Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A website for my beans


I created a simple website so I can develop it further and share information with others.
Please come visit anytime~

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Observation @ Hanai Preschool

I only showed pictures of preschool kids during the presentation. Here's a clip that shows their reaction.

My Bean Movie

"The Three Little Beans" Tada~
I will definitely add more features when I learn more about Maya program. I am just happy that I was able to apply a camera movement here.

The Three Little Beans! from Iva Son on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Steve Job's Presentation

Powerful, yet simple! What need I say more!
I noted down major points of Steve Job's presentation style.

-Setting the theme with a 'single headline'
-Keeping consistency with the theme
-Providing the outline
-Showing enthusiasm
-Making it visual (short on description)
-Adding a bonus thing at the end

I'm just hoping not to choke during the presentation. Good luck to you all! Shouldn't we celebrate the end of the semester?

Bean Number Cards

I made cards that go along with my "Three Little Beans". I originally thought about making christmas gifts for the children I would meet at the preschool and just figured I should make something that's meaningful to my project. I wanted kids to have something to feel and play with the show. I gave out the cards and candy canes and they loved them :D I loved to see them smile.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Why not make the animation interactive?

Yes, I have thought about making "The Three Little Beans" more interactive. At first, I thought those beans talking toward the audience and inviting kids to count together along with the beans were enough for an interactive animation. However, I now think I want them to use those languages little more. What kind of features do I need to add? Daniel suggested about putting some texts within the animation. I generally don't like seeing texts in animation because it makes kind of illustrated cartoon look but I decided to use them when Beans count number for the second time. Feedbacks are always valuable. Thanks guys!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Maya and Pro Tools

These two are the primary technologies that I'm borrowing for my project. Their usages are limiteless and I can't wait to discover more about them. After the critique, I wanted to work on sound more with Pro Tools so I actually played piano and recorded it. It's embarassing ; ) I realized I haven't played it for so long...

Final Script Lines

1BLUE BEAN: An nyoung

1RED BEAN: Hola!


2RED BEAN: Yo soy Rojo.

2GREEN BEAN: Nan Parang.

2BLUE BEAN: I'm Green.

(at the same time)
3BLUE BEAN: An nyoung

3RED BEAN: Hola!


(Repeat twice)
4RED BEAN: Un manzano!.

4GREEN BEAN: An apple tree!

4BLUE BEAN: Sagwanamoo!

(Repeat twice)
5GREEN BEAN: One, two, three, four, five

5BLUE BEAN: Hana, dool, set, net, dasut

4RED BEAN: Uno, dos, tres, quatro, cinco

6BLUE BEAN: Aya! (Or Omg)



(Repeat twice)
7BLUE BEAN: Annyoung

7GREEN BEAN: Bye bye

7RED BEAN: Adios

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Will you help me out tonight?

I love sour patch. Whenever I go to a movie theater I look for Sour Patch. This combination of sweetness and sourness is addictive but I'm sure there are people who hate it. Why doesn't my appetite change despite I get older and hopefully more mature? This is gonna help me keep going with my projects.

As I research, I've become more curious to know what percentage of parents are willing to teach their kids foreign languages? I mean if I look at the larger population in the world, Iwouldn't be too huge. But I'm still big about learning langages as early as possible. I familarized myself with English when I was six because my parents worked in the U.S. and France back and forth. I entered a high school in Connecticut at the age of 14 and I had no fear about English at all. Not that I was fluent, I knew what the language sounds like and how to express my basic needs. Then I started to buy lots of Sour Patches from the school store.

Monday, December 8, 2008


The design of my animation has evolved from the original beans created from the last public space project. The simplicity of "Number Jack" animation inspired me to create the beans in the simplist form with kids' favorite colors.

3D Bean Characters from Iva Son on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

What's an interstitial?

An interstitial often appears between different shows to make up usually 1-3 minutes of spots. I have seen some in Kid's television channels. Some of them have narratives and some don't. What is so attractive about the interstital pieces to me is that as a producer, I'm able to express what I want the audience to catch very briefly.

Rupert The Grouper (Cartoon Network)

Nuttin But Stringz - Thunder (Noggin)

Upside Down Show - They teach how to juggle in this episode (Noggin)


I'm currently reseaching on "Edutainment" which is any form of entertainment that can provide audience education and joy at the same time. According to a game journal I found out that the
game started to be used as edutainment in 1984. Basically, my idea of creating an educational animation is to inform languages in non-threatening way like this game.

