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May 5 2013

A Trip to the Philippines – Summer 2013

These pictures were captured with an iPhone 4S when I was travelling in Boracay the Philippines.

You may want to click the images to view them in large scale, and also some my murmurs.

sunset purple sky

I walk this beach for the one last time.

sunset orange sky

When the sun set, the sky turned from blue to orange. The temperature fell to a degree that was so pleasing. And the atmosphere on the beach was so cozy and sleepy.

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May 4 2013

Microblog Archive – July 2012~May 2013

04/05/13 I don’t use weixin or weibo, coz I am too busy to ever read other people’s murmurs.
30/04/13 Vivi is now on dribbble at http://dribbble.com/vivianalive
09/04/13 Iraq War: 10 Years.
21/03/13 I hate Goolge for brutally shutting down Google Reader. Just another unfaithful and untrustworthy wallstreat company.
20/03/13 Ah~money, one of the major differences after graduation is that I never stop worrying about how much money I still have.
02/01/13 After leaving school, do you still try to learn something new every week like me?
13/01/13 I hate Windows 8 a lot, and I hate Windows 8 style even more.
03/01/13 Dreams will keep us young.

27/12/12 Thank you for pointing out my mistakes, though it was kinda painful.
16/12/12 Thought I wouldn’t feel lonely again since I love you, yet there’re still much of loneliness around me.
23/11/12 I love pop music, industrial metal, Italian Opera as well as electronic vocal trance.
12/11/12 Wall-E and South Park, both are my favorite cartoons.
28/10/12 I live every day like it’s my last. Hence, sorry I am too busy to just stand there and listen to you.
22/10/12 The reason that I love IT most is that, everthing updates everyday or dies the day after.
02/10/12 As I grow up, I see more demises than newborns.
11/09/12 Paragon “disbanded”. The end of an era. Fxck Ghostcrawler.
27/08/12 “Great design isn‘t good enough.“ So finally I have figured out why I never get along well with my works.
04/08/12 Why Blizzard can’t bring all the good back. I am strong, but I am hurt.

Mar 2 2013

Design Works Dec 2012~Feb 2013

1. Merry Christmas and New Year Email

The HTML email I designed and made for Christmas and New Year’s day last year.
It didn’t take me much time to bring this email from sketch book into photoshop, but it unexpectedly took me a whole afternoon to edit and check time and time again to bring the maximum compatibility across various email platforms and browsers.

Our customers are mainly English-spoken programmers. AFAIK, they love black, white, orange, red colors. They love designs that are either serious or enthusiastic. Hence, when I noticed that I had already used red and green colors on it, I determined not to use our company color – orange.

I wish our customers could find a bit love and care while skimming through piles of commercial promotions that are of nothing but greed and evil.

new year letter 121220

2. Homepage design for a Chinese software company

I had a little trouble while designing this site. It was just so strange for me to type Chinese characters into PSD.
Usually, 12px is large enough for English letters. But for Chinese characters, things are different.

index page design for damingsoft

Dec 2 2012

Design Works Sep~Nov 2012

We had a series of promotion campaigns in the past few months. So I had been making banners, landing pages and HTML emails for EDM. Particularly, as the Christmas is closing in, I started to use more and more yellow color our in marketing materials.

1. iLite Retro 2.0

New navigation bar, added banner area, and added more orange color.

You can check the live version here: http://www.kevingao.net

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Nov 5 2012

Summer 2012 Review

Summer & This City

Still in this city.
Every time I said it’s the last summer I stayed here, it’s always proved in the end that I was wrong.
So this time, I may just say, I’ll stay here for another while.
You know which one it is, if you really know me.

Summer & Self Study

The summer has long gone now, and it rains a lot.
I’m pretty glad that I have enjoyed a splendid summer.
During my 2-month “vacation”, I have learned and mastered a bunch of new skills for both work and personal use.
I ain’t a brilliant or creative enough people, and have been marveled by other people’s achievements occasionally, which stimulates me to acquire more and faster.
After leaving school, do you still try to learn something new every week like me?

Web Design

Got a little annoyed by responsive design. I hate it when I have a new idea but have to implement it in different resolutions. Yet there are piles of compatibility issues waiting to be handled.
I gave up PHP.
Frankly, I hadn’t truly started on this scenario yet. Maths was such a pain for me.
Also, recently I have begun to read some Javacript. It’s not out of interest, but because I have to. CSS3 alone is not enough for creating dynamic and vivid web pages. The cross-browser compatibility issues would be what a nightmare that lingering around every single page I weaved.
Last piece under this topic, I decide to use more color in my designs.

Video Game

WOW is over.
I got sick with the endless daily quests 2 weeks after MOP launched.
25-man raid is very much different from 10-man’s. They’re just two types of games.
Screw you Ghostcrawler, bye.
I am playing COD8 right now. Maybe try BF3 or BF4 later if I got a GTX 7 series graphic card. Just kidding.

colorful umbrella in rain