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General Assembly Boston, Intro to HTML/CSS

General Assembly Boston | Made by Lillian Lee | Design & Illustration

Honestly, I wish the class had been longer.

Front-end web development is not entirely new to me. In my previous life, I was a web monkey but that was eons ago. A lot has changed in the world of HTML and CSS since I first started. So this intro to HTML/CSS course offered by General Assembly Boston was the refresher I needed.

I learned more about HTML5 and responsive sites.

Now, I want to learn more.

Thanks to an engaging instructor @KrishnaRSampath and thanks to @bengitscode for answering my CSS question during the Q&A at the end.

2017 E-mail Inbox Re-Organization

my now-beautiful work e-mail folder structure

Recently, an article on Fast Company caught my eye.

I’m forever looking for better processes and ways to organize. This article really opened up my eyes to other methods I hadn’t considered. Previously, I had everything organized by project. The problem with that was my folder structure was ballooning and there were some messages that could fall into multiple categories…which wouldn’t be a problem in Gmail with the tag options, but in Outlook that doesn’t seem to be a possibility.

And so the idea of having only just 5 folders seemed impossible, but I’ve been giving it a try for the past few days and I have to say that it works – as long as you’re strict about moving messages without letting them build up in the inbox.

The gist of it is that the only 5 folders needed are

  1. Inbox
  2. Today
  3. This Week
  4. This Month
  5. FYI

I did, however, add two more – HR and Newsletters. But that was it. Read more about it below:

The Only Five Email Folders Your Inbox Will Ever Need
Stop “organizing” your emails by subject and start thinking of them in terms of deadlines. Read More >>

I Choose You, Macbook Pro…2015

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In the end, I couldn’t justify the $4K end price configuration for the new Macbook Pro. I’ve been on the fence. I mean, who doesn’t want to get the shiniest, newest model? But, there were some things that I couldn’t get past:

  1. Touchbar with ID sensor. it’s not a compelling enough feature. maybe it will be 3 iterations down the line, but at it’s early inception, I can’t imagine making use of it.
  2. elimination of USB ports. I don’t want to live in dongle-land given that I use a lot of USB devices
  3. no more MagSafe. I trip over the power adapter cable so often that it’s a must-have. why would Apple get rid of that?

So,  the 2015 model it is!

WBUR Thanksgiving “New Yorker” Cartoon Greeting

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustration

It was nice to get the chance to put my illustration/cartoon skills to use.

WBUR‘s major gifts department wanted a fun greeting in the vein of a New Yorker cartoon. They came up with a great idea and I went to town working up a couple turkeys and also incorporating the WBUR Listen app into the art at the same time.

Do I Want the new Macbook Pro?

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I’m over the excitement of the new Macbook Pro 🙁

The loss of USB ports and the insignificant spec upgrade really bummed me out especially after the Microsoft Surface Studioannouncement the day before – now that machine looked snazzy…and looked like a real upgrade. Seriously, Apple, what’s up with the incremental improvements?

Everything became clear when someone posted on Twitter that if you buy the iPhone 7, you’re not going to even be able to connect it to the new Macbook Pro – unless you get a dongle. That’s kinda messed up.

So, what am I gonna do? Get the previous model of Macbook Pro instead…or iMac – I’m on the fence of having something stationary or portable still. But, anything will be an upgrade from my mid-2009 Macbook Pro. That thing is a beast on the verge of bursting into flames.

Plus, I hate dongles.

Animobotz MimoPowerBot by Mimoco at CES 2016

 

It’s so great to see the little guys I designed for Mimoco show at this years’s CES.

These 5200mAh portable power banks have enough power to charge up your phone and tablet.

Poster Artwork for Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustration

This was actually a fun project to work on. Now and then, I donate my time and services to organizations that make a difference and the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center is definitely one of these organizations.

They reached out to me needing help with their 30th Annual Oak Street Fair poster. They needed something fun and bright — geared for children and families.

I knew I wanted to depict an outdoor scene of some sort and that I wanted colors. I enjoyed playing with the type and figuring out ways to lay out the text because there was a lot of it especially with the accompanying Chinese characters. So, I broke it up into sections like the grass section and utilizing graphics like the watermelons — the watermelon eating contest is a highlight of the event.

I worked through a few iterations getting feedback from the client and keeping in mind that these would be printed in-house so no-no to colored backgrounds, which was important to know.

I’m pretty happy with the way it came out in the end.

Work Featured on Behance’s MassArt Portfolios Website

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Yay! My alma mater showing me some love today. Keep it coming 🙂

Congrats: Your Work Has Been Featured on MassArt Portfolios

Congratulations Lillian,

You’ve been featured on MassArt Portfolios.

Our curatorial team features a small number of projects to appear on the front of our gallery each day. We only pick the best work that effectively promotes the MassArt Portfolios community.