A quote I might use:
"The use of games in education (previously known as edutainment) began around 1984 when a teacher named Jan Davidson created a software program for use on a newfangled contraption called the Apple II personal computer. Math Blaster was a huge success, followed by many other early titles-Reader Rabbit, Oregon Trail, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? These early edutainment hits presented educational subjects in a way that was both new and exciting."

Saturday, December 6, 2008


I went for a jog this morning because I really don't like sitting in front of the desk all day long. The weather wasn't too chilly. It was bearable. Nobody was in the park at this moment... It's saturday morning when people wake up late and I guess I was up too early. I can't believe it's almost time for dinner now. I want to stop the time.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Thomas and Friends

Whenever I see "Thomas and Friends", I honestly do not see why kids love this show. I bet they have different perspective than adults. But I don't think I would've liked it if I were a kid. All kinds of questions arise in my mind...

What aspect of this show attracts kids so much?
Do kids love more realistic creatures(3D) than just flat cartoon animation characters(2D)?
What color does kids like?
What themes or stories kids like?
What's so entertaining about this?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Research in progress & Techtonic Teletubbies

This multilingual preschool offers interactive learning programs for children ages 0 to 5. As 80 percent of a child's brain develops between the ages of 0 and 3.

Turkish Daily News
September 22, 2007 Saturday

Should I go for bilingual?!? OR experiment trilingual... multilingual... like five a language at the same time... Suddenly, everything seems to be confusing. I need to refresh my brain seriously...


The world is a mess. Agree or Disagree?

I said "Disagree" beacuase I don't buy everything in this world is a disaster. There are always wonderful things going on, aren't there? I like the timing or the pace of this typographical piece but hey, let's be optimistic. Although someone I know passed away few days ago and I'm back here to continue studying and finishing the semester, I am finding ways to keep myself calm and positive. It's the way I live...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thoughts after the group critique

- Why is it trilingual?
- Is it going to be effective?
- Will kids understand?
- How informative is it going to be?
- Educational vs Entertainment?
- Choose difficulty level carefully
- Teach or Familiarize?

Script for "The Three Little Beans" (1st Draft)

The Three Little Beans


EXT. White Stage Day

Red Bean(Spanish), Green Bean(English) and Blue Bean(Korean) jump as they appear on the stage. They greet with their own language.

SFX: Boeing Boeing







They may repeat the words as many as they want.

Red Bean’s stomach rumbles all of sudden

SFX: Stomach growling


Tengo hambre.

Green Bean’s stomach rumbles, too.

SFX: Stomach growling


I’m hungry, too.

Blue Bean’s stomach rumbles, too.

SFX: Stomach growling


Nadoo, Begopa

They wall jump up and down and say “Hungry” in their own language.

SFX: Boeing Boeing


I’m hungry




Tengo hambre.

Red Bean jumps toward the apple tree and other two follow.

SFX: Boeing Boeing

The beans shout as they jump toward the apple tree.


Un Manzano!


An apple tree!



Red Bean kicks the log of the apple tree.

SFX: Boeing Boeing, hitting

A apple falls on Blue Bean’s head. (side or back view)



A apple falls on Blue Bean’s head.



A apple falls on Red Bean’s head.



Then, the apples roll to the front of each bean. (closer view of feet?) They look at each other.

SFX: Boeing Boeing


Comamos! (Or Vamos a comer!)


Let’s eat.



They jump and repeat the words with excitement.

We see the back view of them eating.

SFX: Chomp, chomp, chomp….

Fade Out:

Three beans are done eating and lying under the tree. They are rolling on the floor. Their stomach is full.

SFX: Burp



SFX: Burp


I’m stuffed.

SFX: Burp


Estoy lleno.

They repeat the sentences.

Green Bean stands up and suggests to go jogging.

SFX: Boeing Boeing


Let’s go for jogging.


Corramos! (Vamos a correr!)



They disappear as they repeat the words and jump(jump lower and faster).

Fade out:


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Final Paper: Research in progress

"Bilingual children with relatively equal exposure to English and Spanish averaged more errors than did bilingual children who were predominantly exposed to English."

- from English Speech Sound Development in Preschool-Aged Children From Bilingual English-Spanish Environments, Language, Speech, & Hearing Services in Schools; Jul2008, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p314-328, 15p, 4 charts, 2 graphs

"Historically, all languages undergo changes and mix with other languages over time "

-from McWhorter, J. H. (2001). The power of Babel: A natural history of language. New York: Times Books.

