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Sắp tròn một tuổi

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Hôm nay mình nhận được email renew domain kanipoly.com mới nhận ra cái blog này sắp tròn một tuổi. Giật mình thảng thốt :(( Một năm trước quyết định làm cái blog này một phần để thúc đẩy bản thân làm việc, một phần làm portfolio tiện cho việc show sản phẩm design. Trong suốt một năm qua,  những gì mình làm được không nhiều và đây cũng chỉnh là lý do mình khá thất vọng.

Những gì làm được

  • Có một cái portfolio ngon nghẻ – Gửi portfolio này đi đâu cũng khiến khách hàng bị thích mắt và bị thuyết phục. <3
  • 5102 Views. (Chả hiểu ai vào cái blog này làm gì :)) )
  • 15 bài viết.
  • Design được kha khá Infographic nhờ blog này.
  • Làm 30 Days Design Challenge x2  và đây Link album facebook

Những gì chưa làm được

  • Tập trung nghiên cứu một lĩnh vực – Trong suốt gần một năm qua, mình lơ thơ tha thẩn khắp nơi từ Niche Site đến Design, rồi Motion Graphic, Tiếng Anh, Tiếng Đức, Truyền Thông Thị Giác, đi làm thiết kế cho một Trung tâm thiết kế, làm thiết kế cho một Spa 5 sao, Dropship, chùa Hương, chùa Cát Linh, hàng ăn, bể bơi, học Thuyết trình kể chuyện của Toa Tàu, đi vài cái hội thảo… Hậu quả là cái gì cũng biết nhưng mình chẳng giỏi cái gì cả.
  • Viết bài thường xuyên – Blog mốc meo, không có email báo renew chắc sang năm mới động vào.
  • Update portfolio thường xuyên – Do một số khách hàng thích bí mật nên mình không thể show sản phẩm, và đôi lúc để chiều ý khách hàng, sản phẩm không được như mong muốn của mình.

Việc cần làm

  • Quyết định mình nên tập trung vào cái gì.
  • Update portfolio

How to be creative? Do you know?

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I’m creative

Kani Poly personality

I’m very embarrassed to say “I’m creative” but I must believe it and I can see it on my personality test. I don’t have an independent mind, because I always listen to the ideas of others, but I can be proud of myself that I always try to find out the solutions, think different way.

So what is the creativity?

You absolutely have a lot of questions about the creativity.

  • How can be more creative?
  • Is it difficult to be creative?
  • If I can’t not be creative, what can I do?
  • I feel stuck, I have no idea.

I have these questions, too. I always wonder if we have a formula, it’s very great, it creates new values not only for personal life, but also for all the world. Science, economy, art, technology…

Creativity = Novelty + Useful

the more you use the more you have

The way to be creative

You know the definition of the creativity, you will know how to be creative, just use the formula. Great, right?

31 ways how to be creative infographic

What I do in order to be creative

I’m a designer, I start 30 days design challenge. It’s not only about the creativity, but also improve my skill a lot. I think everyone can start their own challenge, not only design, how’s about photos, draw, write blogs… It’s very interesting. And you have your own way how to be creative.

At this time, I have a challenge, not only myself, a challenge with my friend. I feel very happy when I have a companion, who try with me everyday, when I want to give up, this person forces me to do what I need to to, and I also the trainer, too. When I finish this challenge, I’ll publish it. Today is day 14 of the challenge so I’ll publish it soon.

My plan:

  • Publish Do it together – Another design challenge – 26-Mar-2015
  • Write a series about Visual Communication
  • Write about Infographic

Some exercises or resources that you can you use to apply in your life – How to be creative?

  1. Write a story in 6 words. That you know Hemingway Really wrote His Famous SixWord Story: For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
  2. Join a class. Ignite your everyday creativity is a good choice. It’s free and very useful, I’m learning this course now.



