DMA411 – Magazine Layout & Interview with Ksignature

The challenge of this magazine layout assignment was to design using a grid and without a grid. I had 2 versions of my “no grid” layout and as much as I like the idea of designing asymmetrical, off page, full bleed, no exact spacing, I couldn’t help but measure and check back everything with a grid! I’m so used to placing guidelines everywhere on my drafts as if it were a tick. I still end up lining up my boxes together, making columns and playing around with the negative space.

The only changes I still need to tweak is to clean up my images more and maybe play around with the luminance tool and filters on Lightroom. However, my screen is not calibrated so colour editing is very limited. Here’s what I came up with so far.

PS: Thank you to the ever so patient stylist, Ksignature for allowing me pick at your brain with all my questions. The complete interview will be coming soon!


DMA411 – Digital Dreams 2014 Brochure

Because of my new love and appreciation of the EDM world, I dedicate my 8 page accordion fold brochure assignment to the crop-top wearing, neon strobe lights flashing, fist pumping action, beats blaring in your ears until you go absolutely deaf to Digital Dreams 2014. As much as I would love to attend this two-day event, I will probably not be able to go…although I really want to. (I’ll fist pump at home on my laptop. Sad).

*NOTE* All copy and images are taken from the website and Google Search.

Photography Credits: Jason Kwan, Nick Wons, No Copyright Infringement intended.  (Purely for school purposes).



Updates for the XRENDER Team.
Vans Viral Video Project for DMA423 – Interactive Development.

Can’t wait!

Can't wait!

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DMA423 – VANS Rebrand


Project #1 – Re-branding

I chose VANS because I love shoes and have always been a fan of VANS. I chose this company because it’s something I’m more familiar with compared to the other companies that were given to me.

I did some research about the company and jot down some important notes about how they got started. Here are my brainstorming and preliminary sketches:

JuliaHilao_VANS_Rebrand_Sketch01edit JuliaHilao_VANS_Rebrand_Sketch02edit

I wanted to keep the original font from before. It’s very artsy, freehand and dominant. I played around with the thickness and styles to make it more modern. So far, these are my top 3 sketches that I like.

#1 is very minimalistic; simple lines with the “S” looking more like a digital “5”. I kept this very futuristic and similar to a digital clock.

#2 is more dominant with the combination of thin and thick strokes. I kept it similar to #1 with the diagonal stroke thicker in the letters V, A and N. The “S”, I tweaked the shape to show the checkered/diamond look. This pattern is one of VANS’ most iconic and popular shoes that I remember seeing a lot growing up. (I also put a side note to maybe extend the letter “S” to underline the word VANS.

#3 pays tribute to the classic bubble letter style. Instead of making it more round, I kept it chubby, short and wide. I think it still needs a little more adjustment on whether or not I should keep it 2D or play around with the shadows to give a 3D feel to it.

Colour Schemes:

Possible colour schemes I like for my new VANS logo are these 3 colour swatches I got from


hazOcaso Bold by osadezu


Peachy Keen by SoulStarMecca


Suntan City by merlevine123

The feeling, themes, style and vibe of the VANS company are:


Similar to their original 1966 ad.

The elements of the Brand Foundation:

Core Purpose – Why we exist
Vans exist because of the kids who were not afraid to be different. The kids who wanted to be free to be themselves and have fun.

Vision – Where we are going, and how we’ll know we’re there
Always looking for expansion, get more customers and brand recognition. Vans is no longer just a “skater brand.” But can cater to anyone who likes the style and appreciates their fashion that’s more easy going, funky and artistic.

Mission – What we do every day to get there
Do business well and smart. With style and grace; no shortcuts. To continue to strengthen their brand and not do what other companies are doing. Vans is not Nike, Addidas or Puma. To allow creativity and for the people to be able to contribute to something; make a Vans shoe their own by giving consumers the option to customize. This gives people the flexibility to create what they want and not be dictated by what is only available in stores.

Values – What we believe in/our principles
Vans believes in collaboration with other artists, culture, pay respect and tribute to the past and history, yet be open and embrace the future generations to come. Vans is classic and perfects their craft, yet is always trying something new, taking risks and thinking “outside the box” in order to stay relevant and current in trends. I love that Vans always makes new colourways to their classic shoes but still teams up with artists and illustrators to create a really unique shoe with their original drawings and art.

Position – How we are different
Vans caters to a certain niche and a certain market. People who are professional athletes or love skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing and BMX riders. It also attracted the punk rock scene and kids who wanted a laid back style that doesn’t compromise style and performance. At the same time, Vans can be for anybody even if they don’t do these sports.

Positioning Statement – How we say we are different
Vans started off as a family run business and continues on those principles and values. They understand people and know how hard this business can be because they had their share of rough times already, especially in the competitive market. They filed for bankruptcy in 1983 and it took them 3 years to pay all their creditors back.

Character – How we act/our voice
Vans started as a family business, so just like a family, Vans should operate with tender, love, care and respect. Customers are not just customers; they should be guests. By the time someone leaves your store, they can even become your friend. A business won’t thrive without a good, trusting relationship. That starts from the owners, business partners, employees and vendors. How they treat each other will inevitably translate to how their relationships will be with their consumers.