I’m proud to say that I’ve become part of the team at Godfrey Advertising in Lancaster, PA! I’m so excited for all of the possibilities in store and working with such a diverse team of people. In only my third day, I’ve gotten started on my first client-based project in which I’ll be able to use my full skill set and work at a fast pace with some of the great people I’ve met. After searching high and low all over the east coast for a position, I never thought I’d end up ten minutes away from where I graduated last year, but I don’t think I could be any happier with my decision.
Check out some (emphasis on some, these people never stop moving) of the work Godfrey does at http://www.godfrey.com!
For the past three months, I’ve been the Interactive Design Intern at Mission Media (check out their website at www.missionmedia.com!) in Baltimore, Maryland. Accepting this position meant packing up my things and moving from my suburban life in Reading, Pennsylvania, to a city that I knew little to nothing about; but I was excited for the challenge and the opportunity to learn something new about not only the industry I had been waiting to dive into but also about myself.
Starting at Mission, I was greeted by not only the staff, and not one, not two, but THREE office dogs which was a pleasant surprise!
One of Mission’s biggest client’s is STX, a Baltimore-based sporting goods manufacturer. The first few weeks of work that I did was dealing with this brand. There were a few edits to be made to some already existing files for their upcoming Facebook and Twitter campaigns, not really complicated, but I did have to start familiarizing myself with the language of the brand and the sports it followed. I created an animated GIF for the “Game Faces” campaign and it has since been featured on Lacrosse.com, again simple, but I hadn’t yet made one in Photoshop CS6 so I did have to familiarize myself with this.
I was also given a spreadsheet of videos and content to input using Cold Fusion CMS which was tedious but I actually didn’t mind once I became used to the catalog of merchandise and terminology. It’s a very different way of looking at the deve
lopment side then what I’d been used to; I had only ever seen full markup, HTML and CSS, but the use of a content management system made things easier to an extent. I really do love code, the left-brain designer in me thrives on the organization of it all – either it works or it doesn’t work. The only part that was then complicated was if something didn’t work right the message had to be relied to the development team, it wasn’t something that I could fix myself. But it was a great introduction to Cold Fusion and I have since looked into it more.
Some other STX things that I worked on were a Hanger for a magazine that will be printed for the “Gentlemen” campaign, an e-mail blast for when the new website was launched, and some ideas for women’s lacrosse handle graphics for the upcoming Exult and Exult-10 high-end handles. That was a really great exercise for me to get my hands on when some of the other designers had been fresh out of ideas and needed some of us to share a new perspective. They are still in the process of reviewing, but hopefully my designs will make an impact!
A larger project I worked on was for the North Charles Fine Wine company which is local to Baltimore. I created a few different e-mail templates that they will be able to use for their clients for different occasions. We went through numerous versions of templates because of the design of the website being changed at the same time, and I was also given very little information to build off of. They will be able to change the information within the template and it will be viewable on both Mac and PC formats with no changes.
Internally, I was also working on a design for a Mission Media Client Support website that will be used to direct clients to videos, PDF documents, FAQ sections, contact information, and the chance to submit support tickets or inquire about new work. This had also gone through many versions and revisions and also mid-way through Mission had undergone re-branding of its own so I had to incorporate that into this design as well. I had to think a lot about the user experience, that the clients would be of all levels of familiarity with the web and what they would most likely be trying to find one an answer to one thing in particular rather than just browsing around throughout the site.
The last project that I only saw through the beginning stages was with a company called D3I, a Baltimore-based architectural firm. I spent some time doing research on the company and looking at other architecture websites, specifically going through some of the top rated firm’s websites to see what aspects they had utilized that we could take advantage of in our redesign. The next step was to create wireframes for what the layout of the site would look like. I was given a creative brief for what the client wanted so I knew what to do to an extent, but there were still some unanswered questions. I created two sets of different wireframes that had a different navigation. This is as far as I got in the process of this project as time constraints and other clients had come about; however I am excited to see the end result that the other designers at Mission come up with!
