Got published on Spark!

Spark: UAL Creative Teaching and Learning Journal is an open-access online journal for university teachers, researchers and students with a focus on exploring all aspects of teaching and learning in arts, design and communication. Spark is published by the Teaching and Learning Exchange twice a year.


Illustration by Cristina Rosique, student on MA Graphic Media Design, London College of Communication, class of 2018. 

In April 2017, my bachelor thesis was chosen to be one of the two Student Contributions on Spark Journal. After several editing attempts and hours of cutting down on words (which was painful),  it has finally been published and is now available to read/watch online.

Special thanks to Catherine Smith and Syed Asif for helping me along the editing of my article; and Dr. Mark Ingham for his thought-provoking thesis seminars as well as this publication opportunity.

You can find my jabber article here.

I especially enjoyed reading this by Lewis Bush and Taylor Norton.





The thing-to-try list, 2018.

1. ✓ Finish reading a book in less than 7 days.

2. ✓ Make a ceramic mug.

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(I actually messed up this one and ended up making a bowl. See that blue-ish bowl in the picture? That’s the one, plus some tiles. )

3. ✓ Going to the cinema alone (Love, Simon).

4. ✗ Record a cover on guitar properly.

5. ✓ Confess to someone I like.

6. ✓ Turn off Facebook for 30 days (>4 months or something).

7. ✓ Proper mediation (10-day Vipassana course).

8. ✓ Pick up Yoga (Hatha Yoga)

9. ✗ Cook a 3-course Vietnamese meal.

10. ✗ Traveling alone.

From July onward.

Update, update, update!

It’s been 5 months (Already?) since I graduated from the London College of Communication. It was hella of a ride – my 3 past years with the BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures folks. I’m glad we all manage to put whatever we’ve picked up from the course to use in our daily life – at least that’s what I heard from the last time I catched up with my course-mates. Some get on to be designer managers, some work in marketing, communications or arts; while other take a step further in their education.

As for me…

Well, I find it relatively hard to describe this transition phase – Moving back to Hanoi, adapting to a new timezone, driving in the crazy traffic and coping with the absence of parks and woodlands – all are difficult. Were. Because I’m probably used to it by now. God I hope so. I don’t want to live in denial. Been up and down – post grad crisis, pretty average, but I guess it’s fair to say I’m doing pretty okay now. In fact, I’m quiet excited and thrilled thinking about the next chapter of my life. Hints: there will be a lot more thinking and making involved in the process!


Oh what I’d be without you all.


Thesis InForm Symposium 2017

Thesis InForm

The Thesis InForm Symposium invites students who have excelled in their thesis to present their ideas to a broader audience.

This stimulating day takes place on Thursday 22 June, in Lecture Theatre B at LCC.

Hosted by Ferdinand Lu, Graphic and Media Design student


10am Welcome from Dr Nicky Ryan, Dean of Design School

10.05am Introduction by Dr Ian Horton, Programme Director, CTS

10.10am Keynote by Dr Peter Hall: ‘Generative Design Criticism’

10.40am – 11.30am SESSION 1: Identities, Pleasure and Danger

  • Viviana Conti (Illustration and Visual Media)
    According to Tumblr: Are queer readings in the BBC Sherlock fandom fetishising homosexuality, or expressing the need for fairer representation in the media?

  • Sydney Fortune (Interactive Design Arts)
    The New Top Model: RuPaul’s Drag Race serving you transformative realness

  • Max Hill (Graphic and Media Design)
    How does the design of a gay nightclub alter the user’s identity?

  • Mala Mutinta (Illustration and…

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Professional Practice Updates

One of the reasons why I find Profession Practice the most awkward and frustrating unit is because, to simply put, it is ALL ABOUT MYSELF.

The name says it all, Professional Practice outcome requires one to develop a portfolio that reflects one’s process of learning and growing, both personally and professionally. It involves all sort of things, from self-assessment tests to reflective journal extracts and a 3-year goal.

I mean, I have no problem with documenting or actually making progress in what I consider as beneficial to my personal development. However, the fact that I have to present them in written format is actually what catches me off guard. Reflecting has always been helpful. It is one important task in the process of attaining emotional intelligence, but it also makes me feel like I am forced to tear down my shield and turn off its invisible mode. It’s me driving on a self-esteem roller coaster all over again.

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This is not how I am supposed to feel, is it? I mean, it’s supposed to help me prepare for my future career and all. I am learning great things and I am grateful for that every day. I know I’ve changed into a better one than I was yesterday, but how is it that whenever I look the vacancies on, Linkedin or Jobsite or any other online job market, I feel wrong. After days and nights of reading job descriptions of all kind, in various locations from Vietnam to Japan, Singapore or the UK, there was still no ‘Yes, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for’, no excitement, no eagerness. Hmmmmm…something must be wrong. But I haven’t been able to figure out what it was yet.

“Are you happy?”

“What makes you happy?”

“Will this matters one year from now?”

I find myself keep coming back to these questions. I am confident that I can be honest with myself, that I know the answers to them, and I am well aware of the fact that they aren’t leading me back to the core discipline of what I’ve been taught at school. But it doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t. What matters is how I can make the best out of it.

More mapping.

With an entangled curiosity, here I am, walking into the woods.


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