I Think Therefore I Blog

thinktherefore(source: http://marksinthemargin.blogspot.sg)

Process of creating the weblog


A number of considerations were made along the process of creating the weblog. The title Design Media & Publishings came from the three main words for the issues involved. The idea behind the title was looking into Design Media Issues and Publishing issues. The two main topics of the weblog.

The topic of Design Media will then be broken down into two parts – design principles and media issues.


I was considering the tagline and could hardly find any inspiration until the Bible verses came to my mind.

  • Proverbs 1:31 (NIV) – ‘They will eat the fruits of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.’
  • Psalm 149:8 (NIV) – ‘to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron,’

The idea behind the tagline was for audience to consider if blogging is good or bad, “fruits”. Or will it be a shackle upon bloggers, that ‘I think therefore I blog’, or should the media issues examples have “thought before they blog”?


The main challenges, I faced was to arrange the contents that it flows correctly according to the tagline, the weblog design was according to the template chosen from WordPress. Consideration for colour schemes were made, for easy and light for the eyes. I usually will pen down my thoughts in a weblog, and usually will include Bible verses to help me with my thoughts. I enjoyed doing up this weblog.

Thank you for your time in reading.


Katzev, R 2012, ‘On Blogging’, viewed on 23rd Feb 2013, <http://marksinthemargin.blogspot.sg/2012/11/on-blogging.html&gt;.


Media Issues: Politician elite apologizes for Facebook comments


(source: http://sg.news.yahoo.com)

Authoritative figures whereby their words have more “weight” and impact to the public, a single comment may cost his position if portrayed incorrectly. On the 19 Feb 2013, Mr George Yeo, former foreign affairs minister, asked on Facebook “Whither Singapore?” According to B N Balji (2013), ‘the by-election blow-out and the White Paper wash-out have left many, not just Yeo, wondering where this country is headed.’

Facebook is a good platform to use to get into communication with the public to establish relationship. For it has the sense of immediacy, whereby we can get the latest information or news directly from the user. This is however, false, unless used wisely.

The comments which George Yeo has made, has contributed to the following diminishing morale of the political party, he was previously in. Media is powerful, but the public is still the one to make a choice to choose between what they think is right in their eyes.


Balji, P.N 2013, ‘Whither PAP, whither the elite, whither Singapore?’, viewed on 23 Feb 2013, <http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/singaporescene/whither-pap-whither-elite-whither-singapore-103928226.html&gt;.

Media Issues: Erotic Expressions on Weblog

NUS erotic pic

(source: http://sg.news.yahoo.com)

Is publishing erotic pictures or videos in personal blog a right way to express themselves? On the 17 Feb 2013, a scholar from University of Singapore (NUS) was called up to face disciplinary action for blogging erotic pictures in his personal blog. The public’s outcry for him to remove his blog succeeded despite his declaration in the following video.

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His expression on his weblog is beyond the expectations of the general public, which Alvin Tan follow up with free media usage such as Youtube, to declare his point of view as to why he and his girlfriend, Vivian, will continue to upkeep the posts.

Following is an update on the 19 Feb 2013, on an exclusive interview with Alvin Tan and Vivian,

(source: youtube.com)

Alvin and Vivian was invited to join one of Malaysia’s broadcasting talk show, and Alvin follows to reply that he will look into the entertainment industry as part of his future plans. From this incident, the thought of expressing themselves, has caused the public to feel uncomfortable and using the power of Youtube, to reinforce his stand.

Publishing and Media has become so easily reachable that anyone has the freedom to post their expressions, as when they deemed right.


Chai, G 2012, ‘NUS law scholar faces disciplinary inquiry for explicit blog posts’, viewed on 21 Feb 2013, <http://sg.news.yahoo.com/nus-student-posts-shockingly-erotic–gross-photos-.html>.

Media Issues: Facebook Racism Critique


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Singapore, a multiracial country, where more than 5 nationalities and races live together as one nations. The mixture of differences from various cultures coming together to form one unique Singapore culture. A country like Singapore has to be very particular about racial & religious comments, whereby comments in public is strictly monitored by the public audience, themselves.

Amy Cheong, an assistant director of National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), made a racist comment which sparked a public outcry of her criticism. The use of social media has enabled convenience for us to reach out to our friends, but our comments do not impact ourselves or just our social circle. Our conduct and ethics on the virtually shared world has implications on our shared neighbors.

‘We freely like or dislike anything and everything, provide an array of details and images from our private lives, and overshare a variety of information that was once unthinkable for public consumption.’ (Cain, K 2012) We share things so freely now that information seems to flow faster than we thought it has been.


