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“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” January 25, 2010

Posted by Magdalena Malik in : Check it out, Exer1: Avatar, Exercises , add a comment

Hi everyone!

My name is Magdalena Malik, also known as Megs by friends, and I’m in first year Graphic Design at OCAD. It has been my dream to study at this school since way back! My mom studied here as an Illustrator and graduated. I visited the campus and went to a couple of classes even when I was five years old!  I still remember coloring mickey-mouse picture books during my mother’s lectures…

Even though this journey of art and design has just become, I am eager to find out what the future has in store for me. Hopefully, after graduating from OCAD, I would love to travel and explore the world. I long for the chance to visit unique places, learn about culture and make friendships. As you can see from my avatar, I placed myself in the horizon with a sailors hat and yacht. I adore sailing with my family and friends. The cool breeze makes me feel relaxed and free. Somehow when out there in the water, I feel as if nothing can bring me down. I feel strong. It would be nice to go sailing now, maybe then I wouldn’t be so stressed about course assignment due dates… hehe

I hope everyone learned a little about me!


“Nothing Left for Me to Do but Dance!” January 25, 2010

Posted by Lucey En Chung Kim in : Exer1: Avatar, Exercises , add a comment

can't stop dancing in my head

*The title is a line from the song JUST DANCE by JAMIROQUAI (the Napoleon Dynamite dance)*

My avatar is simple.  I love the stage, and I love dancing, which is why I always think about it.

When people ask me what I’m studying in university, a lot are surprised when I say I’m going into Industrial Design.  I guess it’s because they assumed I would pursue dance as a career since I’ve been dancing all my life.  But, I don’t blame them.  Although my mother always drilled in my head that dancing will only ever be a hobby, she had a lot of moments telling me that I should really pursue it.  But, being the stereotypical Asian mother she is, she would change her mind and tell me I shouldn’t waste my energy on dance (in other words, STUDY).  Even though, in my head, I knew dance was a hobby, deep down, it was more than that; it was an obsession, love, passion, and an escape from reality.  If I had the ability to go back in time, I would.  Even though there were times of regret about a decision I made 4 years ago, I don’t regret it now because with the situations that came up 2 years ago, I know now that regardless of my decision, I would still have been forced to quit dance. 

Going to an art/design school to study to become a designer, I’m thankful that my VERY stereotypical mother encouraged me to go into design rather than dying in business.  If I didn’t go to OCAD, I’d probably be sleeping (no joke, I LOVE sleep) in all my lecture classes that go on about the economy, supply and demand, and the recession.  Being in an art school, I still feel a connection to dance because dance is a form of art, and being surrounded by art and design constantly, it’s crazy (and I love it!).  Dance will always be connected to me, whether it’s in my head, or watching it on youtube.  My arms and feet are in constant rhythm with or without music, especially in big open spaces (like the one on the 2nd floor in the main building).  So, don’t be too surprised if I have moments of random movement. =)

My world…. in a nutshell January 24, 2010

Posted by Christina Mary Dery in : Check it out, Exer1: Avatar , add a comment


Hi, Im Christina Dery

For my avatar i have decided to compile some parts of me and my life. I was born in Quebec City and lived there for 9 years and then moved to Ontario. I like to think that the move from Quebec opened up a new future for me because I do not think I would have discovered my passion for art and design otherwise. The elements in my avatar represent where i am from and the words that continue to keep me reaching for my dreams. I tried to connect all the elements through colours and by having the swirl lines throughout. I chose calm yet fun colours because they compliment my personality. i am sometimes shy but am always fun to be with. So in a nutshell… this is me 🙂

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