Comps finished! Plans are to put together a basic Flash prototype to help show how it works. Expect to see it on my portfolio soon.
Comps finished! Plans are to put together a basic Flash prototype to help show how it works. Expect to see it on my portfolio soon.
I’ve been working on a little personal project over the past week, a mobile app for keeping all your health info organized and in one place. Today’s American most likely sees a bunch of different health professionals (doctors, dentists, personal trainers, optometrists, basically anyone that’s involved in your health). The app tracks contact information, prescriptions, appointments, insurance information, health records, and emergency information. So far, I’ve gotten through a basic IA and wireframes.
Design coming soon!
Here are some thinks I’ve been thoughting about.
Etsy. I’ve had one for years. Never used it. I make all these cards, little presents, refurbished things I find, etc. Maybe someone would buy it? It would be a good outlet for me to continue making these things but not having to store them in my apartment. However, I get an attachment to things I spend so much time making. Also, is my craftsmanship good enough? I guess I will find out.
Designing. I have gotten off track with it by spending my time crafting instead of designing. I know they go hand-in-hand to some extent, but they are still distinctly different. So, I have been making an effort to find time to design as well as craft. I’ve also started a list of bigger projects I’d like to start at some point. I’m currently working on a website for a friend, so I’ll have to get into those once this project is finished.
3D. I’ve always liked 3D. I want to get back into making simple objects, then working my way back up to environments. One object I’ve been wanting to do for a while is a baseball. Don’t know why. I made some cubes today (impressive, I know) as part of a Photoshop project I was working on, but that’s really been the extent of my 3D in the last year or so.
Writing letters. Email is great and all, but letter-writing is a lost art that is personal and heartfelt. Maybe that’s why I like cards so much? You can be so much more creative in a letter. Plus, who doesn’t like getting mail? I know I do. I just joined the Letter Writers Alliance in hopes that I can find a pen pal. I’ve even considered just writing random letters to random addresses to give the person living there a little bit of cheer.
Inspiration. I have a boatload of sites bookmarked in my ‘inspiration’ folder. It’s pretty out of control. I need to start organizing and joining sites like Pinterest to make boards for different purposes. I think this will help me in my ‘design more’ quest. I also want to define my personal style more, which I think will help when it comes time for big purchases like furniture. I just got an invite to join! Super excited to start. I would also love to join dribbble but alas, that is also invite-based!
Educational shows. I used to love watching NOVA on PBS as a kid. The episodes were always really awe-inspiring. I want to get back into watching things like this. I might actually learn something! Shows on my list: Cosmos, Empires, and genres like documentaries and indie films.
I tried taking some process how-to photos for this project, but I was working with such small (and clear) materials that it was pretty much pointless. So no how-to on this one, just materials and a finished product!
(I didn’t use the glue, ended up not needing it.)
I used the crimpers to keep the beads in place rather than tying knots (much, MUCH easier). I used the tape measure to measure around my neck how long I wanted the necklace to be, then to measure the elastic. All the materials together probably cost around $15, but that’s because I had to buy crimpers which were about $8. Also, I only used about 1/4th of the crimpers and hematite beads. The necklace is made up of three different strands of randomly-places beads (but with a little bit of order), all tied together in the back with a blue satin ribbon. This is because I forgot to buy a clasp when I was at the store, but I think this works out well. This way, I can customize the ribbon for whatever outfit I’m wearing.
The felt is handy to keep the beads from rolling all over the place. Although, if you have a cat, the felt doesn’t really help a whole lot anyways. I haven’t made ‘real’ jewelry before (well, once, but it was a little workshop with a person who really knew what they were doing), but I sort of just wing it whenever it comes to DIY projects. This necklace is for my dress that I’ll wear to my work holiday party next weekend. Also, did you know that it’s really hard to photograph small, clear things in a messy apartment without good lighting? The photo below was the third location/setup I tried.
Curtains. I thought it would be easy. Was it? Sort of. It was more tedious than anything, and a lot of messing up and ripping out seams and starting over. Learned a lot to be used on my next sewing project! I have two windows in my apartment, both about two yards wide by two and a half yards tall. Very large windows. They were previously covered only by ugly slide-y blinds that are generic to every apartment. They are the same color as the walls, if you can even call ‘old white’ a color. Needless to say, it was time for a change. Here’s a little how-to, some of the steps aren’t photographed because I forgot. Once I’m on a roll, it’s hard to remember to stop and document.
