After Effects Class

I’ve been taking Intro to After Effects at SVC and have been learning some cool stuff. Here’s a small clip we made in the final day of class:

 

Game Plan Final Presentation

Here’s the final presentation for my Game Plan app.

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Also, links to the prototypes:

Task Flow 1 (RSVP for a game)
Task Flow 2 (The Sub Finder from the player’s side) and Task Flow 3 (The Sub Finder from the player’s side)
Task Flow 4 (The Sub Finder from the manager’s side)

For your viewing pleasure…

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Here are some great projects I worked on last time I was in school at Seattle Central. Judging by the fact that we were using Flash, you’ll know that this was awhile ago…

An interactive Zune presentation

A Tegan and Sara music video

 

becoming a bibliophile (and subsequently loving book cover design)

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I grew up reading books. Not because my parents made me. Not because my teachers made me. Because I loved getting lost in someone else’s story. At some point, the beauty of the actual book crept into my mind, and by high school I had decided my life goal was to have my own magazine. One where I would write and edit the stories, take the photos, and do the design and layout. Eventually I realized that I was a horrible photographer, and liked writing research papers more the essays, but the design aspect stuck. I went to UW and got an English degree, but after graduation I found that I didn’t want to teach or go to Grad School. After waiting tables for far too long, I enrolled in this little program called Publishing Arts at Seattle Central. My favorite project was the book project. I got to take a book, redesign it, and then actually produce it. That was the moment I REALLY fell hard for books. There is nothing like picking out the perfect font that captures the essence of your favorite book. I printed out the pages and painstakingly stitched them together. I picked out beautiful paper endsheets and assembled my final masterpieces with great care. After school ended, I was lucky enough to find freelance work with Sasquatch Books (where I had interned) and a full-time job at Mountaineers Books doing production. It was a GREAT learning experience and I love all the people I got to work with, but I realized that instead of working with the designers creating our books, I wanted to be creating them myself, which is how I ended up back at SCCC. I know the book landscape is completely different than it was even a few years ago, but I like to think it’s just evolving, not dying. I hope there will always be some physical books along with digital books. Here are some of my favorite books publishers:

Chronicle Books

They publish a wide range of interesting, quirky books and have many different design styles. I like to read their blog because they have an awesome set of posts about cover design and the covers that aren’t chosen. I love looking at all the ideas that didn’t make it past the drawing board. Here is a link to one of those entries. Some of my favorite covers by Chronicle:

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Sasquatch Books is a great, local publisher. They make beautiful books. They also have a great blog that has design tidbits throughout, including this cover process entry, written by their Associate Art Director (a SCCA Alum!). Some favorite Sasquatch Books covers:

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Another great PNW publisher is Timber Press, located in Portland. I admit I don’t usually purchase their books, as they are mostly high-level gardening manuals and I’m a basic (basic) gardener, but they have some beautiful covers:

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And last, but not least, there’s this non-profit publisher that has some GREAT books out there. Mountaineers Books has a lot of great narratives, how-to’s, where-to’s, and also some great lifestyle books in their Skipstone imprint. Here are a few of my favorite covers by M Books:

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Really Awesome Blogs

Today Andrew asked us to blog about blogs that we love. Last year I moved into my own apartment and settled down into the full time job schedule, which left me with a lot of free time to finally do things I had always wanted to do, but never had the time for. I went on a crafting, cooking, gardening, DIY spree which started on the internet. The three blogs I’m featuring are places I was frequently daily, looking for inspiration and instruction. Obviously I’m a little busy these days, but hope to get back my free time eventually and find even more blogs like these.

1. Design Sponge

Design Sponge is a great blog, all about designing your space and your life. I usually spend most of my time looking at the Before/After section (inspiration for turning my junk into art), and the DIY section. I think this blog is successful due to its content. There’s ALWAYS something cool to make or an interesting look at someone’s space and the interior design. They update it pretty regularly and there’s always a weekly wrap-up post. The redesigned the site a couple years ago, and while I’m not a huge fan of all the elements, I like the thin sans serif font and the focus on photos. It’s really easy to navigate and you can find projects based on price, difficulty, material, technique, you name it! It’s simple and fun.

I love the thumbnails along with full size photos

I love the thumbnails along with full size photos

 

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Great searching options in the Before & After section!

 

2. 101 Cookbooks

101 Cookbooks is beautiful AND useful. There are so many good recipes on this site! I think Heidi Swanson (the creator) is really successful in part because of the recipes, but also because of the simplicity and beauty of the site. She does weave her life, travels and personality into the posts though, and that gives her site personality in spite of its minimalist look. Her photos steal the show and everything else is simple. Great content, great delivery. It helps that she’s a photographer… Her site is also really easy to navigate and search for recipes by several categories.

Photo-heavy main page

Photo-heavy main page

 

Images for all the recipes, even in list form

Images for all the recipes, even in list form

 

3. Behance

I guess Behance isn’t technically what you might think of as a blog, but I use it for art inspiration. I think part of why it works so well is that it’s a collective of different people sharing their art. There is a wide range of styles because the sample is so large. I also really like all the search options that are easy to use so you can search for pretty specific things. You can also search for artists from specific schools, so I can see what UW design students are creating. Good to see what the competition is crafting in their students and alumni. They make it easy to follow artists and connect to them with social media. So it’s networking and inspiration, all in one.

You can "Follow" the artist, or send them a message.

You can “Follow” the artist, or send them a message.

 

Main page view, by thumbnails

Main page view, by thumbnails

my summer vacation (or lack thereof)

Seahawks with the little bro!

Seahawks with the little bro!

Go Huskies!

Go Huskies!

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Yay Sounders!

The Husky helmet car at MOHAI.

The Husky helmet car at MOHAI.

sunset from cougar mountain

Sunset from cougar mountain

John Mayer at the Gorge.

John Mayer at the Gorge.

Wake surfing

Wake surfing

Meeting Megan Rapinoe. Highlight of my life.

Meeting Megan Rapinoe. Highlight of my life.

View from the Great Wheel.

View from the Great Wheel.

Sibling weekend! First Red Robin and then World War Z 3D!

Sibling weekend! First Red Robin and then World War Z 3D!

On the way to P-Town.

On the way to P-Town.

My first 10k! Check out my sweet medal.

My first 10k! Check out my sweet medal.

This is the first summer in a long time that I didn’t take any time off. Kinda needed the money for school. But, I still managed to have a pretty full and awesome summer. I ran my first 10k, wake surfed for the first time, hiked poo poo point, went to a couple Sounders games, a Seahawks game, yoga’d it up, rode the great wheel, visited MANY dog parks, road tripped to Portland, went to John Mayer at the Gorge, checked out MOHAI with my grandparents from out of town, played LOTS of soccer games (even scored a couple goals!), watched the Huskies dominate in their new stadium, spent lots of quality time with my awesome siblings (and friends) and saw numerous amazing sunsets. All in all, it was a pretty fantastic summer. Here are some shots to prove it!

who are ruby and beau?

beau, ruby, and uncle sebastian

beau, ruby, and uncle sebastian

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doxies love the sun

monsters in lake washington

monsters in lake washington

Ruby and Beau are my little monsters. Well, they’re miniature dachshunds, but I’ve referred to them as the monsters for so long that they now think that’s their name. My love for all things dachshund started when my parents got a puppy doxie (Sebastian). It was all downhill from there. Ruby and Beau hate the rain but love snow, enjoy long walks on the beach at discovery park and like hiking up extremely steep terrain. During the summer we rotate dog parks weekly, but in the winter it’s mostly cuddle time. Hopefully they’ll get part time jobs while mom is in school to help out with the rent.