Joseph Ku's Graphic Design Blog

Christchurch Earthquake Cloud

October 2, 2010 | 9,098 views

Christchurch Earthquake Cloud

Clouds that reflect to the mood of the people, after the the 7.1 magnitude earthquake happened in Christchurch on 4 September 2010 @ 3.45am. The biggest earthquake Christchurch has ever felt, damaging houses, schools, historical buildings, and shut down the Christchurch central city for 2 weeks! It hailed the night before the big quake, it […]

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Graphic Design as Art – Part 4/6

August 17, 2010 | 23,373 views

Graphic Design as Art – Part 4/6

50cm x 100cm, digital print on canvas Visual Works on Close Up Yiyi finally decided to choose Music over Medicine as her studies at the University of Canterbury. Music is what she is passionate about, but Medicine is something she is really good at; it was a difficult decision as my dad really wanted her […]

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Graphic Design as Art – Part 3/6

August 14, 2010 | 5,689 views

Graphic Design as Art – Part 3/6

Permanent UV ink on canvas, 50cm x 100cm, scroll bound contemporary Chinese style Visual Work – Sections on Close Up Chinese character for ‘Learn’ ‘學’. The bottom part of this character is ‘Child’,  ‘子’, a child with knowledge on top of his/her head. Please observe the 2 crosses within the top brackets, I picked up […]

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Graphic Design as Art – Part 2/6

August 12, 2010 | 6,092 views

Graphic Design as Art – Part 2/6

Permanent UV ink on canvas, 50cm x 100cm, scroll bound contemporary Chinese style Visual Work – Sections on Close Up Chinese Pictograph for ‘Fly’ ‘飛’ As you can see the character is a drawing of a bird. Introduction to Chinese Calligraphic Scripts (Chinese Fonts) Chinese character for ‘Home’ ‘家’ 1. 篆書 Chuan-Shu (Seal Script) This […]

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Graphic Design as Art – Part 1/6

July 22, 2010 | 6,689 views

Graphic Design as Art – Part 1/6

When I say ‘Graphic Design as Art’, I mean there is no ‘Client’ involved in the process of making, and there is ‘No Commercial Value’ in the work produced, and most importantly, there is no one I need to please apart from myself! This is the visual representation of  my written work completed in 2000. […]

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Logo Design Process for Wagmu

July 19, 2010 | 8,046 views

Logo Design Process for Wagmu

I have completed a brand identity design for Wagmu.com. John (owner) approached me through my website, and asked if I could assist with the re-design of their existing logo. John has a website promoting diet tracking, menu planing, and nutritional analysis (www.wagmu.com), a wonderful service that John is providing! Design Brief Supplied by Client “Wagmu” […]

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Good Graphic Design Quotes

July 15, 2010 | 53,456 views

Good Graphic Design Quotes

Have you ever wonder what famous graphic designers / artists around the world have been thinking? Well, I think you can learn a lot from the words that they have said. Here is a collection of some of my favorite ones, hope you enjoy them! "Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated" — Paul Rand...

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A design-sense of AdSense

July 10, 2010 | 3,045 views

A design-sense of AdSense

When I first created kudesign.co.nz, I want it to be ad-free, as having adverts on my graphic design studio website just seemed unprofessional... but it changed my mind when I signed up for Google AdSense last year (2009) after having read an article by 'Steve Pavlina' on 'How to Make Money From Your Blog'. I started to look at options on how I can incorporate Google AdSense to my website template beautifully; I didn't want them to speak too loud, in fact I wanted them to be almost invisible! The quick solution back then was to tuck them at the bottom of each posts / articles, and at the bottom of the sidebar...

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What is a logo design worth?

July 5, 2010 | 4,228 views

What is a logo design worth?

If money was no concern, and you were to ask 10 graphic design agencies to design a new logo for you, all 10 designs will come back looking different, but does it mean the most expensive one will produce the best outcome? If I was to buy a Hi-Fi CD player model X9000, I would hunt around to find the cheapest deal, and sometimes I am happy to pay a bit more for a reputable dealer. In the end of the day, the product/commodity is the same, doesn't matter where you buy it from, but you could potentially save hundreds of dollars if you shop around! However, design is no commodity, and does not work the same way!

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Design vs Advertising

July 3, 2010 | 3,965 views

Design vs Advertising

A problem will not disappear if it is left unsolved. As human beings, we have a desire of making life easier by solving problems that are around us. Any design starts with a problem; the process of solving that problem is the process of design. Design is when two or more pieces of knowledge combine together to form a new whole, and that new whole should mean something in life, however it doesn't just finish there...

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Where is kudesign.co.nz on google?

July 2, 2010 | 3,129 views

Where is kudesign.co.nz on google?

It has been 2 years since kudesign.co.nz went through a major site upgrade, since then I haven’t really done much to help with the Google ranking, and just this week, I have been doing a bit of research in this field. Everyone wants to be at top of google, but how to get there still […]

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My First Canon 7D HD Video

June 30, 2010 | 1,741 views

My First Canon 7D HD Video

A Graphic Designer’s Best Friend My old Canon 300D / Rebel has been excellent for my everyday photography, it also has been an important tool for my creative business! This year (2009), I decided to take the plunge and grabbed myself a Canon 7D as an upgrade and an extension to my design business! After […]

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