Project: This Was Expensive pt.2

This was a prototype made by Nancy Chui and Kevin Kwok. The website was created with the Raphael js library. The screen is an Acer T230H running off a Windows 7 laptop with multi touch built it intuitively. The project was showcased at a graduation show located at the Art Center College of Design.

We still have some bugs to fix and we find it works best on Google Chrome, no I am not just saying that (har har har).

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Google: Cr-48 Chrome Notebook

Unfortunately despite my early application to get one of these awesome notebooks, I did not end up actually receiving one. However, my friend Alex was lucky enough to get his hands on… 2! (now someone tell me how that is fair). No he did not give me but he let me examine it. It’s amazingly fast and I know Google was saying the shell of the laptop is temporary but I absolutely love it. It has a soft matte coating and its ENTIRELY black.

If you’re listening Google, you can still send me one, you have my info :)

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New Portfolio

Graduation is creeping up in about a week. It’s hard to believe I’ve called this place home for so long (Art Center College of Design) and now I finally have reached the finish line. Time to find a job, make a living and lets not forget – repaying those friendly lenders for all my loans.

A fresh new look on life requires a fresh new portfolio, hopefully the new website will help engage the viewer and really get close and personal with my work. NO really, literally get close with my work, I made sure my site had full bled images to fill up each page, its pretty different than what I had been doing before. There are always tons of people who will tell you what to do or how you should do things, many told me to step away from the little hints of Star Wars, but I did it anyways. This website is mines, this portfolio is mines and whatever is on it is a part of me. So I’m going to do just that, do me (yes that is me on the front page). www.kevinkwok.com

A tip: you can navigate the site in 2 ways. One – clicking the thumbnails at the bottom of each project. Two – clicking the left and right arrows that also appear on each project.

Another thing about graduation…Google rep is coming. This is one of the biggest moments for me, this blog, and the whole kevinforgoogle campaign this is my first shot at something I have been longing for. Cross your fingers people – here we go.

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JPL: Habitat for Humanity

The other day a bunch of us from the office volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and dedicated our time to help out an elder couple fix their house. That was hard, but worth the good heart-warming feeling? But not the burning sensation in your arms the next morning.

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MURSWORLD: “Phenomenal”

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Project: This Was Expensive pt.1

We’re at it again, Nancy and I have added another big item to our already growing to do list. “THISWASEXPENSIVE.com” is a project I started in an information design class over a year ago based on the world’s most expensive domains(.coms) every purchased. The original graphic charts the value / price, the domain owner and category then compares that info to the average number of visits / hits the site gets each month. All websites shown are listed according to websites trackers: alexa.com, soldnames.com and compete.com Statistics vary upon what information was available and are taken from most recently recorded activity for that domain.
thiswasexpensive

The original graphic was extremely long for dramatization and stretched out to a 120″ x 18″ poster with some dots going way off the canvas of the poster. I was able to create a short little video of the experience.

I had originally uploaded this video to youtube and it made a small impact overnight gaining about 1,000 hits in a few hours. After a little investigating I had found that CORE77 had made a quick tweet about it. Not long after my favorite info design blog infosthetics.com picked it up and made a post. Strangely enough it got onto some strange Russian forum and I was bombarded with emails, some angry that it was 100% accurate data and some wanting a poster but not wanting to pay for it. I was also contacted by someone at compete.com and bundle.com to have a copy in their office.

Our goal is to make this somewhat “live” to a point where at least a static state is clickable for a viewer until we are able to find a way to obtain data dynamically from all 3 website trackers. We are looking into the use of some of the following: jQuery, SVGs, HTML5′s canvas, and some flash. More about this project very soon, stay tuned.

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JPL: Toys and Things

Work has been great, and they sure keep me busy.

We got this in the office the other day with another one the way. It is INCREDIBLY fast, honestly faster than ipad1 haven’t really sat down with iPad2 yet to say its faster than that. But I know the cameras on this are way better than the iPad2 cameras. I believe Motorola won best tablet for CES 2011 with the Xoom (also their newest android phone—the Atrix won in the phone category). Did I mention I love work?

I also got to get away for the weekend and made a trip to Vegas. Good times.

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JPL: Hello

Busy busy busy!

I started work at JPL working in the OPSlab department focusing on new technologies like the Kinect. It’s really fun and so are the people I work with. I get to do various graphics and even an interface or two. On top of that the internship is paid and I walk by a group of deer every morning from my car to the office, pretty sweet deal going on here.

Take a look at my shiny badge, they put me as a contractor, hello extra level of clearance. I love this place can’t wait to see what comes out of my time here.





And our friend Dan Goods is not far away, either are his styrofoam robots he has around campus. I am geek heaven! Too bad I started just after they came back from GDC (
Game Developers Conference)

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