FORTY FOUR: Pies and pastiche.

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This is post is my exploration of borrowing design ideas from something else, or popularly known as “Pastiche”.

pas·tiche
paˈstēSH,päˈstēSH/

noun
an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.
“the operetta is a pastiche of 18th century styles”

verb
imitate the style of (an artist or work).
“Gauguin took himself to a Pacific island and pastiched the primitive art he found there” 

Now, as you may know one of my creative environments would be the library. It’s loud. It’s crowded. It’s a mess. But I like it there. I feel an emotional connection to the people there; a group of tired students relentlessly doing work. We’re all in this together.

Anyway, I see this poster all the time and the vintage element of it definitely caught my eyes.

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I wanted to make something similar – a pastiche. So I ended up making a commemoration to celebrate the people behind Volkswagen; a group of tired people relentlessly doing work. 

Ferdinand Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche was an automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche car company. In the early 1920s, he oversaw the development of the Mercedes compressor car, and later developed the first designs of the Volkswagen car with his son, Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche.

Ferdinand Piëch

Ferdinand Piëch

Ferdinand Karl Piëch is an Austrian business magnate, engineer and executive who is currently the chairman of the supervisory board of Volkswagen Group. In 1993, Piëch became the chairman and CEO of Volkswagen Group, which he is credited with turning into the large conglomerate it is today. Educated as an engineer, Piëch influenced the development of numerous significant cars including the Volkswagen New Beetle and Volkswagen Phaeton.

Martin Winterkorn

Martin Winterkorn

Martin Winterkorn is the Chairman of the Board of Management (CEO) of Volkswagen AG, the parent company of the Volkswagen Group. He was the head of “Group Quality Assurance,” General Manager of Volkswagen AG, VW Group Product Management, and Member of the Brand Board of Management for “Technical Development” for the Volkswagen brand. Winterkorn was instrumental in getting Volkswagen CEO Ferdinand Piëch to approve the production of the New Beetle.


The connection to Volkswagen brand here is quite abundant, since this is a commemoration of Volkswagen geniuses. The engineers pioneered the innovative design aspect of the brand, they made sure the enduring value element lingers with the brand, and prioritize the everyday motoring pleasure aspect.

P.S Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble!

Big Boss Man – Pies and Pastiche

FORTY THREE: Banana pancakes.

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One of the directives we can use for this project is to explore the concept of absurdity.

I browsed through my handbook, the Creative Block and two of the artists caught my eyes – one is Jesse Draxler and the second one is Arian Behzadi. Both of them have their own unique abstract art that doesn’t make any sense (hence, the absurdity) but it’s so powerful, it’ll connect to you as soon as you look at it and you can interpret it however you want it.

I combined their two styles and created this ridiculousness. Totally illogical I know, but I tried to connect with the brand and highlight their aspects as well.

Here they are:

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Hugo Gernsback and his TV Glasses. Gernsback was a Luxembourgian American inventor, writer, editor, and magazine publisher, best known for publications including the first science fiction magazine and sometimes called, “The Father of Science Fiction.”
One of his many inventions was the TV Glasses and it was pretty innovative. Instead of a TV Glasses, I replaced it with a collage of Volkswagen Beetle over the years that I made from a previous post. This is to highlight the innovativeness that Gernsback could see from the past.

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I first created the outline of 2015 Volkswagen Golf, fill them up with a vintage photographs from the 20’s or 30’s, gave them a little frame and replace the background with the chalkboard image.
Still doesn’t make any sense, but I used all conventional elements here (such as chalkboard and vintage photographs) and have the Golf be the outline. This could be an illustration of enduring value, as the conventional and old-fashioned elements fused and outlined by a new technology. Something that will last forever.

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One of the first selfies. I made this guy’s selfie and initially, was going to make a polaroid-like frame with the Volkswagen Type II but then I decided to edit it like this. Why? I don’t know, just being absurd. It could be related to the everyday motoring pleasure since it’s become a normal thing nowadays to take an image of yourself.

I named this post ‘Banana Pancakes’ because it doesn’t make any sense and it makes me happy. Being totally random and absurd actually makes me happy. It releases a weird good vibe and I’m satisfied with it.

“Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable.”
― Albert Camus

Jack Johnson – Banana Pancakes

FORTY TWO: Modern art.

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Saturday night, I met up with someone who was going to sell a textbook that I need for next semester. I saw a couple of pages of it was ripped and I protested. He said, “but you can still see the content of it!” Now like a nerd I am, his response gave me an idea for a post.

The idea of behind this post is to highlight the sleek and innovative design of Volkswagen. Their design is so remarkable that you would notice it in a heartbeat.

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In a way, this could follow the simplicity directive. I made the ripped paper effect to emphasize even though you can’t see the whole car, you would DEFINITELY know this is a Volkswagen car (“you can still see the content of it!”)

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There are many other Volkswagen cars that I could use, instead the overused Beetle and Type II, but I think these two cars are truly iconic and legendary. Therefore, they are the epitome of Volkswagen’s innovative design.

P.S. In case you were wondering, I did buy the textbook from that person. Spring 2015, I am (somewhat) ready for you!

Black Lips – Modern Art

FORTY ONE: Extraordinary.

