Octwelve – A Web Designer's Blog by Luc Melgar

My First Mac ♥♥♥

October 10th, 2010 · 17 Comments ·

I finally gave in and got myself an early present…a shiny new MacBook Pro! ^_^


My gigantic desktop replacement laptop is too big for me now. I seldom use it for graphic design anymore. What I need now is a lightweight and powerful laptop for blogging, browsing, graphic design, and something I can bring along when meeting a client. What I need now is a portable computer!

I think the MacBook Pro 13” is right on for me.

There are many powerful and cheap laptops out there that can give me what I need…STOP! – I heard that quackery before! hihi

Maybe it’s some kind of a designer or geek intuition that I’d be better with a Mac. I switched to Mac even if I’ve never used one before for 3 reasons:

  1. I love the design. I love the simplicity. The minimalist design looks cool and elegant as well. It’s slim and lightweight.
  2. Designers I look up to use Macs ☺ I have to find out myself why. Does Mac make you a better designer? Not really. But as a designer, I like all things beautiful. I tell you, you’ll be more productive if you are happy with your equipment and surrounding.
  3. Great support. I’m very happy with the support I get from Apple. I kinda feel safe if it’s Apple. I think it’s less troublesome than PC.

I’ll post a MacBook Pro 13” review later on.


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What is WebP? Will WebP kill the JPEG star?

October 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment ·

WebP (pronounced as “weppy”) is the new photo format under development by Google. It is said to reduce file size by 40% compared to JPEGs. Google is working hard to make this the new standard. The goal is simple – to make the web faster. This will make a big impact on how we designers work. We can produce better looking images that loads faster. :)

If that happens, we’ll have a faster web experience, reduced bandwidth and hosting costs.  I can also store 40% more pics in my sdcard now! :P

The New Twitter is here!!

September 17th, 2010 · No Comments ·

Twitter has announced a major redesign. But when can we use it? Anyways, check out the new twitter video here :)

Photography Book: Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

September 14th, 2010 · No Comments ·

Finally got a hold of this photography book by Bryan Peterson! I’ve been hunting it down as this has been the most recommended beginner’s photography book. I’m super happy I found it in Riceball camera book shop at Funan! Trust me it’s not a restaurant! Let’s see where this book takes me. :)

Photoshoot at Bintan, Indonesia

September 11th, 2010 · 10 Comments ·

Just wanna share with you some of my favorite shots I’ve taken from my last vacation at Bintan, Indonesia.

L’s gettin’ ready

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Collection of the Best Designed iPhone App Websites

July 13th, 2010 · 9 Comments ·

There is a common design element in every iPhone App websites. The design is very simple, redundant you can say but admit it, it clicks in the modern web design trend. I’d describe them as simple, direct, pleasing, and “Apple”.  Here are my picks for the best designed iPhone app websites.







Tea Round

Tea Round

Old Booth

Old Booth

Mobile Air Mouse Pro

Mobile Air Mouse Pro

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June 28th, 2010 · No Comments ·

I’mquisitive is the brainchild of 48 creative minds. It’s an event sparked off by our want to bring inquisitiveness back into your life. What better way to do so then to get you to explore and re-examine your 5 senses with us? We promise to bring your sensory experience to greater heights. Apart from that, our event showcases inspiring workshops, interactive exhibits and quizzes guaranteed to keep you entertained!

Everyone, regardless of who they are, has an inborn curiosity within them. Our list of speakers is no different. Though they ply their trades in a diverse range of fields, they all have one thing in common— following their inquisitiveness to bring design to a whole new level.

Chef André Chiang
Gavin Lim
Pann Lim
Reinar Rivera
Kelley Cheng

To hear their 5 sense worth, come on and sign up for these inspiring workshops at enquiries@imquisitive.com. The first 20 people to register for each workshop will take home attractive I’mquisitive gifts!

Where & When

Date: 30th June (Soft-Launch), 1st-4th July

Operating Hours: 10.30am – 9.30pm daily except on 2nd July when it will end at 6pm for the official launch for invited guests
Venue: Raffles City Shopping Centre, City Square, Level 3

Do visit their website at http://www.i’mquisitive.com for more details. See you there!


Food photo blog #1

June 9th, 2010 · 1 Comment ·

Hey guys! So it’s been 7 months since my last post….:( Sorry bout that.  My excuse? Same old lame excuse – busy, no time, tired, blah blah blah. Anyways, I’ve taken a nice shot of my favorite food in Singapore. I hope to take some more and get into food photography.

I forgot about blogging but I will never forget the…..chili crab! ^_^

Graphic Design Basics Book

November 7th, 2009 · 19 Comments ·

I have 9 years of design experience behind me but would you believe that I don’t have any idea about the fundamentals of design nor do I have a formal education of it. I just design based on what I think is beautiful and usable.

I felt like reading something I can bring anywhere with me. I’m tired of staring at the monitor. So I went to Basheer Graphic Book shop and grab myself a copy of Designs Basic Index by Jim Krauss. I found myself reading it every morning in the bus on my way to office. Just as the title says, it’s all about the basics of designs.

This book is not the ‘show-off’ type which features the trendy and stylish designs out there. It covers the fundamentals of design from typography and color to layout and business issues. What I like the most is the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of designing. My design practices changed after applying what I’ve learned from this book. Designing is not about the rules, but knowing the essentials can help you come up with an aesthetically and effective design. I’ve learned new things on this book. It’s a worthwhile read for beginners and also a great reference for advanced designers.

Don’t stop learning! ^_^

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The Nuffnang Blog Awards 2009

October 27th, 2009 · 9 Comments ·

Finally, the carpet has been rolled and winners have been announced. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it.  But I still want to thank you all for voting and supporting me.  I know I’m the winner for you guys haha! That’s enough for me. Thanks! :) Too bad I didn’t have many pictures with my favorite bloggers! There were so many people that night. I felt so shy!! Ugh! Here’s a secret ….I hate wearing dresses!!

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