Thursday, May 31, 2007

Design Inspiration & Resource from Japan - PingMag

PingMag is a bilingual online design magazine that writes about ideas and inspiration by two designers from Japan. This online magazine is full of great articles and content.


Storyboard Design: Hey teachers, feeling like you need a little inspiration? Looking at that storyboard unit and dreading it? Check out the article in PingMag. The writers take you through 5 different storyboard case studies:

  • TV drama
  • Film festival trailer
  • Online game
  • 2 different TV commercials

With each case study there is an example of the drawn storyboard, discussions about the creative journey of the "storyboarders" and examples of the finished product.

As I was reading through their archives I came across a hilarious and entertaining article they did on the Website Development Process. Using Lego they created a superb visual story of what all web designers have gone through with their clients....from conception to completion of a design project. Great resource to help your students understand what is involved in the completion of a project (plus it will give you a giggle.)

Clothing and Textile teachers there is a huge amount of information on this site for you!

My husband will shake his head when I write about this one....but every morning before work, my husband packs up his eyeglass case, wallet, Tupperware bowl of cereal, spoon, bits and pieces of paper and religiously places them all in a nice plastic grocery bag. I keep teasing him and tell him that I am going to buy him a real man bag.....anything would be better than the plastic bags. Well in Tokyo apparently the fashion IS for a man to carry a fashion "man bag" .....who would of thought.

You really need to check out this site! Some of the categories that are available (which I am sure are growing daily):

  • Architecture
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Conscientious Design
  • Events & Exhibits
  • Fashion
  • Film/Animation
  • Graphics
  • Illustration
  • Internet
  • Japan
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Products
  • Street Art
  • Technology
  • Typography
  • Worldwide

And in case you didn't pick it up at the beginning......LOVE THIS ONLINE MAG!!!

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