Results Phase – Clarifying What’s Important

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I’m studying an online class, and my assignment received these feedback. I’m so interested in it and want to share on my blog although my assignment is not perfect. Thanks you, my peers <3

peer 1 → Results Phase – Clarifying What’s Important

2A. Critical Events —

Your story of the critical events in your life reads beautifully. It is like the opening of a flower. You have identified events that opened your eyes and opened your mind and let you see that you have choices about what you want to be and where you want your life to go. (1)

2B. Leadership Vision —

Your vision of perfectly aligned domains is beautiful. I’d like to see or hear more about what that looks like, to act physically in all four circles at once. Your vision is ambitious and grand, but that’s where visions start. The numbers you see in the future, that of billions of tourists and millions of successful business might be a slight exaggeration, but again, that’s where visions start. You have hope and you have ambition. (1)

2C. Four Circles —

Your circles are all aligned so I assume that you can, indeed, act physically in all four at the same time. Keep an eye on this as you progress to see if one doesn’t slip aside at some time. You did not add any information about the picture’s meaning, or what you might change by experimenting, nor did you ask for feedback, but I do think you might benefit at some time by going through this exercise again. (0)

2D. 4-Way Attention Chart —

Your response was a question mark on this and I suspect it might be because you could not transfer the diagram to the answer block. there is not enough information to comment here. (0)

2E. Consequences of your choices —

Your responses to this section reflect that your four circles might not be as well aligned as your chart shows. There might be a point where your family and self are not totally engaged. (1)

2F. Satisfaction —

Your satisfaction scale indicates that you are much more satisfied with your “community” domain (8) than you are with work (5) home/family (5) or self (5). As you move on through this course, go back to the four circles diagram from time to time. Consider, too, whether or how the community domain affects your earlier stated vision. Does it supersede your Work/School domain? or your Family domain? or even your self domain? (1) I wish you much good luck in exploring your future through this class and I love the way your life is opening up to new possibilities.
Joan Lamson

peer 2 → Results Phase – Clarifying What’s Important

Your sharing on the events shaping your life was appreciated. Your have big visions and big dreams, very clearly laid out and identified. I was wondering here, what actions are you going to take to achieve this? Are you presently taking the steps you need to take? If not, what is stopping you? Not doing the excise on the four way chat was unfortunate. It would have highlighted what was the area of importance and what you are presently focused on. I was not sure if I was misunderstanding your writing on your vision and your domain of satisfaction, but I was not seeing the alignment between your work and the amount of time you were spending. I was thinking you would have been more satisfied here. Looking at the four circles, I really could not follow how you had them all aligned? Maybe like me, you misunderstood the exercise. Some questions on getting to alignment, how do you think you can get these aligned? What do you think will happen if you don’t get alignment? Thanks for sharing and best of luck.

New words for me

  • the opening of a flower – mở đầu của một bông hoa
  • a slight exaggeration – một sự cường điệu nhẹ
  • very clearly laid out and identified – rất rõ ràng và được xác định

And here’s http://www.myfourcircles.com/

This website is very useful to discover different parts of your life. Hope someone visits my site and find something useful.


30 days design challenge – Part 3 – Final

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Yeahhhhh!!! Finally I finish this Challenge. It took me a lot of time and energy, but it’s very fun and I feel I level up, as a Super Saiya. Just kidding, but you know this feeling:

A genius is only a normal person knows how to become a Super Saiya.

You can see 2 previous parts of 30 days design challenge here:

Now, let see my daily challenge from day 21 to day 30

Day 21: Cosmic Abstract with Kani Poly Logo

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Day 22: Dynamic art using glows and lighting effects

It’s my photo. I’m Super Saiya :v

Create dynamic art using glows and lighting effects

Day 23: I don’t know what I should call it :'(. My photo again.

30 days design challenge day 23

Day 24: A crab

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Day 25: My Vector Portrait in Illustrator

Vector Portrait in Illustrator

Day 26: My Vector Portrait in Illustrator

I do it along a tutorial of Diana Toma

Tomato Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Day 27: Portrait Painting

Portrait Photo Into a Painting

Day 28: Fantasy Miniature World in Photoshop


Day 29: My Vector Portrait in Illustrator

Donut  Kani Poly

Day 30: Vector Painting – Robin – Finalllll <3


Robin Vector Painting

I also record the process I draw it. You can see here

Speed vector painting – Robin



30 days design challenge – Part 2

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The beginning

As you know, I set up a 30 days design challenge for myself and it’s very easy at the beginning. I’m curious and enthusiastic, everyday I design with my heart and T want to make it a good habit – design new thing everyday – train my brand, my eyes and my hands. It’s going well till about the day 15, I had a trip to take pre-wedding photos with my friends (Tung&Tao’s Pre-Wedding ) and I could not design at this day, then 2 days more, I was so tired and lazy. And then day 24, I also miss the deadline… But now I must keep on doing to finish my challenge. And next part, I will write more about what I design everyday, not only show an image – a result, but also the process.

