Sunday, December 31, 2006

10000 Shekel prize and a true shot at fame!

Nu, now that I have your attention you may want to read this...

The attached poster invites designers to participate in a competition to create an independence day poster for Israel's coming Independence day.

Wanna give it a shot?...

Friday, December 29, 2006

Finally - Your work is now online

I have now put online a wide selection of pictures of your various projects.
If your work is not online it was either because:
  1. I didn't have a good enough photo of it.
  2. It wasn't worthy - in which case you should want to improve it, hand it in, and get the class to give you an opinion.

The link to the gallery is:

Post to your private blogs.
Show your friends.
See you in 2007.

Happy New Year!!!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

The Holocaust Memorial Chain - Hannah Nelson's story

My first post was a spontaneous response to the cartoon, which I recieved from a friend in the mail. On Saturday I recieved the letter which follows:

Hi Mike,
You reached my daughter's e-mail, who is also an offspring of one holocaust survivor - me.
I work with her and so read your e-mail, and after many years got the urge today to respond with my story.

I was born in October 1938 to Lea (Weitzman) and Avraham Grossberg from Staszow, a small village in Poland. My young parents had the courage and resourcefulness to give me to a Polish woman and pay her to keep me through the war, in the promise that she will get paid also after the war.

My whole family from both sides was murdered only three (second and a more remote) cousins survived. After the war I was adopted in Poland by two survivors Mania Bornstein and Ben-Zion Burstein, each a sole survivor of their intimate families (both were married Mania had one child and the Ben-Zion had two children), as well as their original families, none for Ben-Zion and only three nephews and one daughter of a nephew from 10 brothers and sisters in the case of Mania. All of her brothers and sisters were with families as she and her twin were the youngest (don't know details about Ben-Zion).

When we arrived to Israel in 1950, I was a 12 years old girl and wanted to forget all the past and be just like the other kids, mainly to imitate the native children, meaning try to be like a "sabra" and not a frightened diaspora survivor. Therefore I did not asked too many questions and was even ashamed to talk about it.

My adoptive parents talked very little of the holocaust as well. I tried with all my might to suppress all and till now did not even visit Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Now I regret I did not ask more and tried to know more because of my children (I have three: Lee-Bath, Nirith and Ben).

Recently I learned that a neighbour of ours from Staszow survived, he fled as a young boy and joined the partizans and lives currently in Toronto. But he is old now and remembers little to tell me. I hope to meet with him as he has a relative in Israel and promised to contact me when he comes.

Maybe this is too long for my testimony, so if you send it to someone feel free to shorten it.

With thanks and best wishes for the coming New Year
Sincerely, Hannah Nelson

PS: A very impressive and smart cartoon.

Seeing as Hannah bothered to write down her testimony I think I had no choice but to publish it.

Friday, December 22, 2006

The Holocaust Memorial Chain

My father's name is Felix Darnell and he is eighty six years old.
My name is Mike Darnell and I am thirty two years old,making me probably one of the youngest people in the world belonging to the generation born to survivors of the Second World War.
Although born in Germany in 1920 my father had the good fortune of being sent to England by his parents in 1933, where he was joined by them slightly before Kristallnacht.

My father's family was spared the horrors of the Holocaust due to the simple fact that on a planned visit to my father in England, the atrocities commited in Germany reached a level that frightened my grandmother so much she refused to return home.

In 1942 my father, after spending a year together with my grandfather and nearly 2000 other Jewish German nationals, in an internment camp for "Enemy Aliens" situated in Hay - Australia, was released and allowed to join the British army after the British finally realized that the Jewish German inmates of the camp were not at any risk of serving as a fifth column for the Nazi regime.
The 1997 Jewish prisoners held at Hay are known as the "Duneira boys" and sadly fewer of them remain among us every year.

It was as a British soldier that my father entered Bergen Belsen on the 16.4.1945.

He marks the day in his diary every year but never talks about it.

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War ended and my father's generation is passing from this world.
With the Iranian regime, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be "a myth" it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets the facts of this shameful episode in it's history because those who forget their past are condemned to repeat it.

I recieved this e-mail, added my personal story, and am forwarding it to you so that we can together create a chain of testimonies - irrefutable evidence - in memory of the six million Jews, and five million non Jews who were massacred by the Nazi regime, before and during the Second World War. We can learn from our mistakes and avoid another Holocaust as long as we keep the memory of it's terror alive.

Non Jewish victims of the Holocaust:

Testimony to the liberation of Bergen Belsen:

The Duneira boys:


Please join us by giving testimony, e-mail it to your friends, and become a link in the Holocaust memorial chain.

This is my sworn testimony.
Mike Darnell
Tria - websites
& graphic design

Monday, December 11, 2006

Line, Shell, Mass - Exercise 1

Present to the class an object that has personal meaning you.

  1. The presentation of the object should give an indication of the feelings and meaning that this object has for you.
  2. You are expected to start giving more thought to the cpomposition and design of youur presentations.
  3. the presentation should have separate 2D and a 3D components.

Good Luck



Final presentation of your window on a color is for next Thursday - 21.12.06.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Exercise 8

Hi All,

This is a quick exercise which is meant to allow you to continu working on your color projects.

  1. Select an object that you can get three copies of. Leave one copy as a reference.
  2. Change one of the copy's color so as to give the object a new meaning.
  3. Change one of the copy's texture so as to give the object a new meaning.

Best Luck


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