Zhuolu Tan's ePortfolio

A Communication Design Portfolio

Video Project

My Autobiography

This is my first time to make video, I had learned a lot of skills of video.

When we doing someting, we always will have some issues to access the project. I also have some problems while I doing my video project. The first thing of making video is thinking about how to connect my materials together effectively. And then I had to think about what I can add into the video to make the video in coherent. After I finished the video in the editing app version, and I exproted it, I lost some words of my video. I fixed it for many times and finally I successed.

Design Research Paper

Karin Fong

Karin Fong

By Co.Design

     Karin Fong is a founding member of Imaginary Forces and she is a graphic designer. She was born in 1971 in the USA. She began her career with an art degree from Yale. She likes to find inspiration in everything from surrealism to Schoolhouse Rock, and it shows. She has directed movies, games, televisions, and advertisements. She has earned five nominations and two Emmy Awards.

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

By Don Taylor

    In 1996, Karin Fong was involved in the design of the movie The Island of Dr. Moreau. In this movie, Karin Fong’s team decided to focus on the eyes, to express the variation. They made  animals’ eyes similar to different humans’ eyes to represent  the variation of animals. They used different eye iris from animals to identify animal populations. This is a successful design. Wikipedia, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977 film), “On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, The Island of Dr. Moreau holds an approval rating of 56%, based on 25 reviews, and an average rating of 5.1/10.” The audience of the film think that the materials are interesting. Karin Fong’s team had made a good design for this movie.

Black Sails (2014)

By Robert Levine, Jonathan E. Steinberg 

  For the television, Black Sails, Karin Fong was a creative director for it. The sculpture, soldier’s weapon, porcelain, the design of the ship and the lens using of Black Sail are beautiful. Karin Fong’s used 3D version for bone, buildings, seaweed and so on. It brought different views and feelings for audiences. The Black Sail used deep color to make the tone in somber. At this point, the Blcak Sails won 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in 2014, 68th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in 2016, 15th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards in 2017, and 16th Visual Effects Society Awards in 2018.

God of War III

By Sony PlayStation

     She also has helmed spots for Herman Miller, Target, and Honda in advisement. She has also created animation for the game God of War III and large-scale video installations for sites such as Lincoln Center, Las Vegas, and the LA Opera.

     In conclusion, Karin Fong had designed a lot of successful projects. Her productions are having a unique style and impressive.  As a founding member of Imaginary Forces, she brings her team into a higher place.


Wikipedia, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977 film), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Island_of_Dr.Moreau(1977_film)

Art of the Title, Karin Fong, https://www.artofthetitle.com/designer/karin-fong/

Imaginary Forces, Director / creative director Karin Fong, https://imaginaryforces.com/director/karin-fong/

Art of the Title, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), https://www.artofthetitle.com/title/the-island-of-dr-moreau/#

Art of the Title, Black Sails (2014), https://www.artofthetitle.com/title/black-sails/

Caveman, Black Sails Wallpapers, Wallpapercave, https://wallpapercave.com/black-sails-wallpapers

Debbie Millman, Karin Fong, https://www.aiga.org/medalist-karin-fong

Watch the Title, Karin Fong, https://www.watchthetitles.com/designer/karin-fong

Visual Quotation

In this project, we have to make 3 concepts for visually enhancing this quote for a postcard of 8.5″ X 5.50″. I chose the quote “You can’t change the past.” from the movie The Lion King. I like this quote, we can’t change the past, we should focus on the future, and make our future better.

For my first design, I used Tw Cen MT Condensed Extra Bold and Castellar fonts. I made “YOU” and “PAST” in different colors to let people focus on them and I used a different fonts to point out them. I tried to make the sense that there are no chances to change the past. I used this picture because this quote is from this part of the movie The Lion King. The little lion was upset after getting into trouble, the older lion told him they cannot change the past, but they can do their best to make the future better.

For the second design, I used Castellar and Comic Sans MS fonts. I made the words in balance, and put “past” on the button to make people focus on it. The reason I made “past” transparent is I want to make sense of the past that is already far away from us.

In the third design, I used Arial Rounded MT Bold and Comic Sans MS fonts. In this design, I used one color for background only, it was clear and readable than the second quotation. I tried to point out “you” and “past”, and I used different fonts for “you” and “past”, and made them transparent.

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