I’ve been looking for ways to spruce up my new apartment. This is my first apartment so I don’t have a lot of things to make it look like I actually live here. All my hand-me-down and leant furniture has helped, and I’ve been purchasing/making things to further improve the situation. One of the thoughts I’ve been thinking recently has been about bulletin boards. I like putting things up on the walls but I need to do it with minimal tape and nails, since I am just renting (and don’t have a level). Here is a start to remedying this!
DIY Message Board
- frame of your choice
- cardboard to fit inside the frame
- fabric of choice
- hot glue or wood glue
- stiff cardstock (large enough to cover the back of the frame)
(Glue and paper not shown, I realized I needed them halfway through the process.)
- Cut fabric a little bigger than the cardboard.
- Staple fabric to the cardboard (staple close to the edge, they will be covered by the lip of the frame).
- Staple ribbons in a criss-cross pattern.
- Turn the frame over and put glue on the underside of the window lip.
- Attach fabric-covered cardboard to frame, stack with something heavy (books), let dry.
- Cut paper to size of back of the frame (I had to tape two pieces together, it’s on the back so it doesn’t matter a whole lot). Glue to back of frame.
Walah! Very nice.
I’m propping this up somewhere so I don’t have to put another nail in the wall. My frame is a custom frame from Michael’s that was on sale, it’s about 10×14 or somewhere around there. It was $8! The fabric is a reuse from another project (recovered a little metal folding stool), and the ribbon is from my extensive collection of too many colors. I used staples mostly because I was lazy, but it ended up working out really well. Stapling cardboard is actually really easy. I wasn’t sure if the red frame would go with the peach fabric and gold ribbon, but it works quite nicely. Nice Saturday project!
The past few weeks have been a fast-moving blur. Industry Day and the aftermath, catching up on schoolwork, working furiously on team project, Color Reactive, freelance work, and trying to have clean laundry all at the same time has been tiring. The good news is that it’s all coming along rather well, and I don’t plan on letting up until graduation or the completion of these projects.
Ah, graduation. Speaking of which, that’s pretty soon. I keep getting emails from the school about Senior Week and senior events, free t-shirts for seniors, free breakfast and financial planning advice for seniors, senior this and senior that. I sort of put it out of my head during the past couple of weeks while I was concentrated elsewhere, but now that Industry Day is over and I have started to interview with a few companies, I need to begin to consider my options. Where do I want to live? Who do I want to work with? What do I want to do? All big questions.
So, a re-cap of Industry Day. It was insanely crazy. The first people I talked to were from interactive giant R/GA. That was a little scary, but they were cool and offered some very helpful advice about my portfolio. It was right after that I realized there was nothing to be afraid of. These were professionals that were here to offer their seasoned advice and to help me improve my skills. Throughout the day of madness, I took notes and saved business cards, handed out resumes and shook many hands. Everyone was extremely friendly and happy to be there, even though they all sat for four-plus hours in the hottest gym in the world. Afterwards, a bunch of friends, our professor, alumni, and even some company reps came out to the bar and got to know each other a little better. It was a relaxing end to a stressful day. If you want to read something super awesome, check out Tim Barber of Odopod’s blog post about his trip to RIT.
Color Reactive is well on its way. I started programming it yesterday, beginning with CSS/HTML. The next step is to create a database and link it up to the interactive Flash part, which will be more challenging. Luckily, I know a slew of programmingly-inclined peers who have offered to help with the process.
I changed a few projects around in my portfolio after gathering feedback from companies at Industry Day. The general consensus seemed to be that I am more into motion graphics than anything else, but that is not true. That impression evolved from me showcasing an animation project I had just finished. The only reason it was at the top was because it was the more recent completed project. I have since switched the order so I feature my most successful/favorite projects first – interactive web.
Team project is getting down to the final count. Imagine RIT, our launch deadline, is less than two weeks away, and we are still comping up the final pages. The developers are scrambling to code as we design, and it’ll be a tremendous group effort to get the project cohesive for launch. We have made leaps and bounds since I last wrote about it – check out our blog to get more info. We are almost exlusively referring to ourselves as Endorsy (our website name) now, instead of Amphora (our team name). We are talking about metric conversions between social networks and how to display the data so it’s not confusing to users. We are exploring final logo options and creating promotional materials for the launch on May 1st. The deadline for all the pages DONE is this Saturday. It’s tight, but definitely doable. For anyone in the Rochester area, keep an eye on our blog within the next two weeks to find out about our location and when we’ll be showcasing the project!
I made these today for my work-in-progress Synaesthesia project.
