Hi, my name is Jayhan Sim. I am a Senior Web Designer at New Straits Times Press Malaysia. I love design and Japan Pop Culture, thus the creation of this blog. Please have a look at my portfolio, or view my résumé. Dozo yoroshiku onegai shimasu!

How to download Proxima Nova, Brandon Grotesque, Museo, Apercu etc for free*


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Download premium free fonts

With the introduction of @font-face in CSS3, we are no longer restricted to just operating system fonts. There are many high quality open source fonts that are hosted on sites like Google Fonts and Font Squirrel that you can use it on your designs and websites. But what if you want to have a try on popular webfonts like Proxima Nova, Brandon Grotesque, Museo, or Apercu and many more for free? Most probably you will have to pay, or subscribe to use those fonts.

But there is a way that you can download the aforementioned fonts for free, not only just the font but the entire font family. Continue read on to find out how you can do it.

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Dotted USA map vector free download!


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Dotted USA map vector download

Here I present you the dotted map of United States of America (USA) in vector format that is free for download! Like the previous dotted world map, it comes with three different dot sizes: fine, medium and large to cater for different purpose and needs. This dotted USA map is based on the vector map from FreeVectorMaps.com

It comes with two vector file format: AI for Adobe Illustrator and EPS for other vector graphic programs. The map is totally free to download and you can use it for commercial works too! Continue reading to download the file.

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Kero Kero Bonito – Flamingo


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Kero Kero Bonito - Flamingo

Recently I stumbled upon a really cute and unique song on Youtube when I’m listening to my favourite channel Majestic Casuals. The song name is called “Flamingo” and is from a music group from UK called Kero Kero Bonito.

As you might have known, flamingos are pink in color. So this singer is questioning why are they pink? Maybe because of the shrimps which was flamingo’s main source of food? So if human eat more shrimps, could the human eventually change their skin color to pink as well? The lyrics was quite wacky and was sang in both English and Japanese. Read more to listen to the song and also the lyrics.

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Email newsletter inspiration and resources that you should read


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With so many ways of connecting with your customers and readers, email newsletter is still one of the best, and the most relevant one. For example, a newsletter sign up for weekly news update from blog, or a newsletter containing your company’s latest promotions and offer to attract customers back.

In this article, you will find essential links to best newsletter designs, and also resources and guide to build a responsive, effective newsletter that just works. Without further ado, continue reading to find out those links!

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More cute emoticons with JapaneseEmoticons.net


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More cute emoticons with JapaneseEmoticons.net

Back in the year 2007, I posted an article “Japanese kaoani and emoticon” on where you can look for cute Japanese style emoticons. It’s almost 7 years ago and is such a relieve that the site is still active! Today, I’m going to introduce to you another site that you can find many cute emoticons!

This website is called JapaneseEmoticons. You can find all sorts of examples like emotions, animals and many other unique and more modern one. Well you can browse through all of the emoticons and copy paste the emoticons you like!

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Best of 2013


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Best of 2013

Yup, in just a blink of an eye and now we are at the end of the year 2013. How was your year? Are you able to achieve your goal that you set, and learn the skills that you want to acquire? Well, surely for me it was a year with lots of ups and downs, happiness and sadness.

As usual, here I will dedicate this post, collecting all the “best of” articles from around the net that revolves around web design and development, from best free fonts and best tools of 2013. Continue read to find out more!

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Find and download hundreds of free Japanese fonts


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Find and download hundreds of free Japanese fonts

Today I would like to introduce a small side project I’m working on right now, Free Japanese Font, a convenient site to find the good quality free Japanese fonts on the Internet. I had been running these site for six months and now it has more than hundreds of fonts!

The fonts were categorised in several font styles, for example: handwriting, calligraphy, rounded, display fonts and lots more. Feel free to visit the website and look for your favorite Japanese font!

Screenshots of fonts showcased in Free Japanese Font

Create Instagram slideshows with Fliptastic app


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Create Instagram slideshows with Fliptastic app

Today, I proudly announce that Fliptastic, a slideshow maker app for Instagram was launched in iTunes App Store! I’m the user interface and icon designer for this app. I’m super excited!

With this app, you can create wonderful slideshows from your Instagram photos, or you can also choose photos from camera roll or even take a photo on the spot within the app. Then you can arrange them into the sequence you like, and also you can crop the photo and even add text on it!

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7 sites for typography and webfont inspirations


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7 sites for your typography and webfont inspirations

In our daily life, we read newspapers and magazines, we walk on the streets, we purchase stuff and we surf the net. Almost all the things that we do involving type. Type is something we can’t live without and good typography can create everlasting good impression and increasing in brand identity.

In this post, I will show you 7 websites where you get your typography inspiration fix. From these sites, you can get not just about good looking type, but also examples of good font combination, nice web fonts and also colors used to further enhance the type and the message. Continue reading to check them out!

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6 illustration collections of a subject matter


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6 illustration collections of a subject matter

When I studied in Graphic Design course back in the college days, lecturers always encourage me and my classmates to go collect something and sketch them in the sketchbook and observe the details and differences between them. It was a fun experience and I really like collecting stuff.

Many artists and designers love to do exactly the same thing, taking a subject matter and illustrate them into a series of different illustrations. Here, I’m going to show you 6 projects of illustration collections of a subject matter. Read on to find out!

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