All posts tagged: john robert ramos

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TRAVEL: Doors, why do there have to be flaws (Part 2)

One song from #Bastille mentioned that our flaws made us who we are and without it we will be doomed. Listen to their acoustic version of “Flaws” and hear/feel it your self, it is a beautifully written song. Then, imagine what if we people does not have flaws. What if we are all born perfect? What if there is not an inch of ugliness from anyone physically and emotionally? I’ll leave it to you to ponder. Below are collection of unique doors gathered from Morocco (Chefchaouen, Fez, Essaouira) and Andalusia, Espana. Notice what makes them one of a kind. It is their flaws. Every door is beautifully flawed from everything that surrounds them. Each of it are molded and designed based on culture, nature, weather and by their maker. Like us people. Each of us has inherited flaws from our parents and ancestors. None of us are made to choose what kind of beings we are going to be. Nature, culture and the cycle of life made us who we are. Our differences and faults …

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TRAVEL: Doors, why do there have to be doors (Part 1)

At the age of 21 where most normal guy officially reach physical adulthood, my body stopped from growing at 5’6 tall. By then, I knew I cannot make it as a supermodel like I dreamed of and travel around the world for free. Being just dark, handsome and disappointed, I had to think of something else to do with my life. The door to becoming a supermodel has closed (It was never open for me anyway, I realized that ten years later). Thank god I am actually smart and talented I never knew. Whew! Ten years later, I have encountered countless doors and windows of opportunities I never thought would open and close for me during my early until late twenties. From desktop publishing to design agency. I’m now a Graphic Designer (wow), but my current company entitled me as the Digital & Creative Lead… because they cannot promote me into something else (that sounds better and more expensive though). I currently work as the in-house designer in a company that requires corporate branding and …

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The Out-Standing Employee

It has been almost four months since I started working while standing (sometimes standing with just one foot, ninja style) at my workstation with my improvised standing desk. Until now random colleagues are still throwing the same question “Why are you standing?” followed with their own theory like the following: Are you punishing yourself? Are you having back pain issues? Are you trying to get fit? Are you protesting? Does your butt hurt? While I respond with random silly answers like the following: Yes, I am punishing myself for being late No, I just feel like standing and tired of sitting Yes, It is part of my diet since I feel that I’m getting fat. (but that just a feeling) No, that’s a silly question. I am just getting fat and trying to slim down. Thats it. No, I am totally fine. I just needed to change. (and sometimes) You should try it your self, you’re fat. (with Michael Jackson lyrics) If you wanna make the world a better place take a look at yourself, …

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DESIGN: Career Detour

Two years ago, I made a decision to work in a fashion e-commerce business since it is becoming new a trend world wide. So I accepted an offer with the premium online fashion shopping dot com in UAE. It was discussed during my interview that I am aiming to get a Senior position in the Design team since I left the same position in my previous company so they promised that there is a promising opportunity for me. It did not go that well after I realized the work routines for a crowd of graphic designers in the company. I was the only non-arabic speaking designer in the group of 10 and they use Arabic as their main language. I’m the only designer who has more than 5 years of experience in graphic design. They use PC. Most source of images are from Shutterstock. They use Photoshop as the basic design software… and they made me crop images from the white background (just one big time lol!). I felt like a newbie so much because …

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Morning Angel

Innocence is Bliss. Taking photograph of a child is one of the most difficult… no, because they don’t need to act happy or sad or blissful. It comes naturally with their innocence. It is difficult… yes, when you have to force them to smile for the camera. The trick is make them play and enjoy what they are doing. This series of photos are taken with consent of her parents for her 7th birthday. I provided all the props, settings, and photography direction.             Photos taken by John Robert Ramos

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Threadless Once More

  I love Threadless designs… I love funny t-shirt designs! I only wish that time will come shipping here in the UAE will be more easier, faster and safer. I had troubles claiming my first order. Lost and never received the replacement order. What could be worst? Better luck next time. I wish to get more shirt online but not sure for now. Why I love Threadless? I’m a designer too! It’s a crowd of creative people when you’re inside their website. Everyone is so creative!                 Blog post by: John Robert Ramos Image of my self are mine of course, Threadless images are from threadless dot com.