Multilingualism is defined as “the . . . ability to use several languages to varying degrees of proficiency and for different purposes” (Beacco and Byram 2003: 8).

from Beacco, J.-C. and M. Byram (2003) Guide for the development of language education policies in Europe, Draft 1 (rev). Strasbourg: Council of Europe, Language Policy Division.


The Common European Framework for Reference for Languages as the ability defines Multilingualism is “to use languages for the purpose of communication and to take part in intercultural action, where a person, viewed as a social agent, has proficiency, of varying degrees, in several languages and of several cultures”

- from Council of Europe (2001) Common European framework of reference for languages. Cambridge University Press

Go Teletubies. Pretty good dancers eh?

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Three Little Beans: Pre-recording

This is a pre-recording for "The Three Little Beans" , a trilingual interstitial in a form of 3D animation that teaches pre-schoolers the basics of English, Korean and Spanish simultaneously.

Click here to listen -------------->


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Final Project Summary

  • Multilingual Interstitial - 3D Animation
  • Prescedent: Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go, Teletubies. Yo Gabba Gabba, Sesame Street
  • Target Audience: Preschooler who have abilities to adapt language much faster than adults
  • Teaching pre-schoolers in ages of 3 to 5 multi-languages while they enjoy watching the interstitial
  • Goal: Considering young children's attention span and favors in color and shape, the show will have educational, fun and attractive feature.
  • Task: Can preschool kids can grasp more than two languages at the same time?

Final Project: Storybaord

Multilingual Education Interstitial from Iva Son on Vimeo.

An interstitial for multilingual education using English, Korean and Spanish

Prescedent1: Dora the Explorer

Dora the Explorer
    • Dora: a ten year-old Hispanic girl
    • 30 min animation series
    • For preschool-aged children,
    • Teaches preschool-age children Spanish (Majorly English)
    • 5 seasons, 107 episodes
    • Your browser may not support display of this image.Characters speak toward the audience (interactive)

Morgan Library

I went to Morgan Library yesterday for the first time and was amazed by its elegance. There were a quartet playing Jazz music all evening. I particularly loved Babar exhibition and it inspired me in a way of its stylistic illustration and imagination.

For More info: http://www.themorgan.org/

Thursday, November 20, 2008

NYU Bobst Library

I really like this library. It reminds me of the library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I did my undergrad. There are tons of resources and crowds. It's just me that I tend to concentrate better when there are small noises. This is the place to be! But I'm kind of acrophobic so I was scared to look down from the 8th floor.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

ESC Mixer

I went to ESC mixer held last friday at Hunter College with Darcy. ESC stands for Electronic Social Club - a network of NYC graduate students connected by the practice of creating social dialogue through projects in media, art and design.

It was great to know how other students including our school were developing their idea and getting to know them. Drew, the second year student at Parsons, developed 'Pigeon' which can be summarized as an idea of voice facebook. You can record you voice aat 713-547-9468 by setting up user number and password. It's a fabulous idea to share the moment of feeling with people you love. I was proud for our school to have someone who has such brilliant project. =)

Saturday, November 15, 2008


The menu "Ratatouille" really exists in this French restaurant, Maison, Broadway and 57th st. It's under crepe menu section. We ended up having escargo and pasta though. I thought "Ratatuille" animation was great but the fact that the main character was a rat didn't interest me as an audience. What I realized was, to make more materialistically successful, the main character should arouse emphathy. In other words, it should have a look that everyone loves.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Idea idea idea...

I was just hanging around at Barnes and Nobles in Upper West... I need some inspiration!
How would technology contribute to kid's development? Finding the answer is my ultimate goal of this program and my career, furthermore.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sunny Kim: Jazz Vocalist

My friend Sunny Kim has lived in Indonesia, Korea, United States, France, etc and inspired from different cultures which lead to very unique and beautiful vocal. She stayed in NYC past two weeks and collaborated with Roswell Rudd Quartet. She will be back in January so let me know if anyone is interested in fusion jazz. I might be able to get free admission to her concert.

More info available -> www.sunnykim.net

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Experimental installation of Mirrors

Audience - rAndom International from Chris O'Shea on Vimeo.

This is a bit similar to one of our group brainstorming idea for the public space project. It shows how audience noticed, tried, played around with and even danced in front of the mirrors. People seem like they are really enjoying how the mirrors respond to their reaction.

