Felix Mak, a graphic designer for 20 or so years, has been working quietly in the suburbs of Melbourne - and has more recently been delving into the art of web design and development and the wonders of shivs and javascript libraries. A strong proponent of simple design and simple communication, he has a love of the lushness of art nouveau design.

Felix's articles

  1. DesignFestival: Logos: Getting Ready for Trademarking

    The world is a vortex of logos swirling around trying to get the public’s attention. There are so many businesses and organisations trying to grip you — some with well-thought out logos and some that are not so well considered. Unfortunately, some are knockoffs — knowingly or unknowingly.

  2. Logos: Getting Ready for Trademarking

    The world is a vortex of logos swirling around trying to get the public’s attention. There are so many businesses and organisations trying to grip you — some with well-thought out logos and some that are not so well considered. Unfortunately, some are knockoffs — knowingly or unknowingly. Olaf Leu, an old school German graphic […]

  3. DesignFestival: Designing for the Web: Templates and Grid Systems

    Continuing on from the previous article in this series, Designing for the Web: Resolution and Size , we cover some helpful and important factors while creating a template for designing a website. In this article, we will cover some important issues and introduce some tools for you to use when designing a website. Just keep in mind that as in the print sphere, the web sphere contains a multitude of choices for design as well as development. This is only one method and we are attempting to come from more of a designer angle rather than a developer one.

  4. Designing for the Web: Templates and Grid Systems

    Continuing on from the previous article in this series, Designing for the Web: Resolution and Size, we cover some helpful and important factors while creating a template for designing a website. In this article, we will cover some important issues and introduce some tools for you to use when designing a website. Just keep in […]

  5. I Still Love Flash. Here’s Why.

    In recent times, people from all quarters have been getting their boots into Flash. The late Steve Jobs felt that (other than the competing business model issues) supporting Flash was not in the interest of Apple’s customers and that iOS products would not support it. A week or two ago, I came across the Occupy […]

  6. Designing for the Web: Resolution and Size

    As a graphic designer working in print, it is important to understand and work to a set of fixed standards. This ensures that what the designer produces will actually be usable as a print item and also printable! For example in print, designing a simple business card has its own factors to watch for – […]

  7. DesignFestival: Designing for the Web: Resolution and Size

    As a graphic designer working in print, it is important to understand and work to a set of fixed standards. This ensures that what the designer produces will actually be usable as a print item and also printable! For example in print, designing a simple business card has its own factors to watch for — this is also dependant on who you use to print your jobs. Some common issues to watch for would be if the job is of a standard size (and if the printer offers its own set of guidelines and sizes), if you decide to print in laser (which affects price as well as color), or offset, if you are using solid or process, how much bleed should you leave and if they have affordable metallics — the list could go on and on! Even with so many varied print issues, we feel comfortable ensconsed in our guidelines and the familiar set of difficulties.

  8. DesignFestival: Surviving logo design in the real world: Designing for Applying

    Continuing on from the last instalment in “Surviving logo design in the real world,” Felix writes about designing logos for application. Most of the time as a designer, you will walk around with your logo radar on and find some intriguing logos — some very nice and some not so nice. On a rare occasion, you will see a really beautiful logo that is just not quite right. Could it be incorrectly applied or was it missing an intrinsic methodology during the design phase that limits the application potential?

  9. Surviving logo design in the real world: Designing for Applying

    Continuing on from the last instalment in “Surviving logo design in the real world,” Felix writes about designing logos for application. Most of the time as a designer, you will walk around with your logo radar on and find some intriguing logos — some very nice and some not so nice. On a rare occasion, […]

  10. DesignFestival: Surviving Logo Design in the Real World: Symbols and Wordmarks

    Continuing on from the last instalment  in this series of articles, “Surviving logo design in the real world,” Felix writes about the components of a logo — symbols and wordmarks. As designers, we should all know the difference between a wordmark logo and a symbol based logo. When designing logos, designers will likely aspire to design symbol based logos — due to that low grade design noise out there… wordmarks seem like the easier thing to do. There are a lot more mediocre wordmarks out there than symbols