So for February I'm continuing my animation project. I've been focusing on working on smoother transitions, I'm using the speed graph more and have been exploring character based stuff.
As per my Jan blog post, I've embarked on a 2 month-ish campaign where I'm using my 365 project and most of my other time to learn After Effects and practice animation. I do love a nice .gif
Dec16 #Create365 Day62-92
December was a busy month, so #365 was one of my main focuses of energy. I created some cool graphics focused around the making and enjoyment of tea; and narrowly avoided starting a series of biscuit illustrations (perhaps in the future).
I made a little logo for the company football team (UFC!), pondered about my future dream cottage and created a graphic as a thank you to my wonderful friend Sammi. She knows just what to say, and gives the best gifts.
Resolutions 2017 - Visualising what I want from the coming year.
Plans change, but I still like to dream!
I've been grinding on my #Create365 project since October 1st, and as the days were ticking through the late 80s and into the early 90s, I began thinking about the years ahead.
Lately; I would say my mind has been consumed with thoughts on the future; so I thought it would be a great way to put that into practice with some visualisations of what I hoped for the year(s) to come. For me a highlight would be going on a motorcycle tour, or doing a public talk about design.
I loved working on these visuals - especially the last two which say bye bye to 2016, and welcome in 2017. This was the first consecutive project I worked on for #365, and it was refreshing to commit to a single idea and style. I'll be doing more of this throughout the year!
Nov16 #Create365 - Day32-61
In november, I focused more on icongraphy. I explored more of my usual line-style, and also a clean flat style of illustration. A highlight for me was my little icon celebrating my PC making it to 5 years (I built it myself so its special to me). I also enjoyed exploring the textured code club graphic.
Meet The Robots
I've never been particularly strong when it comes to characters, but I've often had an interest in robots, and so throughout my #365 project I began to develop a couple of robotic characters. The robots tend to take a steampunk or dieselpunk, featuring leaks and wear and tear.
Don't feed the robots.
Isometric was new to me, but was another theme I developed an interest in whilst working on #365. Something about the complexity and departure from 2d was really fun for me. I explored a variety of ideas, from abstract, iconography and illustrative scenes.
The biggest pain was getting Illustrators' smart guides to actually be smart, but that's a grumble for another time. Enjoy the pictures!
Drink & Draw
I'm a big believer that great ideas start far upstream. And for me I love working with people are truly passionate about what they do. To that end, whilst at UNiDAYS I created a drink and draw social event, part of a larger series of "Creative Forum" activities.
I feel like everyone has untapped potential, and unrealised ideas inside them. If your friends are all staying after work to socialise and enjoy the act of creativity, it makes it so much easier to find the time to work on your passion projects.
Star Trek Type Posters
I've long been deeply interested in science fiction and fantasy. Star Trek is one of my favourite franchise, and I really enjoyed creating these voyager inspired graphics. They're textured and grungy, which was a fun departure from my usual clean approach.
I'm pleased with the simplicity however, and the typographic focus is nice. The Borg are the main protagonists of the Voyager series, and they use huge cuboid spaceships; it was a nice touch that their language could form a link.
October was the first month of my challenge. It was exciting. I explored quite a few different style of illustration, icons, drawings and photo comps. Not everything worked out well, but that's the nature of exploration.
Some of my favourite creations are probably the simple typographic gifs. Those are something I could push much further. Enjoy!
Leafly - App Concept
I'm often very curious, often like to strike out and explore new areas of design. This app concept gave me a chance to think deeply about the rational behind a product, and also work on the UI.
Leafly is a app inspired by the goal of helping those who enjoy the outdoors meet other like minded folks. One idea I felt strongly about was that the app should be beautiful, making a feature of the great outdoors and also that the photography should customise itself to the user to personalise the experience.
The Writer's Survival Kit
A self-initiated project inspired by my work on 'In The Red' magazine. Purely for fun, the creation of pictograms dictated the way the project evolved and in which form. The result was a fun little poster poking fun at writer stereotypes and giving some of the tools of the trade a right good grilling!
Tina Seelig's innovation engine
After watching a Ted talk by Tina Seelig, I became very interested in ideas on creativity. After doing a short presentation at work to discuss some of the ideas, I embarked on a few fun creative posters to summarise different approaches for practising creativity. It was also great fun to use Illustrator once again.