After freewriting

I'm still confused. Why can't I make up my mind? I want to work on something I can enjoy. I've had random idea...
1. Pyramid - Egypcian myth
2. Children and their fear
3. Do you know what people you love need(love and understanding)?
4. Expansion on the concept of "kidults"

It was amazing how 5 minutes passed by so quickly when we did freewriting. I'm going to try again today.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Jelly Bean Project: Exhibition Possibility and Comparison

Can our project be a good exhibition piece? I think the project itself was already an exhibition piece. We watched people say "Is that an art exhibition?" when they encountered the beans. Many people took pictures of the jelly beans. Indeed, the fact that some people may have thought it was an art display possibly discouraged them from interacting with the project or touching the beans.

While I was researching ideas for this public space project, Dutch Artist Henk Hofstra’s city exhibition surprised me. One of his environmental artworks, ‘Art-Eggcident’, has been displayed in Leeuwarden, a city in the northern Netherlands. I feel that a large-scale public space project should be able to get people to participate more and furthermore, it can be part of their lives. Artworks can draw visitors to the city, and encourage conversation.

Some of the limited engagement we witnessed was likely due to the restrictions on the project itself. In ‘Chanel Mobile Art,’ collaboration between Zaha Hadid and Karl Lagerfield that was featured in Central Park, each visitor was given a set of headphones with an iShuffle, and instructed to follow the audio directions. People were willing to comply with these instructions, and it was very interesting to observe that people tend to be more serious when they are given an instruction. If we had been allowed to provide verbal instruction in this project, it likely would have been beneficial in reducing some of the confusion in visitor responses.

Summary: Jelly Bean Project

The goal of our public space project was to invite people to learn more about the spaces in the city, and to increase awareness of history. In trying to answer this question and to forge new connections between people and their environments, my group explored a variety of approaches, and had some success, though also faced some challenges.

Of our four original ideas — mirror reflection, tree image projection, costume play, and Easter egg containers — we narrowed our design concept to the latter. We believed that by placing colorful containers in public spaces, we would be able to interrupt the passive observation of landscape and encourage study, investigation, play or exploration. However, during the first critique, our initial choice of object — hollow plastic Easter eggs — emerged as problematic, both because they were incongruous with the season, and because some people might take issue with the religious connotations. We then searched for alternate containers that might be suitable. In the end, we came up with plastic jelly bean-shaped containers, objects so playful that it is hard to imagine anyone disliking them.

However, the project was designed as more than a one-time interaction. On the back of paired-up cartoons invited people to visit our Website, http://beans.ganson.jp/, which encouraged virtual interaction with people. Having a Website linked to a public space project was a deviation from normality. This Website was how we met our goal to incorporate technology into our project. We had originally wanted to create an electronic device that would light up when people put a pair of jelly beans inside of the device. Furthermore, considering the difficulty of building such a device outdoors with no power outlets, we settled on the idea of technological interaction mediated by a Website.

Our Website was designed to feature a simple white background, cartoons and characterized beans. Our goal was for visitors to leave feedback, observations, and other impressions on what was otherwise a random site. There weren’t clear instruction on the Website, and we invited people to think about what it was about. Above all, we wanted people to think.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Maja's Debut Recital

I went to Maja Bogdanovic's first recital at Carnegie Hall last friday. She won the first place in Aldo Pariso Competition last year in South Korea. I think she will be a great cellist. I can see that she has a powerful fingering that lead to vibrato. I started to play cello when I was 8 years ago but I wasn't so talented enough to play it as a profession. I admire musicians who practice same song over and over everyday. I wish I can do that if I were gifted.

Public Space Project: Jelly Beeeeeeeeeeeeeans!

INTERFACE: BEAN PROJECT from Iva Son on Vimeo.

Volume up plz! You will hear the constant noise from N/Q/R train.

Nokia Interactive Music Website

New Nokia Website has a neat look. You can drag a virtual earphone cord. Pretty cool!

Check this out-> http://europe.nokia.com/musicalmighty

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dylan's Candy Bar

It's the place to be! Dylan's candy shop is located on Lexington Ave and 60th st. I loved the sweet smell and playful atmosphere. Ever since I read "Hensel and Gratel" I have dreamed of building a candy house. Now, I became more realistic so I am hoping to open a candy shop like this. The top picture shows celebrity autograph with whatever candies they picked in each clear box. Meg Ran had all different kinds of colorful candies whereas Bill Clinton had one Baby Ruth inside of the whole box. I really liked the Five cents made out of beans which reminded me of the LEGO exhibition.

For more info go to -->

Monday, November 3, 2008

Kids are evil sometimes...