The New Paper 2012,’NTUC sacks woman who made racist post on Facebook’, viewed on 20th Feb 2013, <http://www.tnp.sg/content/ntuc-sacks-woman-who-made-racist-post-facebook&gt;.

Cain, K 2012,’The Negative Effects of Facebook on Communication’,viewed on 21 Feb 2013, <http://socialmediatoday.com/kcain/568836/negative-effects-facebook-communication&gt;.

Media Issues: Magazine Cover Photoshop gone wrong


(source: my.entertainment.yahoo.com)

iWeekly is a weekly Chinese magazine published by MediaCorp. iWeekly was published, on the 17 Feb 2013, and a photoshop mistake was found on the cover page. This is a print publication where design may have been well-intended, but due to the mistake made, could cost MediaCorp a little on their reputation.

The picture here shows that the arm of Fann Wong, a 42 year-old actress, has an “exceptionally long arm”. The neck due to the photoshop, has also been “lengthened”. ‘The picture quickly went viral with over 400 shares within an hour of it being published.’ (Oon, J 2013)

‘Photoshop is the magic wand that comes to everyone’s rescue when they want to chop off certain elements from a picture or change the background of an image or retouch facial elements.’ (Sindhu 2013, flashuser.net), but if handled incorrectly if could become a mockery or “entertainment” for others.


Sindhu 2013,’5 Common Photoshop Mistakes Beginners Must Avoid’, viewed on 20th Feb 2013, <http://www.flashuser.net/5-common-photoshop-mistakes-beginners-must-avoid&gt;.

The Rapid Technological Advancement


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The constant rise of technologies from mobile hardwares to Internet to blogging and now, social media dominion. From the previous years, mobile phones were used mainly for basic calls and simple text messaging. Later on after the introduction of Internet, technologies have advanced rapidly from computer desktop to laptop. Following the improvement of smart phones, to e-readers such as Kindles and iPads. For blogs and various social media platforms such as Facebook, Linkedin, YouTube has proved to be very useful in our global virtual converged market.



These technological advancement has definitely changed the way we communicate with each other. Our social circles were generally our families and friends before the introduction of Internet. Marketing and sales were within countries unless traded across the continents through the skies or the seas. Information can only be obtained from traditional libraries, with limited number of books on the shelves.

Internet, weblogs, social media platforms and online chat tools now enables us to communicate across continents in seconds, and also enables us to seek more information from an “unlimited” amount of resources shared among the virtual communities. Marketing and sales of products and services are much accessible than the past.

The result of having multiple platforms gives people more choices to choose from. For this reason, designers will have to start considering the possible platforms clients will be using and cater to each category of users. This probably will result in more efforts to target the same previous group of audience.

Web Design Theories

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1. Defining the web elements

A web layout has many elements to it, before a layout is laid out. Elements such as amount of texts needed, pictures and white spacing in between can help visitors to better scan and read your website. Define such elements, before moving on to the placement and positioning of most important details such as Company Logo, navigations, pictures and texts.

2. Defining your page goal

Every page should have its specific goal it wants to achieve. For example, homepage should be a page where it gives an overview of the latest news of a company. An objective for that specific page can help determine your navigations correctly and effectively.

3. Setting the Navigations

Navigations are ways in which users can use them to reach another page or resource. An effective webpage should at least have a main navigation bar where across the webpages, it is part of being consistent and helpful to visitors, as to where they are currently in. After these 3 steps are defined, your webpages should no longer have any  isolated page, also known as orphan page.

4. Typography

Typographic fonts are very important for readability, there is no best way of using serif or sans serif fonts. In general, Scribe Consulting (2013), suggests that ‘Serif fonts are usually easier to read in printed works than sans-serif fonts’ and use sans serif typography for online work. Below is a picture to differentiate serif and sans serif fonts.

sanserif serif (source: scribe.com.au)

sans serif font /   serif font

It depends on who is your audience, and what the intended audience want to see. According to Gregory, A (2009), a few considerations in mind for the typography to work.

  1. It’s the client’s preference.
  2. It suits the company’s services
  3. It may work well with the design.


Kyrnin, J 2013, ‘Basics of Web Layout’, viewed on 14 Feb 2013, <http://webdesign.about.com/od/layout/a/aa062104.htm&gt;.

Gregory, A 2009, ‘Serif Fonts Vs. Sans Serif Fonts: A Working Case Study’, viewed on 13 Feb 2013, <http://www.sitepoint.com/serif-fonts-vs-sans-serif-fonts-a-working-case-study/&gt;.

Scribe Consulting 2013, ‘Serif and sans-serif fonts’, viewed on 14 Feb 2013, <http://www.scribe.com.au/tip-w017.html&gt;.