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I remember when I was a kid I used to watch this show called Art Attack. It’s a show where the presenter would demonstrate the audience how to make art using everyday objects. I really think the idea of this show is very innovative and it helps to ignite creativity for kids.

I then asked my mom if I ever made anything creative.

She sent me these.

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The story behind this was the fact that my mom collects everything Coca-Cola. The can and/or bottle from around the world, souvenirs that have Coca-Cola logo on it, vintage Coca-Cola advertisements, etc. I realized that and decided to make her this mini box/case for her to put stuff in.

I think I still remember how to make this:

  • cut a cereal box in half
  • wrap it with aluminum foil and stick them together with a glue
  • layer it with the Coca-Cola wrapper
  • done

I guess the idea of this post is connecting my childhood’s inventive creativity and Volkswagen’s aspect of innovative design. This made me realize that I’ve practiced my creative side since I was a kid. It might not be the greatest thing in the world, but for a 8 year old, I think that’s pretty impressive. Innovative, maybe?

My mom was so touched by the gesture and still keeps it until this very day. You might have noticed the Coca-Cola wrapper seems a little bit different, it’s because it’s a wrapper from Indonesia. People might think it’s crappy or really ordinary, but for her, it’s exceptionally extraordinary.

Nizlopi – Extraordinary

FORTY: Normal.

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The idea of this post came while I was at work. I had this one customer who absolutely hates whipped cream. My immediate reaction was, “WHAT?! YOU’RE NOT NORMAL!” but then I realized I might have overreacted a little bit. So this is an exploration of people’s different opinion and description of being ‘normal’.


‘Normal’. We all are very familiar with this word. For our entire lives, we were told to be normal. To behave normal. To dress normal. To act normal. For what? To be ordinary? To conform with society?

Primarily, people have a general idea of ‘normal’ but your definition of ‘normal’ might be different than other’s. Now what is the definition of ‘normal’?

‘Normal’ for you could be waking up exactly at 8:15 AM every single day, eating your Frosted Flakes cereal with Vanilla Almond Milk, making a cup of coffee to fill your coffee tumbler that you got from that hotel you went to last winter with Aunt Lucy.

‘Normal’ for another person might include staying up until 3 AM for a class that requires endless amount of creativity (*cough*), drinking coffee at midnight, having to commute 20 minutes every day with his car (which he can only unlock from the passenger door because the door handle is broken).

Now I’m done emphasizing how every one of us have our own definition of ‘normal’. The connection of the normal idea and Volkswagen brand is the concept of how much you accept your normal reality.

Normal routine is a habitual event that you are comfortable with and find pleasure from it. You can keep doing it and repeat until the end of the world (exaggeration!), but why settle for less if you can get more? Why settle for second when first is available?

Why settle for Frosted Flakes if you can eat Froot Loops?

Why settle for random coffee tumbler if you can get it from Starbucks?

Why settle for a messed-up car if you can drive the innovative master, Volkswagen?

It’s all about perspective.

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band – Normal

THIRTY NINE: Playground.

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The other day, my friend Cameron said something about how our phone case could show our personality. The current phone case I use is this one:

IMG_3760It’s a LEGO phone case and it’s designed with an official LEGO Base Plate, so I can go crazy customizing it with an actual LEGO bricks. I bought it probably last Black Friday, in hopes of being able to play with my old LEGO, but time has passed and sadly, I’ve never used it to its full potential.

So, this is another exploration of my creative process and it turns out playing with LEGO can make you more creative!

I started out with this:

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And I made this alien-esque green sea creature with his shrine (don’t worry kids, he’s really nice!):

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The highly obnoxious hero who defends the human race with his modified jet ski:

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The boyband wanna-be who protects the Southern Land of Volkswagnia:

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And lastly, a NASA engineer who goes to space and interacts with aliens on his day off just because:

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Together, they protect and serve the people of Volkswagnia!

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The idea behind this post is how LEGO is a very creative, imaginative, and innovative tool, much like Volkswagen.

When I was a kid, I used to play with LEGO all the time. I love the fact that LEGO could be used as a tool to materialize kids’ imagination. It doesn’t have to make sense, because it could be whatever you want it to be.

On top of that, with the emerging digital entertainment nowadays, the number of kids playing with an actual LEGO is declining and that’s saddening. Kids need to realize that playing with the physical object, instead of digital is pleasurable.

Sia – Playground

THIRTY EIGHT: That’s what she said.

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In class, we were discussing about our ‘Creative Process’. Scott gave us an example of his morning process about how he brushes his dry teeth and further explained the process. The disruptive laughter that followed shows how much of an adult we are because obviously we take his descriptive words out of context. It’s like playing the good ol’ “That’s What She Said” but with an advertising twist to it.

I wanted to know what if Volkswagen use the Sensualist archetype approach and really embrace their everyday motoring pleasure aspect.
I’ve had this idea for awhile now, but I just think it’s not good enough or solid enough or whatever. So I just beat my monkey and tell him to shut up. Besides, we need a good laugh every now and then, right?

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I could’ve photoshopped a sexy model along with the car or something, but I don’t think Volkswagen would’ve done that. Their Sensualist archetype still has class and elegancy, which leaves a little bit of imagination to the viewer instead of baring it all.

Here Comes the Mummies – That’s What She Said