I love kids. But they are evil to adults sometimes. Like past weekend, our group's interation did totally fail. I mean we found another way that doesn't work. Children were not interested in contents inside of the beans. What they wanted was just collecting pretty colored beans, especially purble and magenta, and bring them home.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Daylight Saving Ended

My friend texted me last night saying "One more hour of sleep!"
It's one of the happiest time of every year. Isn't it?

Nets VS Warriors

I went to a New Jersey Nets vs Golden State Warriors basketball game Nov. 1 Saturday, which was the opening. I was suprised there were lots of empty seats. I somehow felt the game wasn't as dynamic as NBA heydays where Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Berkeley, Patrick Ewing, Dennis Roadman, Magic Johnson, etc used to play in same season. Here's Vince Carter but other players couldn't support him to play well. Nets lost by 96-105. Anyways, wathching the game, eating hodog and drinking coke made me happy enough.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Jelly Bean Project: Illustration

Our idea has evolved from easter eggs to Jelly Beans beacause we didn't want to relate it to religious issues. I'm very happy with cutesy looking bean illustration that shows how fun and playful our public project is. We have placed plastic beans in the park and observed people's reaction to the materials inside of the beans.

Friday, October 31, 2008

MC Yogi: Obama '08 - Vote for Hope

Love this combination of after effect art and lyric by MC Yogi. Obama's speech goes well along with the beat too :D All candiates have strength and weakness so I won't make any opinion about them.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


I went to an semi-formal cruise party with NYU students last saturday. It was raining but I was just glad it wasn't a storm. I waned to take a picture of the Statue of Liberty but it was too dark and rainy. We couldn't stay much on the deck so I will definitely have to come back when it's warmer. I was thinking "oh, why didn't I come here earlier." Cruising the city river was one of 'Must Dos' in my list and I'm very happy I was out there. I think the world is full of good people. Am I too optimistic?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Louis Vuitton Bag

I liked this installation of the cameras and the bag very much. It was displayed in front of Louis Vuitton store in Toronto. All the surveillance camera is watching this bag that newly came out as if paparazzi is taking picture of an actress with stunning outfit. I think Louis Vuitton bags are extremely expensive than what they are supposed to be according to their materials. However, I understand and admire how they have tried to be unique with their design for long period time. They make history in fashion because they don't copy other brands. I think it is extremely important that being a good designer means having unique style. Copying may be permitted but it won't make the designer last long so someone can remember their style decades later...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

What's this humongous RAT doing here?

I took this picture on 14th and 5th ave. How is this huge rat going to be used? For Holloween? I really don't like rats because I have a bad memories about it. I lived on 11th floor of the apartment when I was little and rat family invaded our kitchen. I can't forget the red eyes of the rats. I didn't watch Ratatouille in the movie theater because I didn't want to see the detailed furs of the rats in the animation. Many of my friends didn't watch the movie because of the characters. What I have realize is character design should base on the taste of target audiences.

Galleries in Dumbo

After our public space experiment, we stopped by Smack Mellon Studio & DAC(Dumbo Art Center) on our way back. Best thing about living in New York is there are so many small, hidden, and interesting galleries that you can just step in. No need to purchase ticket, no one to bother you(not many people usually)... You can totally feel and achieve freedom of being in your own world. Some art pieces didn't even have name or explantion which increased curiosity.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I'm a Burrito Winner

Wow! I'm a Burrito Winner! This was the best thing happened to me last week. I had 10 free burritos at Chipotle (13th st & 6th Ave) and I gave them out to all my friends who were reachable on Sunday evening. I told my mom about this, and she said "You should've bought a lottery"

I didn't even think about getting free burritos because I rarely win raffles. Everyone should put your business card because you never know you are gonna win!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Adorable cookie design

I like to discover little things that make me smile. I went to Georgia's Cafe, located in 87th and Broadway, yesterday and I just couldn't pass by these cookies. How am I supposed to eat them? I wonder they just spontaneously make these shapes or sketch first before they bake.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Organ Recovery System @ MOMA

Since Moma offers free admission on friday evening, it was even more crowded than other days of a week. What I like about being a New School student is getting free admission anytime so I didn't have to see every floor. I can come back anytime I want =) I found this organ recovery design in the industrial design section. Wouldn't it be nice if it could be produced in near future?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Wedding at the ROM Museum

My friend Kathy got married to Marcus at the Royal Ontario Museum. I'm honored to be her bridesmaid despite the curling iron accident. Ouch! What I like the most about ROM is its unique architecture. I will definitely go visit art schools when I go there next time. I will remember every single moment of Kathy's wedding.