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SHORT/SWIM/SHORTS

Thursday morning, while I’m in between jobs for weeks now (in a good way) for the first time after long months of extreme summer here in Dubai I finally made it to my favorite Mamzar beach where the water is smooth as silk and quiet like a lake. (Yah, I know this beach is unusual, not for surfers but good for swimming lapses and sun worshippers. FYI, Mamzar beach shoreline is manmade. Oh yeh!) So there I went by 8am (because it opens to public by that time) then left after 2 hours to save my self from skin cancer. I went to shop for a new swim shorts at River Island the night before and there I almost hoard those items on sale. Not proud but I’m a compulsive shopper. Back to River Island, I found great collection of printed swim short that are similar from my another favorite online store Mr Porter. Short swimming shorts are the trends for men specially the printed designs mostly vintage graphics or patterned. Here are some collection …

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Brighter Than Sunshine

I spent my Sunday taking photos of a friend who’s behind “Postura Style” Ms. Rona Kathrina. “Postura Style is an online fashion boutique based in Dubai. They offer a unique, classic, feminine, edgy collection with quality and affordable prices that you will surely love.”- www.posturastyle.blogspot.com She is selling her stuff thru Facebook page where you can find her selections of women clothing for now. Her bright collection reflects a classy, chic and very feminine woman. Price ranging from AED 50 to 150.  We ate Krispe Kreme from the beginning up to end of the day. LOVE! At first, I didn’t really have a concept for this fun shoot but as we go on finding the right corner of their apartment unit at Dubai Marina’s one of the tallest residential tower, all we’ve got are the heights, the summer wind and the sunlight. Not just proper lighting coming from the daylight but lights brighter than sunshine and I love it. Since I’m a fan of natural lighting photography it always works for me. Given that I am not a professional …

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I Left My Heart In San Pedro

Please play the music below while browsing this post. San Pedro, Laguna where my heart and family lives. I love this place more than Santa Mesa, Manila where I grew up and went to college. San Pedro is our new found home since 2005, my hidden paradise. I wish I could take more photos every morning when I go over the hills to chase the sunshine and sweat. I wish I can go home and watch the sunrise ’till it goes down to my feet. Just home and do nothing. Photos here are taken by my old phone camera and Olympus Digital camera years ago (4 yrs back or so). Pixels aren’t great but the framed memories are gold. Post by: John Robert Ramos Images: Own Music: http://spazzkid.com/ Thank you Mark for creating this music. http://popscenemanila.bandcamp.com/

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MEN’S WEAR: The Lomo Heat

One summer evening before the sunset, that’s 6:30 pm in Dubai. The sun was still up until 7:10 pm. High humidity (almost damp) with outstanding temperature in the wind. Yes we did, just right after work. After posting “Let’s Pull & Bear” I went to visit Pull&Bear in Deira City Centre and took some stuff. I am very lucky to find this limited edition vintage canvas bag with a genuine leather strap. A staff on the cash counter told me that I just purchased a high quality product, its very strong and will outlast. Anyone can tell that it is indeed look tough even the trousers with a label tagline saying “Stronger than ever”. Pull and Bear is a Spanish clothing and accessories retailer based in Narón, Galicia and founded in 1991. The company began to sell through an online store in September 2011. Here in Dubai you can find them at Deira City Centre, Dubai Mall, Mercato and Mall of the Emirates. Top: Photo Edition Shirt not from P&B but from Bershka. Carrot fit …

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FILM: I Wish (Kiseki) “What is the world?”-Koichi

FILM: I Wish (Kiseki) Japanese Film. I couldn’t explain it myself but this movie is simply heart felt, nostalgic, and it brings back some memories of my childhood. I didn’t came from Japan but the movie setting feels like home for me. Innocence is really blissful. We may though that life as a kid is easy but the world is still so big and hard for them to understand. I wish that there are always good people around them to teach and answer their questions (we adult sometimes don’t know how to answer). I just love this film. A 2011 Japanese film written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda with real life brothers Koki Maeda and Oshiro Maeda. I don’t think that this film will be shown here in middle east. You know where to find it. TRAILER: SYNOPSIS: Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern region of Kyushu, Japan. His younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in Hakata, northern Kyushu. The brothers have been separated by their …

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MEN’S FASHION BASICS: The V-Neck

MEN’S FASHION BASICS: The V-Neck Most of the time, people judge you by what you’re wearing, and if you care about what people think, you should care about what you wear. I find V-neck shirt the most basic and comfy yet really stylish especially this summer but not all men can wear it. Guys wearing it could compensate a sexy or tough bad ass look if worn properly. Some call it the heavage the opposite of women’s cleavage because v-neck exposes mens chest below the collar bone and even down to the midriff. But how should a real man wear it right without getting the wrong impression. Some guys look really cool in a V-neck tee such as this famous celebrities below, and some guys looks like a hanger. Usually a good chest helps to fill out a tee, but with a V-neck I think a well defined collar bone is a huge help. This is similar to the idea of never wear a tank-top unless you have well defined shoulders. A guy who has …

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MAY ’11 INSIDE JOB: POS & Sale Banners

MAY ’11 INSIDE JOB: POS & Banners Retail industry like us will not survive without monthly promotion or sale. Here I came up with floral typography jiving with the trend in fashion for summer. Our own Ad agency also provided the same theme for all above the line marketing collaterals. Huge Q sale banner in Oasis Centre, Shiekh Zayed, Dubai Q Sale banner behind Dubai Mall. Below are the creatives in English and Arabic. ATL creative from our Ad agency.