Today is a lazy Saturday. It’s already 5pm, and I have accomplished just about nothing. I just ordered some pizza to top off my day of nothingness, which was delicious, by the way. If you order from Pizza Hut, get those Hershey’s breadsticks things. They are yum to the yum yum. In an effort to become more motivated so I can actually accomplish something today, I thought a blog post would help.
I was going through my iTunes just now, realizing that I have at least twenty albums from bands I’ve never listened to before. That is just odd. Why do I even have the music, then? Sometimes I hold on to albums because I think I will grow to like them someday. That’s just silly, isn’t it? Does anyone else do that? To remedy that situation, I am going through and listening to all the bands I usually skip over. Right now, it’s The Coral, their self-titled album. So far, not so bad. Not sure why I never listened to them before.
Another thing I did today was edit and complete my business card designs. I am so excited to get to pass them out at Industry Day!! Here’s one of the designs:
There are eight different designs all together. They all have the same information, just a different image on the front, and a different background color on the back. I am planning to print them out matte, but we’ll see how it looks. I might decide on something different.
I also made banana bread today. I had these bananas I had brought from home after spring break, and I forgot I had them. By the time I remembered, they were past the point of me wanting to eat them. So, I waited a few days and made banana bread! I was skeptical about liking it at first, because I usually am not a huge fan of it. The recipe in the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (this isn’t the one I have, this one is) is amazing though. Very sugary! That’s probably why I like it. I chose not to add nuts because I don’t like them. I sprinkled some sugar on the top while it was still hot after taking it out of the oven. The recipe says to let it cool overnight before cutting it, but I couldn’t wait. It is delicious! I’m not much of a food photographer, but at least you can see how tasty it looks.
Next on the list: some abstract acrylic paint goodness for a project I am currently pursuing. I made some initial comps last week, and will be refining them this weekend based on some critique I received in class. I am also working on coming up with a more unique name for the project than Synaesthesia. For those of you who don’t know what that is, check out the Wikipedia article. The short and sweet of it: Synaesthesia is a normally harmless medical condition that causes the people who have it to see certain colors in their minds when they smell, see, feel, or taste. It’s an insanely cool thing in my opinion, but then again, I don’t have it. The comps I made recently for the website involve splashes of paint bring thrown across the screen at certain points, so that’s what I’ll be creating today. Here is an idea of what the site will look like at the moment (it’s bound to change at any point):
Well, not necessarily a new product. This book was written for a small business that actually sells things. Instead, I will tell you about a project I’m working on that explores music, art, print, and animation.
I have been taking piano lessons since I was in third grade. I love to play classical music, as well as songs from movies and plays (who doesn’t?). I decided to put this to good use, since I had never before mixed my musical abilities with my artistic abilities. The piece I decided to base my project on is Chopin’s Nocturne, In E Minor, Op. 72 No. 1. It’s a beautiful piece that I have loved ever since I watched the Secret Garden when I was little. It was played when Mary Lennox seeks out the crying she hears at night, which is coming from Colin Archibald’s room. It is a very scary and mysterious scene of the movie, with thunder and lightning crashing, curtains billowing, and the wailing heard over everything.
The way I decided to portrait this piece is through “print animation” (I just made that up). Nocturne is split up into four different sections, two major and two minor, which alternate, starting with minor. For each section, I will create a still piece capable of being printed by merging together different media of the traditional and digital worlds. Once that is complete, they will all be strung together in an animation, each piece merging into the next as the notes of the music change. The aim is for the transitions to be extremely subtle, so the viewer is not sure whether or not the piece is actually moving. I want to create the same mysterious, melancholy, and sombre effect the music has.
How far am I? So far, I only have the first piece done, and I have been practicing the piece wherever I can find time. It has a few runs in it on the last page that are giving me headaches. My goals are to finish the three remaining pieces by the end of the weekend, as well as make a recording of Nocturne by that time. I will spend the remainder of my time on the project animating it all together, fully completing it on Wednesday of next week.
This is the first piece!
Mixed media before computer input:
This part of the process was created by layering pieces of black paper one on top of the other. The top of the work is organized, and the farther the eye travels down the board, the more chaotic it gets. The point of this piece was to create a feeling of falling into the unknown (like when Alice falls down the rabbit hole). Media: cardstock, colored pencil, acrylic paint, feathers.
After computer input:
After fixing levels and overlaying a few images on top of the traditional piece, this effect was created. I am deciding whether or not it should be a little darker, but I think I achieved the ominous, mysterious mood I was aiming for.
Check out this piece next week at my new portfolio site! (The one you see there now is not the redesign – that will be up by tomorrow at the latest.)