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Alvinology wins a Silver at W3 Award 2010

Notice something different on my blog masthead?

I won a Silver Award for this year’s W3 Award for Project R – the wedding proposal I pulled off on this blog.

This came as great news, shortly after Rachel and I just celebrated our first anniversary cum shared birthday on 26 October.

Here’s the press release on the award win via omy.sg, Singapore Press Holdings:

omy.sg wins two Silvers in the 2010 W³ Awards

Singapore, 4 November 2010 omy.sg, the bilingual news and interactive web portal of Singapore Press Holdings, was awarded two Silvers in the 2010 W3 Awards. The winners were announced by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA) last month.

omy.sg secured a Silver for its Project R: wedding 2.0 (http://blog.omy.sg/alvinology/project-r) in the Viral Marketing – Blog category, and a Silver for its website (http://omy.sg) in the Website Features – Structure and Navigation category.

Entries were judged on a ten point scale by the judges. The highest award was Best in Show, followed by Gold and Silver. A category may have multiple winners, or no winners at all.

Websites were judged on their creativity, usability, navigation, functionality, visual design, and ease of use. Entries for the Marketing category, on the other hand, were judged by their creativity, impact, messaging, copywriting, and use of medium.

Associate Editor Lee Kuan Fung said: “We are honoured by the recognition from IAVA, one of the most respected associations around. Omy.sg will continue to break new grounds in providing the best value and highest quality for our users and advertisers.”

The W³ Awards honours creative excellence on the web, and recognises the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning sites, videos and marketing programs. It is judged by the IAVA, an invitation-only body consisting of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts. This year, it received more than 3,000 entries in the various categories. For more information, please refer to http://www.w3award.com.

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Thanks for the recognition IAVA. 🙂

On another note, some shameless plugging again – Rachel and I need your help to vote for one of our photo (daily if possible as they allow for one vote every 24 hours) for Citi Mobile’s “Take Your Bank Anywhere” Photo Contest to help us win a trip to anywhere in the World.

To vote, you need to click LIKE on the Citibank Singapore Facebook fan page first. Following which you can go to this page and vote for our photo titled “Checking out the nearest Citibank Gourmet Pleasure at ONE°15 Marina Club!”:

It's the picture with the yachts, don't vote wrongly! Thank you! :)
It's the picture with the yachts, don't vote wrongly! Thank you! 🙂

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Alvin and Rachel needs your help to win a trip to anywhere in the world for their first anniversary!

Rachel and I are eyeing this prize...
Rachel and I are eyeing this prize...

Out of fun, I submitted some of the photos Rachel and I took during our yacht trip a few days ago for Citi Mobile’s “Take Your Bank Anywhere” Photo Contest.

We were delighted to discover two of our photos to be among those short-listed in the top 50. Now, we need your help to vote for one of our photo (daily if possible as they allow for one vote every 24 hours) to help us win a trip to anywhere in the World.

This will be the perfect round-up to the one year anniversary of my proposal and also a perfect shared birthday present for us this year (we both share the same birth date on 26 October and I also proposed on the same date last year).

To vote, you need to click LIKE on the Citibank Singapore Facebook fan page first. Following which you can go to this page and vote for our photo titled “Checking out the nearest Citibank Gourmet Pleasure at ONE°15 Marina Club!”:

Vote for Alvinology - Vote for this picture hor, don't click wrongly :)
Vote for Alvinology - Vote for this picture hor, don't click wrongly 🙂

You can cast one vote every 24 hours. If you can spare the time, Rachel and I will sincerely appreciate your help to vote for us all the way till 15 November when the voting ends. If not, no worries, you are still a dear friend to us. 🙂

Phantom Facebook User Spotted
Phantom Facebook User Spotted

Actually, from my experience organising online voting contests, there are many professional contest junkies out there who create gazillions of phantom accounts for voting purposes. Case-in-point: just look at this screen grab – a particular faceless “Nur Hidayah” already have 5 such accounts showing on the Citibank Singapore fan page home.

Nonetheless, Rachel and I shall try to play this fair and square. Hopefully, our friends and the readers of this humble blog can help us create a miracle.

Thank you very much in advance! Regardless if we win or not, Rachel and I appreciate your help.

