Seeking Definition

Holy hell, the last time I posted on here was March 2nd 2015!! Man, even WordPress has a totally new (and improved?) user interface that I was completely unaware of. It’ so …blue. What do these buttons even do? YES, there’s a word count 🙂

Anyway, I was just reflecting on how I was telling Kat that I felt really good and thought I should document this occasion and update this blog thing. I used to blog all the time about why I felt good, or if I had an interesting thought or if I wanted to start some new routine in my life. I used to LIVE on this blog. Yep, we shared some good times this blog and I… I was actually just thinking recently that I might need to delete this thing and start fresh, it’s got a lot of history on it. It’s sad that I would debate clearing it out for professional continuity.

What was I talking about? Oh yeah; so today is Monday and it’s about 11:00pm. As a little update to my life, I’m in my third year of the Bachelor of Interaction Design program at Sheridan and it’s almost Internship time! We’re just finishing up this semester and I’ve had to make my portfolio website to shoot out to unsuspecting (potential) future employers. Partially why I’m writing this post is because I’ve had to reflect on how far I’ve come as a ‘designer’ and what kind of work I’ve loved, and also hated. In my Interaction Design portfolio there is a surprising lack of ‘interactive’ projects. Which leads me reflect on how I originally set out to be a Graphic Designer and somehow began coding, and making physical computing prototypes and user experience wireframes… it’s been weird, but I’m liking where I am.

AND that is why I’m writing this blog post today. I like where I am.

It’s a simple but powerful thing to be able to tell yourself. Not just professionally but personally, spiritually, or whatever. Liking where you are goes a long way to liking who you are and who you wanna be. Making my portfolio I got to see my life work in front of me and I like it. On the side I’m making my yearly playlist of best albums of 2015 currently, and I’m listening to great music and critiquing it’s relevance on the year. I’m confident about my new tattoo design (yes it’s vain but it’s these small personal things that you should appreciate). And most importantly I’ve been slapped in the face with the idea that I need to treat myself a little better and take care of myself, no matter how tough school/life gets. A few of these I would have never figured out if it wasn’t for Kat. She’s pretty solid at helping me squeeze the most out of life.

It’s reflecting on these things that help me feel defined. I think definition can bring out the best in people; I think it leads to growth. And man am I ever anxious to grow.

I think that’s all for now… 500 words. Bam.

L8r.

April’s Song – Real Estate

It’s about 4:00am on Wednesday December 17th. It’s less than a week to Christmas and my classes are finally all finished for the semester. I’ve turned my room into this blanket cave and have been hibernating. I really just popped by to add a few new updates of my work. I finished this website for my friends’ band and it turned out pretty rad.

I started working on it last April and they finally needed it for their debut release record that came out December 5th. I haven’t checked out the entire thing yet (I know, I know, terrible), but they’re playing a show this Friday at the Boston Manor in Burlington (Open inviting to come along!) so I’ll definitely hear the whole record there. Looking back at my process on the website design and development I made some huge mistakes, and learned a crazy amount from it.

My design is super basic and I know how to move forward now but I usually don’t like anything I’ve made looking back at it. I hope people dig it because their band is stellar and it felt great to contribute to such a killer project. I made a lame little collage of screenshots to check out and I’ll post the website link.

AND CHECK OUT THE BAND!

I felt caps were necessary.

http://www.biglonely.com

http://biglonely.bandcamp.com/

big_lonely_collage

And my second thing is a cool interactive band website application prototype I designed. The idea revolved (ha, revolved… you’d get that if you used the app.) around a ticket purchasing interface where you move a bus around to different cities where the band is touring. When the bus lands in say Toronto, the app opens up a ticket purchasing interface.

It’s fully functional and I 3D modeled Toronto and Montreal on an Earth and a tour van that rotates around the earth. I coded the thing using WebGL libraries so it’s ‘cutting-edge’. I’m not posting the app because it’s janky and it stinks, but I love it so I’ll give you some screenshots.

interaction_collage

I’m also posting a movie poster design that I kinda dug. I took some photos in Toronto edited them (instagram style) and added some trimmings.

poster_design

Okay, my next post will be one updating my life and thoughts and junk, I swear! And yeah, here’s a great tune by Real Estate.

 

IXD – Future UI Design Process

future_user_interface

This is the design I created for my Future User Interface video I posted earlier. The basic idea of the interface was to be able to scan plants for nutritional content and actions of the like. The design was keeping it neutral to help blend into the greenhouse where we shot the short clip, future advertisement thing.

I started with the design of this interface and then build the video around this concept. I originally had a few spinning objects created in After Effects for my actor to interact with but I felt it was getting too convoluted and the cut we made represented the interface how I planned initially anyway. We shot the clip in a greenhouse in Toronto and the lighting turned out far better than was planned, but I started messing around with a more dramatic overlay that almost killed it.

I’m happy with how it turned out for my first After Effects trial, but would love to work on more polished works in the near future.