Joseph Ku's Graphic Design Blog

Treasure Found at the Antique Shop

April 18, 2010 | 3,681 views

Treasure Found at the Antique Shop

We visited Tainan for the second time, the purpose of the trip was to assist artist Tsai Yu with a photographic project, she wanted to have a selection of her antique collection professionally photographed. We arrived in her antique shop in the afternoon, and started to setup a corner as a temporary photographic booth. While […]

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What are pictograms?

April 13, 2010 | 11,038 views

What are pictograms?

Pictograms are widely used today in such place as international airports, railway stations or any other situations where the written word may only be available to a small minority. They are aso used widely in situations where space prohibits the fuller text version such as in the case of the computer screen icons etc. Although […]

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What is a monogram?

April 11, 2010 | 3,038 views

What is a monogram?

We often talk about the term ‘logo’, but when it comes to the design of a company identity, there are a few terms that the general public wouldn’t normally use;  terms such as a ‘monogram’, a ‘symbol’, a ‘logotype’ or a  ‘pictogram’.  I feel it is important to acknowledge these terms, for both the client […]

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A Typographic Journey to Tainan

April 10, 2010 | 2,371 views

A Typographic Journey to Tainan

Purpose We have been given an opportunity to meet with a Tainan local artist, Tsai Yu – a well known painter specializing in oil painting, Chinese calligraphy,  jewelery design and ceramic tile works. Her work focuses on the pictorial aspect of the Chinese typography, using Chinese characters as images to play roles in her story […]

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Lunar New Year in Fo-Guang Shan

February 23, 2010 | 3,881 views

Lunar New Year in Fo-Guang Shan

About Fo-Guang Shan Monastery Venerable Master Hsing Yun founded Fo Guang Shan in 1967. Since then it has evolved from a mountaintop bamboo forest to the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. Master Hsing Yun has inspired the selfless devotion of over 1,000 monastics as well as the ardent support of many lay devotees to assist […]

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New Website for the Beavers

February 6, 2010 | 2,360 views

New Website for the Beavers

First of all, I would like to congratulate the busy beavers for their great effort in supporting the local communities in various fund raising projects, thumbs up!! Who are the Busy Beavers? Talented Arborists & Landscapers serving the Canterbury region, visit this page and meet the Busy Beavers. I first met Bryce when he came […]

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Engagement Invitation DIY

January 20, 2010 | 3,966 views

Engagement Invitation DIY

My good friends James & Ruby are getting engaged in Feb 2010, I took great pleasure in designing their engagement party invitation.  The invitation needs to be special with a personal touch, and we want it to be different to the generic cards you buy at the shop. Since only 50 cards are required, each card […]

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What is a logotype?

November 25, 2009 | 2,309 views

What is a logotype?

One of the earliest was the simple signature which gave credibility to documents and easily identified the owner. This was/is a unique drawing of the letterforms involved. One's name is insufficient, i.e. there are an awful lot of people with the name 'Smith', but is highly unlikely that two of them would sign their name in an identical form...

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Installing WordPress on sub or root-folder?

November 22, 2009 | 23,859 views

Installing WordPress on sub or root-folder?

kudesign website update In order to keep a sparkling clean set of URLs, and SEO friendly, I have decided to change the permalinks structure of the kudesign site. In my previous configuration, each post had a long URL name: kudesign.co.nz/studio/2009/11/article-name/ This was due to the fact that my WP was installed inside a sub-folder, and […]

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What are Chinese name chops?

November 21, 2009 | 6,414 views

What are Chinese name chops?

What are Chinese Name Chops (name seals)? What? Lamb chops? No, not something you bought out of a butcher shop, a name chop is developed in ancient Chinese times to symbolize and validate a person’s identity. A name chop is an artefact hand crafted out of a choice of beautiful precious stones; the full name […]

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Is it time to upgrade my website?

November 17, 2009 | 2,436 views

Is it time to upgrade my website?

A website is more than just a holder of your company information and contact details. It is important to understand that a website is not a static entity, but a living thing, and should constantly grow and evolve. Your company doesn’t stay the same, it is constantly changing, improvements are being made, new product or services are being offered each day, so why your website should stays the same?

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Narnia Shooting Location Canterbury New Zealand

November 14, 2009 | 5,849 views

Narnia Shooting Location Canterbury New Zealand

Filming location of the movie “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” Magnificent Limestone Outcrops, once to be under the sea, now 700m in altitude, northwest of Christchurch. Favorite location for trampers, rock climbers and photographers. His Holiness the Da Lai Lama once visited this place and said “This is one […]

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