Elsa from Frozen

Portrait of Elsa from Frozen, I love the fact that she shares the same first name as me :D

Elsa from Frozen

UoM Best in eLearning 2013-14 digital marketing

At my job in the University my team is running a Best in eLearning competition where students nominate a course in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences for best use of eLearning. The idea behind this was to reward our academics for using good examples of eLearning, as well as find out what is being used in our Faculty. The students are entered into a weekly prize draw to win an iPod shuffle with a grand prize of an iPad at the end of the competition. I was asked to help design some promotional material for it. The finished poster can be seen below:

Best in eLearning 2013-14 poster

Best in eLearning 2013-14 poster

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Chinese New Year nails

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, I decided I’d paint my nails. I started off each nail with a light pink base, then using a sponge dipped into red created an ombre. Using a combination of a toothpick and the standard nail polish brush, I painted a horse calligraphy on my thumbnail, followed by a Chinese lantern and some blossoming flowers.

Year of Horse nails

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Year of the Horse :D

ManUniCast

As part of my job at the University, I was asked by Professor David Schultz to help design a logo for ManUniCast, a UK teaching and learning portal for weather and air quality forecasting.

ManUniCast beta

ManUniCast beta, landing page

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Vanilla Angel

Angela from Vanilla Angel approached me wanting a new ID and brand to go along with the set up of their first physical shop in Slaidburn, England. As the location was in a rural village, she wanted to change the look and feel of her brand to reflect this. She also stated that she wanted to move away from doing novelty cakes and focus primarily on selling chocolates and wedding cakes as well as interior goods.

Vanilla Angel's goods

Vanilla Angel’s goods

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The 24 solar terms by Oamul Lu (卤猫)

Loving these illustrated animated gifs, more work from the artist at the link in the end:

Beginning of Spring

Beginning of Spring

 

Beginning of Summer

Beginning of Summer

Grain

Grain

 

More work from Oamul Lu

Mochi dessert

I went into W H Lung recently (see my other article on asian/oriental food places in Manchester) and for curiosity’s sake, I checked the small freezer located near the fresh vegetables. This normally contained ice cream, or during the Lunar New Year, snow skin mooncake but that day, it also contained boxes of mochi dessert! I say mochi dessert, as it’s not actually ice cream mochi since it’s made from coconut milk. They had boxes of just one flavour, but I figured I’d give the assorted flavours box a try first.

mochi boxes

Mochi boxes

mochi dessert

Mochi dessert

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Manchester’s Asian/Oriental Food Places

I’ve moved from Belfast, Northern Ireland to Manchester originally for study, but since then I’ve found work and continued to stay here. Living in Manchester has allowed me greater access to a wide range of Asian/Oriental food compared to Belfast, not just in regard to places to eat but also places to buy ingredients which would otherwise be difficult to find.

Below is a list of places that I’d recommend going to. This list is not an exclusive list of all the places you can eat at, as that would be crazy. It does however contain places I personally like to go to. These are located around the city centre area, so useful for tourists or students.

I’ve broken the list down to the following

If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.


View Manchester’s Asian/Oriental Food Places in a larger map

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WordPress to record employability skills

One of the eLearning projects I’m currently working on involves using WordPress to record employability skills. The premise for using it was to help first year students engage with professional skills as they would need to start applying for placements at the beginning of their second year.

Previously, students had to hand in a hard copy portfolio and these varied in style from very wordy A4 pages in binders to A3 scrapbooks with sections of text pasted in. After asking two student focus groups, it was clear that many didn’t feel like the portfolio itself was useful to their career. When I asked them whether they felt an online portfolio would be more appropriate, all agreed in succession  particularly after I mentioned that this portfolio would be outward facing from the beginning so that it could be used to direct potential employers. A few also felt that learning computer skills would be useful.

Screenshot of a template ePortfolio

Screenshot of a template ePortfolio

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Carrots used to be purple

A friend informed me of this after the last carrot illustration.

Carrots used to be purple

Carrots used to be purple