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To my dear audience, I know that this website has been not updated in a while and I sincerely apologize. I am here to announce that certain parts and graphics on this website may look "broken" or "out of place", but rest assured there are good reasons for that, as I am slowly but surely moving to re-design "Dream Infinity" as a whole from the ground up. Everything is being re-invented, new establishment of brand identity and design is being re-imagined. I have been working on a new version of this site for quite sometime, but there has been several set backs due to commercial projects taking up almost all of my working time. But please note that this website is far from dead and a lot of new changes are planned. Although I cannot promise any date in regards to when these changes will surface, you will start seeing additions of new content (primarily tutorial posts!) being added here slowly and I invite you to read them in advance before the new re-structuring takes place. In addition to content changes being made here, I invite you to always check up on my official Facebook page for up to date information on what I am up to, newest work, and the new design. I am excited to present the new changes to the world and I whole heartedly thank you for your patience.

- Chris Takakura





Destroy All Love Kind?

Date May 22, 2010 | Published by |

I know I have been really slow on website updates lately. Unfortunately I don’t have much of an excuse except for the fact that I am swarmed with freelance projects at the moment. I have some pretty high end clients on my list right now and that takes up a lot of my free time to do anything for this site. As much as I wanted to release many things in the first quarter to second quarter of 2010, I don’t really see that happening as of right now. However it is important to note that is not forgotten. Outside of wallpapers and tutorial updates, I have some notable things in plan for release within this year and the next.

I know that I have been talking and advertising my next electronic book for a while now. As a matter of fact, the first advertisement for “Hana” went up in Winter of 2008 and unfortunately it still hasn’t seen the light of day yet. “Hana” is very well into production, however, the art direction of it changed many times and now it is a matter of finding time to get it put together. Although it is quite finished in terms of the written portion of the project, I am being a bit picky with the design of it. I am hoping to release “Hana” by the end of this summer.

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Days with my Grandmother

Date March 29, 2010 | Published by |

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So I opened up the working file for “Hana” last night. The design and concept has significantly matured from my first version of the e-book and I am trying to work on it as much as I can outside of client projects. I decided to see if there was any art work or websites that constituted something along the lines of death and dedication to someone who died. I always want to see if other people out there try to do what I do which lead me to a website called “Days with my Father”.

This is an excellent website that moved me, made me tingle and inspired all at once. I found myself holding back a tear or two while reading and looking at such beautiful composition of text and photography. One of the best and inspirational sites I have found in a while. Check it out here:

http://www.dayswithmyfather.com/

The Hana book was promised in Q1 of 2010 I know, but as usual, I want to release nothing but the best so I am going to take a bit more time on it. This is the final chapter of my prolonged communication subject about death and my days with my grandmother who has practically raised me since birth. I appreciate your patience.

Vegas influenced gold text effect tutorial

Date December 24, 2009 | Published by |

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Heavily inspired by the luxury look of Las Vegas, I have put up a unique tutorial on how to achieve a gold text effect that looks luxurious. This tutorial covers layer effects, using gradients on text and stroke effects and how to create a sparkle effect with the use of brushes. Read Tutorial…

Client contact, meeting, and finalization

Date December 18, 2009 | Published by |

Dealing with clients as a freelance designer or a side project for yourself is a very important task that will make a difference between you getting that contract or not. There is no middle ground for it. The first few initial contact with clients and the conversations you have is the most important time of your career as a designer.

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1. First contact (e-mail, phone, or in person)

You know that phrase “1st impression is everything?” Well it’s true. Whether you don’t hold true to that belief or not, or whether you are the nice guy/gal that don’t judge people on 1st impression, most human psychology is hard wired to judge and feel the new person they meet the very 1st time. If you do not believe this, you are in absolute denial. This is just the nature of who we are as human beings. With that said, it is very important to reflect professionalism to the fullest the 1st time you get in touch with a client. First off, the most important thing is to greet them with a nice hello. If your contact is over the phone, make sure you are in an environment that is quiet, where you sit and talk by yourself. Do not have music playing in the background, do not have people chatting in the back. If you do happen to pick up your phone in a noisy area, tell them that it is not a good time to talk and you will call them back as soon as possible. DO NOT try to listen to what they say over a noisy environment. If the first contact is over e-mail, be polite and professional over text. ALWAYS use spell check before sending out an e-mail and ALWAYS make sure that your grammar and sentence structure is correct. Read your e-mail response over to make sure of this. If the contact is in person, make sure you greet them with a hand shake. Make sure your hands are free to do this. Make eye contact, hand shake, smile, and start your conversation in a professional manner.

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10 Essential Tips for Freelance Designers *RE-POST*

Date December 14, 2009 | Published by |

Being a freelance designer requires you to wear many hats but there are certain hats you MUST wear in order to protect yourself, who you are, and your image as a designer.

1: Before you do anything, make a contract for you and your clients

No matter who it is for, even if its a friend of a friend, make a contract. Of course it’s a bit dramatic to throw a contract at your relative that wants a website or business card designed for their business, however if you do not know the client requesting your services, you need to have a contract. If you would like to use my contract as a template or an sample, you can download HERE. You can even use mine for yourself (just make sure to change the header or delete it so it doesn’t say my studio name on it).

Now I know as designers we don’t want to write a paper, let alone a legal document, however you spending that one weekend afternoon writing up a contract will last you forever. You only have to write one up once, and you can keep using that over and over with making small adjustments once a while to fit the project. It will be worth it in the long run for these reasons:

1) It protects you, the designer, from a client running off with your work. With this contract, you can take them to small claims court. Either way, it will put your client on a moral decision to run off with your work and disappear or be being summoned by a court to pay up (which would make them look bad.)

2) It protects the client and makes them feel safe to do business with you. It also reflects professionalism on your end. A designer who just jumps on a project without any communication of conduct screams “amateur”, and you don’t want that.

3) It helps you get paid. When they sign that contract, they have fully accepted in how the payment is going to be made. Currently I work at 10% deposit at the beginning of project, another 10% at the final cycle of revisions, and full payment at final content delivery. They have to follow this payment cycle when they sign that contract.

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Afterburner: Commence

Date August 31, 2009 | Published by |

Afterburner: Commence

Afterburner: Commence wallpaper is available exclusively through my facebook page only (for now). The wallpaper will go live in the downloads page after the release of nocturne phoenix.

Until then add me as your friend if you haven’t so, and you can get it from that page. Happy designing!.

Brooklyn Rehab

Date August 24, 2009 | Published by |

Looks like this cool vintage sales company is ran by one person, Alyssa Zygmunt. This site has some interesting things for sale. Where’s my wallet?

Brooklyn Rehab

Brain brain brain… artificial ones

Date July 23, 2009 | Published by |

Some interesting tidbits about artificial intelligence coming to a town near you…

Reverse Engineering the Brain

Creative Bus Stops

Date May 13, 2009 | Published by |

Don’t you wish you had this in your town / city? I do…

Yummy

Date April 22, 2009 | Published by |

Some yummy work over at the homepage of Fabien Barral

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