On a side note, my unique online wedding proposal, Project R, won me (and omy.sg) a Silver for this year’s W3 Award in the Viral Marketing – Blog category.

The W³ is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, interactive, advertising, and marketing firms. IAVA members include executives from organizations such as Coach, Disney, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, HBO,  Polo Ralph Lauren, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Victoria’s Secret, Wired, Yahoo! and many others.

I hope I can continue my winning streak after a series of bad luck recently by winning this Citibank contest too.

Good luck Alvinology!

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金表,一起度过黄金岁月 Gold Watches for Golden Memories

Gold watches for golden memories
Gold watches for golden memories

Today is 26 October 2010. A year ago, I proposed to my dear wife, Rachel Chan, on the very same day.

Rachel and I both share the same birthday (though I am two years older than her). It was partly for this reason that I chose to propose to her on this special day.

Shopping together at Mustafa a few hours ago, I bought a pair of matching vintage gold coloured Casio watches for the two of us.

Thank you for the golden memories over the past year my dear wife. We have many more years ahead and I look forward to growing old together with you. 🙂

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Alvin and Rachel’s UP-themed Photo Shoot

Carl and Ellie in the movie, UP
Carl and Ellie in the movie, UP

Photography by Eunice Chan, Rachel’s sister. Minimal additional DI by me. The photos were taken at the open space besides Potong Pasir MRT Station near my residential area.

We were trying to emulate the motion stills of the loving old couple, Carl and Ellie, from the Pixar animated movie, UP.

Coying the movie still above
Coying the movie still above
The photo we chose to use for our wedding e-invite
The photo we chose to use for our wedding e-invite
Big shiny balloons
Big shiny balloons
Sitting on the grass
Sitting on the grass
Up the hill and far away
Up the hill and far away
A kiss beneath the balloons
A kiss beneath the balloons
Photo-taking with vintage camera
Photo-taking with vintage camera
Deep blue sky, lush greenery
Deep blue sky, lush greenery
Colourful balloons and more balloons
Colourful balloons and more balloons
Back at my old home
Back at my old home
Toying with a vintage camera
Toying with a vintage camera
Balloons indoor
Balloons indoor

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Alvin & Rachel’s Wedding Invite Card – Physical Copies are now ready!

Physical copies of the invite cards
Physical copies of the invite cards

I blogged about my wedding invite card design a few days ago. The physical copies of the cards have been collected from our printer. They are ready for dissemination.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the outcome of the card and envelop design. We reduced the tone of the sky to a light shade of baby blue to give it a more pastel, cheery look. The artwork was printed on Japanese wood-free textured paper for a hand-drawn, manga feel.

Inner fold of the card
Inner fold of the card
Front of card
Front of card
Back of card
Back of card
Close-up of the card texture
Close-up of the card texture

For the envelop, we bought the light-weight air-mail variety for thematic unity with the “flying” theme. The Chinese “double happiness” character was manually punched, one by one, by Rachel and I with a paper cutter we specially bought.

Manually punched "double happiness" paper cut on the envelop
Manually punched "double happiness" paper cut on the envelop

How the assembled card and envelop will look
How the assembled card and envelop will look

When I passed my parents their portion of the wedding cards and envelops, my mom was amused by the effort and cost we put into these as she felt people will just “take and throw”. I

told her it reflects our sincerity and we hope to spread our joy to everyone, with a little personal touch. The invite card is the first thing our friends and relatives will receive regarding the wedding and it’s important to give the right first impression. 🙂

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Alvin & Rachel’s Wedding Invite Card

I am done with the illustration and design for our wedding invite card. We have just sent it for printing and will be getting them next week. The theme follows that of the UP design which we did for our e-invite.

This is the front view:

Front view
Front view

Back view:

Back view
Back view

The full view when you spread out the cover:

Full view
Full view

Long time never draw already. Hence took quite a while to complete this. I know I am not so slim any more, but that’s the beauty of illustration vs photography. 🙂

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Alvin & Rachel’s Wedding e-Invite

Photography by Eunice Chan, Rachel’s sister. Additional DI done by me. The design, costume and layout was inspired by Carl and Ellie in the Pixar animation, UP.

Here’s the official version:

Click on image to enlarge
Click on image to enlarge

Here’s the fun version:

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Click on image to enlarge

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