Tag: design

MoChat 3 Transcript

Last night’s MoChat had a great turnout to discuss design theory. The conversation evolved into general ways to improve our craft, how to stay sharp, and finding time to learn/practice. Several links were posted with various resources to learn from. Angie Taylor’s Design Essentials for the Motion Media Artist received a few recommendations, as well as Design for Hackers, and Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5. The course Kinetic Typography Techniques with After Effects was also recommended as covering design decisions in addition to technique. Greyscale Gorilla’s Five Second Projects were mentioned for practice. And for inspiration the Sullivan & Marks 1978 ABC Demo Reel was posted.

We had a great time last night. Be sure to join us next week at 9PM EDT. Read on for the transcript below…

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Free #C4D Models: Holiday Pack

Tis the season!  Here are 4 free Cinema 4D models for use in you holiday animations this season!  You’ll get the 4 models along with the .OBJ format versions for people using other 3D programs and earlier versions of Cinema 4D.  Included in the files are the HDRI textures I used for some of the nice reflections.  Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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Country Music Styleframe by Paul Crandall

Conceptualisation and the creative process


Peter Crandall - abc styleframes

abc styleframes by Peter Crandall

I’ve started to work on slightly larger projects recently, and as with a lot of things in this business I’ve suddenly realised why people need things like storyboards and styleframes. They’re essential on larger and/or more complicated jobs. If you need to see examples of great styleframes, have a look at Nate Howe’s work, Peter Crandall’s site  or the artists featured on sixteenxnine.net. – Read More –

Wacom has an “Inkling”

Wacom has finally let the cat out of the bag about it’s “mystery” product that it’s been teasing on its website for over a week now.  That mystery product is the “Inkling”, Wacom’s newest digital drawing capture device, using a physical pen-and-ink clipboard that captures, stores and then transfers your actual drawings to your computer as layered vector files you can use in Illustrator or Photoshop, among other software.

We all know using Wacom tablets for mograph is great after the initial adjustment period, but when having to draw or sketch on a tablet, drawing onto a plastic tablet and looking up into a computer monitor lacked the absolute control you’d want when drawing.  Inkling gives you that control of drawing with a real pen and paper because, well, you ARE drawing with a real pen and a physical piece of paper.  And at a fraction of the cost of a Cintiq tablet, where you physically draw on a computer monitor, the Inkling’s $199 price point makes it an attractive alternative.

So how does it work?   The Inkling is the size of a clip on an A4 clipboard that can attach onto any piece of paper, notebook, etc, and uses a pressure senative stylus (just like the Wacom tablet stylus) only this stylus is an actual pen with ink.  You draw on your paper clipped to the Inkling using the pen and the detachable sensor records all of your pen strokes.  Tapping a sensor on the Inkling creates a new layer allowing even more control to edit later in Photoshop or Illustrator.  Using the software that comes with the Inkling called the Wacom Sketch Manager, you can import your sketches via a USB port as vector-based drawings where you can then export out for use in Photoshop or Illustrator (Autodesk Sketchbook Pro & Sketchbook Designer is also supported) If you don’t want to do any editing, you can also export them out as un-layered JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, SVG and PDF files.

It’ll be interesting to see how well the physical pen strokes convert to vector, I could see dealing with a mess of bezier handles while cleaning up your sketches.  But at the $199 price point, it’s less expensive and gives you more control than an iPad and a Cintiq.  Even replacing the ink is inexpensive, as it just takes standard Mini Ballpoint refill cartridges.  I don’t see why any designer would want to be without this.  I can think of many benefits when it comes to easy manipulating sketched out storyboards, logo creation and brainstorming.  One of the features I think HAS to be figured out is some way to be able to record your pen strokes for use in a video in, say, an After Effects motion graphics piece.  Using the Write-On effect with a Wacom is pretty messy, imagine having the same amount of control with a pen and paper making those same kind of animated pen strokes.

The Inkling arrives in stores in mid-September.  Here is the official video from Wacom:

Do The World A Favour

Do The World A Favour

I have always had a special little place in my heart for any of Tendril’s design work. They always seem to embody a very diverse style, and a knack for conveying the message at hand effectively, through visuals. It should come as no surprise that this video, does exactly that.

Brief from Tendril:

The brief was to create a 30 second spot for a new electronics recycling program in the province of Ontario. When Agency59 first came into the studio to talk about the project, we discussed a wide range of approaches and stylistic treatments. In its first iteration, the story was to open each scene with types of electronics (audio, video, office) which would be disassembled, revealing a ‘return’ button that would act as an anchor and transition mechanism. We also explored the possibility of having each scene be executed in a different visual style. Following a round of design and research though, we went back to the drawing board and built up a new idea that would show not only disassembly but separation, detoxification and repurposing of materials cradle to cradle.

I highly recommend heading over to Tendril’s own website, and checking out some of their other great work.