Day 11: I use Brush to create the trees, from trunk, boughs and leaves

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Day 12: Draw text Kani Poly with Watermelon effect

I do it along a tutorial, and it’s very easy but the result is beautiful.

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Day 13: Text POLY with 3d effect

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 Day 14: A logo with a deer

It’s quite simple. If I do it again, I will add more details .

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 Day 15: Turn a photo to oil painting effect

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 Day 16: Money effect

I plan to make a Kani’s Dollar, but it takes a lot of time, and I don’t want to use the American Dollar, so I decide to just make money effect. If I have a chance, I will make Kani’s Dollar.

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Day 17: Use some new effects with photos

They are all my photos. It’s very fun to make new effects with romantic colors like that.

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Day 18: A crab with old effect.

I use bumper and grunge to make this effect. Like a old tattoo.

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Day 19: Retouch my photo

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Day 20: Retouch a photo, movie effect

30 days design challenge 20

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30 days design challenge – Part 1

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Phew, at this time, I’m busy as a bee, a stupid bee. And I hate it so much. What I need to do now is focusing on important things, big stones – not small stones or rubbles.

I start 30 days design challenge to create new things everyday, learn and train my design skill.

Day 1: Myself

Use Photoshop to do some manip. Actually, it’s not successful as I hope but I have learn some new adjustment skill in Photoshop.

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Day 2: Text effect

I want the bluer light , this pic is so yellow. Quite interesting when you can create something like that.



Day 3: Universe

It’s a strange experience. I’ve never done this style before, and it’s quite complicated, symetry, colorful.
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Day4: A pet

I use a reference photo of a pub and create vector on Illustrator.


Day 5 : Magic is believing in your self. If you can do that, you can make everything happen.

I do a tutorial and change the quote I want.

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Day 6: Happy new delicious year!

Another text effect.


Day 7: Text effect – Christmas Cake

I think I’ll do it again and make a template or mockup to use it with another shape, logo,.. etc.


Day 8: A cupcake

It’s like digital painting . My cupcake is not similar as a real cupcake but it’s fabulous, right?


Day 9: I don’t know how to call it

But it’s a new experience, again, so interesting, although this texture is not good enough.



Day 10: Lighting and cloud

Hummm, quite hard.



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Kani Poly’s first Post

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This is the first post on my blog. And maybe nobody reads it, nobody knows about this blog. But it’s OK, because it’s my blog and it starts my new life. And the first post maybe has a lot of mistakes that I make, but it’s OK again, because I start blogging to improve myself, to become better, it’ll show how hard I try, how I can change myself.

As you know, self-actualization is the highest floor in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. And now I decide to become a self-actualizer, I’m living creatively and fully using my potentials. Today, I’m still a chicken, and I’m training to become an eagle.

I thought about the name of this category: “self-improvement” is a good choice. And then “nurture yourself”. I feel I’m still be a kid and it’s very nice to nurture myself like nurturing a kid. “Self-actualization” is also an intriguing category. In summary, although “self-improvement”, “nurture yourself” or “self-actualization”, or anything else, they are the same, just different in the name how we call it, but they are similar and the most important here is You really live the life you want.

Sometimes I ask myself “do I need to try a lot like that?”, you know – being a chicken is quite good, peace and don’t need to think much, but being a chicken means you can not decide the way you live, you depend on other, and do the normal things. Everybody knows you only live once, so why I choose just to be a chicken, right? It depends on other’s opinions, different person has different idea about his life. I really want to dream big, do magnificent things, make other’s life better, so I want to become an eagle. Although I was born as a little chicken, effeminate, stupid and poor. But I still want to try. Maybe it takes me a longtime, but I’m happy with it.

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Just do it and see what can you do, Kani!