create a robot. Controlling the robot was enjoying and looking at it move makes me feel accomplished. There will be time to dismantle the robot. 🙁

Strengths and Weaknesses of Ifolio


  • Many media/images to show what I do
  • My welcome page is decent showing what I am about
  • The information in my posts is above adequate making people understand what I really want to say
  • Choice of colours is nice
  • I used most design elements in my  great Ifolio


  •  tag cloud was only named “Subjects” which could be misleading because not all tags are subjects
  • The formatting with the posts can be improved
  • Site is a little empty and lacking content
  • Posts aren’t that memorable
  • There is no “Home” button to go back


Generally, my Ifolio is good but can be better. A huge part of my plan is to add more widgets or to add things from online to make it less boring and more engaging. Adding a home button will also be good to make it better for people visiting my site. I should really double check my post before I publish it so then I can fix formatting issues and small grammar mistakes. I should make my tag cloud easier to understand by making it a wider range. For example, instead of “Subjects”, I can make it to “Subjects and Topics”. Fixing these problems will help me as people will know what I clearly was doing in school.


Bear App Design

This bear app shows which are bears and which not. The app I am creating is not finished but almost done. It takes skills from previous apps and effort from previous apps. The process is simpler though. At first, we had to create a plan to know what we were doing on the actual app. Secondly, you create the app according to your plan.

Best Xcode App


I used a label first for the title which is trying to show what the app is about

I then used image view and in my storyboard got a picture of the world

I used a button to put on the image view which I placed inside the code. I gave it a nice and made the connection an action

Finally, I put a label in my code to show than when you press the button it will say “You have found Waldo” and I again named it. A name I gave it was labelAnswer.

VR video promo

Link to VR Movie:


In what ways did you create a successful VR video promo?

I created a successful VR video promo because I had my video represent effort which is what my logo was about. I showed different flags of countries to show globally everyone should give their best effort. The timing was good so I wasn’t there for too long closing the Ricoh Theta or starting the recording. Viewers said that it was too long because my video was 24 seconds when it was supposed to be 15. Then, I changed my video to around 15 seconds making it around the time you’re supposed to have your video last for.


What improvements would you make to you VR video promo?

My video could have been wider to show more than just flags. This will give viewers impressions that there is more to giving it all rather than showing flags. Also, my logo could have been placed better. I put it behind the main stairwell on the 10th floor. This just covered something that looked interesting relating to the video. But, because of my logo that small area looks a bit odd.


My brand logo


In my logo I have applied many different design principles. One of them is typography I used it to make effort stand out and give them an understanding to my logo. Another one is the phycology of shapes. I used triangles and circles to make my logo better. I used green, black and white so it contrasts to improve the logo. I used C.A.R.P by adding contrast colours I aligned some parts, the mountains were repeated and proximity to space one mountain from the other.