I don’t care about Iljimae or anything related to it, but I just saw the promo poster from over at Dramabeans, and I was so annoyed by the shot that I had to post. (Ah, the habits of an avid blogger.) As someone who is really OCD about typography on a piece, the font and font sized used for the “一枝梅” text bothers the crap out of me, so much so that I want to redo it myself. I don’t think it would take too much to fix it. If I were the graphic artist in charged, I’d change the font to one that looks more hand-written, reduce the size of the text dramatically, and place it closer towards Jung Il Woo on the poster.
Also, I wouldn’t leave the actor so far off the right of the frame, I’d bring him more towards the center as well. The way that the text is placed on the poster really makes you focus on a whole bigass block of text that you may or may not know the meaning of (it says “yi zhi mei,” which is the hanja for “Iljimae”). Yes, it’s important to know that this is going to be called “Iljimae” about the character, but for a large audience that may not be East Asian or know how to read Chinese characters, it’s a basic thing to know that the guy on the right playing the character is most important. Therefore, the text shouldn’t be stressed as much as it should be now.
This was taken by a fellow classmate during a journalism panel at our school yesterday. The panel consisted of (from left to right): Abderrahim Foukara of Al-Jazeera, Patrick Healy of the New York Times, Katty Kay of BBC News, Howard Goldberg of the Associated Press, and Jay Rosen of NYU. They talked about their experience of covering the campaign so far and it’s really amazing what they had to say. Some things I got away from it is that 01) journalists have freakishly amazing memories of when things happened, down to the month and year (but I guess that’s to be expected) 02) Jay Rosen loves to hear himself talk and 03) my anxiety about the election is totally reaching a breaking point. Nice.
First up is Lee Dong Gun. Lee Dong Gun has height to his advantage and I just think he looks SO COOL in that outfit. It’s kind of a I-can-wear-anything-I-want-and-still-look-good type of outfit. It’s so simple, which is the point. Nicely tailored pants is an instant plus for anybody, but specially on someone as tall as Lee Dong Gun… hmm. :P
Again, height helps with this outfit. I don’t like how matchy-matchy the vest and pants combo is, but I think the green shirt is a great touch. Brown shoes! You know my love for brown. And as you can see, the vest is one of those current fashion trends that can never, ever go wrong (unlike the pants-as-leggings trend).
The highlight of this photo isn’t Hyun Bin because I think his outfit is crappity crap. It’s odd and awkward. But look at Song Hye Kyo! The different proportions used in the outfit is really nice, and the shape & design of the skirt really makes this outfit. It could’ve easily been too simple, but the skirt added the right touch.
Yesterday was a lovely day. Cold, but not too cold (well, not until the night anyway) and the skies were clear. Had to go to the library to grab a book and then met up to film Seoulbeats schtuffs.
Songs I’m glad I know the lyrics to, despite feeling like dying when they subconsciously entered my brain:
– Nsync’s “Bye Bye Bye”
– SHINee’s “누난 너무 예뻐 (Replay)”
– Wonder Girls’ “So Hot”
– Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend”
Ah yeah, one guess as to where I was last night.
Currently listening to: Oldfish – 청개구리
Currently reading: Building Flawed American Dreams