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Daily Work

It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times!

Life around me is changing a lot for last few months. Some of these were too fast that they became history before I noticed. Some of these were too long seemed like never ending! I saw people – how they act and how they react! Some actions were interesting, some were heartbreaking. But somehow they were good for me.

I’ve learnt once again nothing is so important in life!

These days I am working lot. I don’t know for what but I am always in a hurry. I am working with the establishment of a dedicated digital advertising agency which I think is going to be something new in bangladesh.

The Prothom Alo blog which was my last project in my previous office got published few weeks ago. That was another dream project for me but I don’t know why… I didn’t feel any excitement watching that live.

Life is changing, so I am!

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Daily Work

The New Robi Font

One of the most popular local telco Aktel re-branded themselves to Robi from 28 March 2010. It was the most massive commercial event of present advertising history.

I came to know about the new brand name by 15 February though it was something top level secret. Suddenly I found myself so special when they offered me to design and develop a new type font for this new brand. It was totally a new experience for me.

The maximum share of Robi is owned by Axiata. So Robi is using Axiata’s brand identity and guideline. I had to follow the style of Axiata Book, a branded Roman font they are using for their identities.

The time was too limited and I was new, but that made me desperate. I met the first deadline with a complete developed font which they refused. After that the present one came with the effort of another few sleepless nights. I am grateful to my dearest friend and to Rifat Nabi.

So, when I see a billboard saying ‘apnar aktel ekhon robi’ or ‘jole uthun apon shoktite’ or some other sentences in Axiata Bangla font, I do remember the hardest works and loveliest memories 🙂

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Daily Work Insight Madness Sleepless Universe

Am I going to be famous?

The new Prothom Alo website was launched last 16 September. Within last two weeks we have experienced ‘something’ which are really very new to all of us. Prothom Alo had published an ad on that day in their printed newspaper announcing the lunching of their new website which has brought million of visitors to the newly launched website.

According to Alexa, on this day Prothom-Alo.com got the highest visitors within it’s present history. That was wonderful; again alarming for us. We should agree that we had some limitations which has caused sufferings for many visitors – they simply didn’t able to reach the website.

But within few hours we were able to fix most of the primary obstacles. After that we start getting feedbacks from the users. We received more than three thousands of feedback within just 48 hours! It’s true there were some feedback criticising the new design, some of them were really worth taking and we are still trying to combine them to the website.

Well, today Prothom Alo published an article about this new website. They mentioned our name in the article… ha ha ha! Am i going to be famous? It’s something new to me and the truth is I am feeling good.

Thanks Prothom Alo!

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Daily Work Insight Sleepless Typography Universe

prothom-alo.com : a milestone!

prothom-alo
this was the very first screen shot of latest prothom alo website. till now it has changed lot...

i am congratulating myself… the new prothom-alo.com is live now!

a year back when i first got the call from the daily star, it was like a dream to me. last one year i’ve passed half of my office time watching the news sites. i am still doing the same thing and comparing my work with the standard of the leading news sites and found that may be i’ve fulfill a dream of mine somehow but it’s still far way to go! prothom alo is the highest visited website of the country. so the plan was making it the biggest news website of the country. I was so pleased that people chose to stop here after perhaps a game of online bingo (www.foxybingo.com) or in between checking their emails. i know there are still lot of opportunities to serve the users but i hope this’d be an example. i am still studying and hope the next one would be definitely better and i am waiting to tell you about that.

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Daily Work Love Madness Sleepless Universe

still in love with the idea of love…

For last few months I’ve published two posts on average in every month, but this month nothing yet. I was thinking lot to write something… few words or few lines. But nothing came up. So what happened to me? The season is changing… winter has come. So it’s foggy sometime… specially at night on my way back home I enjoy it. I am working hard… sometime harder. The newspaper site going to be live within few days, I got another project from a multinational organization…I’ve designed, gave name to a website for one my colleague. So I think I am doing good… and still in love with the idea of love… hahaha…

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Daily Work Process Typography

Working with typography :: the full set

bangla typography

The post working with typography got the highest visit among all the posts of this blog. It’s really wonderful. I am really grateful to them who commented there. They inspired me to create the full set of the typography. It’s really a work of patience. I could find many problems in the set after completing it. The more I am working with it, more I am learning. Hopefully I am going to make it as a ‘font’ so that I can use it when I type a sentence. It’ll need some more detailing and I also have to learn a font creating software. I’ll keep a copy here so that people can download it and check it. so keep in touch.

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Daily Work Madness Process Typography

work scope

sometime actually most of the time when I work, I feel myself so lucky that I have the opportunity to work (one thing should be clear: here work means which will bring you some money, food or fame or some other materialistic benefits). Leisure is good but it’s a really awful when you don’t have anything to do for a long time. So let us discuss how to make opportunities to work and definitely I’ll talk here from the perspective of a graphic designer.

1. Most importantly you need a job… no matter how much they are paying you. You need a platform to learn and show your talent.
2. It’s my belief that in this universe very few people are extra ordinary talented… real creative and definitely I am not among them. So when I work I never try to do any extra ordinary thing… don’t think that this work is going to be a milestone… I just try to understand what the client wants to say, I try to imagine a visual which ten other ordinary people also able to do. It always helps to reduce the pressure of the work.
3. Don’t be silent… share your ideas with your friends, colleagues… even sometime with the rickshaw pullers. It’ll help you to expand your work scope.
4. Patience is too important for a designer… there is no alternative. So keep practicing typography lot… it’ll help you to increase your skill and patience both.
5. Don’t give up any scope of work unless you are in a huge pressure. Sometime work just as volunteer… it helps building reputation.

Ha ha ha… so clever and wise writing! Did I ever follow any of these? I know you have your own way of working. Just keep the faith on you… you’ll be the part of the next history…

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Daily Work Friendship Universe

Big bang!!!

Sigh… I know its 9 april but don’t know which day it is. Last 8 days I just had one thinking in my mind… even when I dreamed in my sleep, I just saw this thing. It’s over now and suddenly I have nothing to do… silence after the big bang! Nothing was perfect but somehow it’s okay. There were hundreds of mistakes in the catalog, the website still incomplete, there was no dhaki (folk drummer) and so the rally was almost silent. The food was readymade, not that much tasty. Lot of problems in the management but I don’t know why many of my friends thanked for the effort. Most of the senior said it was superb. Teachers said they even didn’t imagine that much could be happened in such short time… it’s like a milestone. I am happy because I myself even didn’t expect that much. There was hundreds of crisis, obstacles… but now nothing seems impossible. Well, I wanted to publish a post and let my readers know about the exhibition. But I am sorry, I didn’t get the time.

I’ve learnt few things:
1. work let you forget everything, even it’ll let you forget yourself.
2. you should have a ‘rhino skin’ if you are a part of the management of an event.
3. duniya shokter vokto, noromer jom
4. sobai to amra amrai. Doshe-gune achi, thaki na kichudin…

09.04.08, 23:55
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Daily Work Process

unhappy :(

I am working with a corporate brochure for last several days… and I am feeling very bad that the work isn’t going well. I am thinking something and I could visualize it inside me but I can’t express it with my paper and pencil… It’s a very painful situation. I am thinking and thinking… thinking even in my sleep. I hope it’ll come to a conclusion but I don’t know when. May be soon I can show you something…

 

rough layout
[ these two drawings are some sort of my thinking but very far from the real one… do you have any suggestion? ]