Finally my web is here!

Hello 2012!

Things have been crazy for the past months/year. But I managed to finish my web! YAYY!! You can check it out here.. chocomocacino

I use the simple but fun and trendy cargocollective. Love it so much! If desireable, you can change the colour and font too. I did that and got hooked up instantly. I guess I spent like 2-3 days figuring the right colour and fonts. It was super addicting! But the payback was worthed!

Anyhow, if you have any comments and critiques about the web, don’t forget to drop me some notes! Look forward to hear from you.

Have a great adventure for the AMAZING 2012!!!! Cheers


more winning holiday designs

As I mentioned earlier, this year minted holiday challenge was crazyyyyy.. We have over 2,200 entries. I think there are lots of blood and tears here, since minted made their first cut into about 700+ designs. Then from that 700+ designs, we got to vote who deserved to be in Top 20. Competition is fierce and result was ground breaking.

I think when it comes to design, personal preference and style certainly play a huge role. One person mite say this design is great, but to others mite not. So, win or not, it’s all back to what speak to you the most. I often found that winning designs does not necessarily sell well and vice versa. The one that sells well usually doesn’t win any award.

As for this year’s winning design: Top 10, Top 11-20, we spot a lot of simple, hand lettered designs. I guess those are in trend now. But I happen to like a lot of other great designs which showcase awesome illustration skills. Luckily minted spot them and chose them as their editor’s picks. Though my heart ached when I browsed and found some of my favourites didn’t get pick. I just think they did such an amazing job! Oh well.. I hope that won’t stop them from keep designing what is true to their belief and philosophy.

In my case, though of course I am sad not many of my designs got selected. But something cheers me up. I was selected as the SPECIAL PRIZE WINNER as the BEST RETRO/VINTAGE DESIGN (again CAPS LOCK.. just to show I am so thankful.. since I really didn’t expect my design to be picked!) I was soooo honoured… cuz there are soooo manyyyyy other great retro designs. It really made my day.. even to be exact, the news came right on my birthday, so my happiness is beyond any word. SPEECHLESS. PERIOD.

Illuminated Manuscript

illuminated manuscript assembled with backer

Originally, I named the design ‘nostalgich’ but minted changed them, maybe they found customers will hard to remember, which I’m totally fine. When you have entered so many challenges where you need to name each and every of your design, trust me-you will find a hard time in naming them. I have turned to ‘google translate’ in helping me. So far, I love their help! 😀 Now, I’m also will be asking help from ‘thesaurus’. We’ll see how that will come out.

Anyway, talking about this design. It’s my hand lettering PREMIERE!! YAYYY!! Finally my hand lettering will be sold on web. And I hope someone will buy it soon!! :p :p.. I will be so thrilled. I always love doing hand lettering but haven’t found enough time to manually scan them, draw them again/fixing them on computer. I think it’s a tedious work. But it’s also fun. In the future, I hope I will be adding more and more of my original hand lettering. My ultimate goal: to create a font!!

Not just the lettering that I love, but the backer was my favourite in this design. I imagine an old floor tile which you usually found in an antique building. And voila! There you go, the most vintage backer that I’ve ever created. By the way, just for info, besides the naming, I think creating backer once your design got selected is another hard task. I’m struggling everytime I need to create a pattern. Maybe because I don’t want to create just lines, dots, or stripes. Pheww…

Okay.. I talk too much. But if you like this design and want to send it, get it here (don’t forget to include the backer!!). I will be so happy and you will get a thank you note from me. 😀 Feel free to leave me any comments!

Adios! More winning designs story coming in your way!!

some holiday designs

So.. As I’ve promised, here are my other selected holiday design that will be on sale at indigo. I will add ‘where to buy’ links once I get it from them. Talking about these designs, my absolute favourite are the gift stack, snowreath and vintage highlite.

I love gifts stack mainly because I adored Scandinavian design. And I wanted to create a modern design with a bit retro scandinavian flair. I just like how the final result and can’t wait to share the color variations of this holiday design.

Snowreath I like because I am a big fan of sophisticated design. Anything that oozes loveliness and beauty will surely catch my attention. Plus, snowflakes is my favourite elements from Christmas so I try to incorporate those elements together.

As for vintage highlite, I am also a typography lover. So I mix and match fonts here. Anything that I am planning to design, I always have design that based solely on typography. You can say I am a typography freak.. 😀 and currently try to pursue my lettering hobby, which I will share more later.

I love my other designs as well, but for this time I just choose three to be shared with you guys. Enjoy! And if you like my designs, get it now! (more link will come soon!)

gifts stack


vintage highlite



just a label