The MassArt Portfolios Curatorial Team

Domo X Mimoco

“Japan’s Most Famous TV Mascot Makes Its Way to the Mimoco Universe”

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustrationDomo MIMOBOT USB flash drive print advertisement

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustrationDomo MIMOBOT USB flash drive character design and plastic tube packaging design

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustrationDomo MIMOBOT USB flash drive character design, plastic tube, and blister packaging design for retail

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustration
Limited edition Domo 7-Eleven USB flash drive product & character design

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustration
Limited edition Domo 7-Eleven USB flash drive product, character, and blister packaging design

 

Domo, the official mascot of Japan’s public broadcaster NHK which appeared in several 30-second stop-motion interstitial sketches shown as station identification during shows, made its way to US shores and to the Mimoco universe of fun and function tech gadgets. The well-loved character was transformed into MIMOBOT USB flash drive form with three kick-off designs — original, rasta, and ninja.

The character was eventually able to return to its own iconic shape with a sculpted, rubber molded USB flash drive to coincide with 7-Eleven‘s Domo promotion of Slurpee drinks and drink accessories in 2009. These special, limited edition drives were preloaded with Domo episodes.

Working closely with Big Tent Entertainment, character designs, packaging, print collateral, advertising, digital artwork, web design, and tradeshow booth banners were developed for the series launch.

Role
Advertising, Character Design, Design Direction, Illustration, Packaging, Print, Printed Collateral, Product Design, Project Management

Project Date
2007

DC Comics X Mimoco

“Superheroes Transform Into Fun & Functional Tech Gadgets to Protect Data”

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustration
Limited edition vintage Batman USB flash drive character design

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustration
DC Comics MIMOBOT USB flash drive window box packaging design

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustration
Batman “The Dark Knight Rises” MIMOBOT USB flash drive preloaded digital art (desktop & mobile wallpapers, icons and avatars)

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustration
DC Comics MimoMicro USB card reader sculpted character designs

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustration
DC Comics MimoMicro USB card reader blister packaging design

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustration
DC Comics X Green Lantern MIMOBOT USB flash drive print advertisement

The partnership with DC Comics launched with a limited edition release of a Batman MIMOBOT USB flash drive styled after the iconic character’s first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939.

With the success of the series, more characters from the Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman properties were released and additional product offerings were introduced such as sculpted MimoMicro USB card readers.

Working closely with the Warner Bros. licensing team, character designs, packaging, print collateral, advertising, digital artwork, web design, and tradeshow booth banners were developed for the series launch.

Role
Advertising, Character Design, Design Direction, Illustration, Packaging, Print, Print Collateral, Product Design, Project Management

Project Date
2011

Mimoco Tradeshow Booth Design

“Meeting New Fans and Engaging with Current Fans from San Diego Comic Con to the Tokyo Toy Fair”

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustration

Spreading awareness of product is crucial and Mimoco focuses on tradeshows and conventions where product can be shown up close and personal and demonstrated.

Working closely with all licensing teams and internal teams such as tradeshow coordinators, marketing, web/social media, and warehouse team as well as upper level management team, Mimoco prepared for tradeshows and conventions with the biggest show of the year being San Diego Comic Con.

New releases would be revealed at San Diego Comic Con; new product categories would be showcased at CES; and product recognition would be spread to other retail and consumer tradeshows.

Booth design, tradeshow banners, signage, giveaways (such as apparel, stickers, buttons, and bags), product displays, and video/animated product spots were developed tailored for each specific show.

Role
Apparel, Design Direction, Illustration, Print, Print Collateral, Project Management, Tradeshow Design

Project Date
2012

Mimoco Catalog

“Showcasing the Latest and Greatest from Mimoco”

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustration

 

The 2012 collection of Mimoco product featured USB flash drives, card readers, apparel and accessories. The 36-page catalog reflected the fun and functional spirit of Mimoco product utilizing a comic book theme with sound bubble call-outs and a handwritten font.

The catalogs were distributed to tradeshow attendees, wholesalers, and press.

Role
Advertising, Character Design, Design Direction, Illustration, Packaging, Print, Print Collateral, Product Design, Project Management

Project Date
2012

Sanrio X Mimoco

“A Kawaii Juggernaut Meets Fun & Functional Tech with Mimoco”

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustration

Hello Kitty MIMOBOT USB flash drive character designs

made by Lillian Lee, design & illustration
Sanrio MIMOBOT USB flash drive character designs

Hello Kitty display case for Mimoco


Hello Kitty Loves Animals MIMOBOT USB flash drive character designs and box display packaging design

Hello Kitty box packaging with foil for Mimoco


Hello Kitty Loves Animals MIMOBOT USB flash drive  box packaging design

made by LILLIAN LEE | Design & Illustration
Hello Kitty MIMOBOT USB flash drive preloaded digital art (desktop/mobile wallpapers, icons, and avatars)

 

made by LILLIAN LEE | Design & Illustration
Hello Kitty USB flash drive print advertisment

 

Known for the world famous Hello Kitty character and their signature tagline “small gift, big smile,” Sanrio teamed up with Mimoco to up the cuteness factor on tech gadgets with MIMOBOT USB flash drives.

Working closely with the Sanrio licensing team, character designs, packaging, print collateral, advertising, digital artwork, web design, and tradeshow booth banners were developed for the series launch.

Visit the Sanrio X Mimoco Website

Role
Advertising, Character Design, Design Direction, Illustration, Packaging, Print, Print Collateral, Project Management

Project Date
2011