My internship at Mission saw a lot of print work along with interactive – which I’m always open to. And luckily I had a classmate I graduated from Millersville with at my side who was also an intern there, who I got to see do some great work as well. So I think between myself and watching her I learned a great deal about working in an agency, the importance of communication, and how to enjoy yourself at your job. I’m really proud of myself for making the leap and taking this internship in this big unfamiliar city, and I hope it brings another amazing opportunity soon!
I was accepted as an Interactive Design Intern at Mission Media in Baltimore, Maryland for the fall! I’ll be moving to the city this week for the next three months. Nerves are at an all time high but I’m so excited!
Be sure to check out their work at www.missionmedia.com!
I don’t usually let my photography overlap my design work, but my best friend got married, so I feel it’s appropriate in this situation! I photographed he and his long-time sweetheart tie the knot, and it was absolutely beautiful. I find a lot of people often ask about my photo work, so here a is a link to their gallery on Flickr and to my other existing gallery.
Today I was featured on HOW Interactive as the Site of the Day for my responsive website for the Cape May Zoo! Very honored to be recognized by an author I admire in the web design field – Patrick McNeil. Here are some screenshots from the article:
I’ve been experimenting on different ways to make e-cards using CSS3. I found a way to make a 3D cube that can be moved by using the arrow keys on the keyboard. Here are some screenshots of what I’ve created… a birthday “greeting card” using my monster illustrations.
For the second card I created, I changed the letters using and manipulating the script Lettering.js. The letters each had a container and a span with different properties. I was able to set how the letters are in their regular state, and then transition, and transform states using skew properties, shadow properties, and color/font style properties. The speech bubble is an additional “CSS3 Trick” created with border properties to make the large curve of the bubble, the smaller curve of the bubble, the shape at the bottom where the two sides meet, and the white inside part of the bubble. There are standard properties like position, margin, color, etc. but there are more complex properties like z-index, position, and radius properties.
The movie I am using for my title sequence is Dazed and Confused. It was made in ’93 but takes place in 1976 and is about a group of high school students on their last day of school. They are big on their cars and “cruising”, smoking and partying, going to the pool hall and the moontower, and are all categorized into a specific group. There are the jocks who are becoming seniors, and it’s their mission throughout the whole movie to get ahold of the incoming freshman boys and basically beat them with home-made paddles. The girls who are becoming seniors have a similar hazing ritual for the incoming freshman girls who want to be a part of the popular crowd. The typical stoners. The smart geeks. You get the picture. Somehow they all party together and are intermingled to be good friends.
Possible Background Music:
Ted Nugent: Stranglehold (http://youtu.be/0c3d7QgZr7g)
Foghat: Slow Ride (http://youtu.be/GcCNcgoyG_0)
Here are two possible comps for the first few frames. They are very different styles, I’m leaning towards the first one because I think it represents the movie a lot better. The second one has a bit too much of a “That 70’s Show” feel.
I’ve been having trouble with thinking of an idea for the transitions between frames in order to keep the different colors and illustrations seperate but also linked together. I like the way transitions are used in this title sequence: http://watchthetitles.com/articles/0064-Le_Cactus, so I may take some cues from that.
I’m also a big fan of the Superbad opening title sequence (http://youtu.be/b5cMERD5S40). The transitions between the two of them dancing are more along the lines of what I’m trying to go for. Critics made comments about the 70’s feel to this sequence, the music and the colors used, alone with the simple style of animation – yet still completely appropriate for the film itself.
Here is my storyboard for my title sequence. It’s broken into parts because I could’t fit all onto one screen. I don’t have the timing lined up, I’m really unsure how to do it and I wanted to get some kind of feedback before I put the final touches on all of it. I’m also unsure if I want the words to just appear or if they should fade in. I’m overall really happy with it, I feel like it gives a relaxed 70’s vibe that follows the movie very well.
This is my final title sequence for Dazed and Confused. I really couldn’t find a solution to the smoke illustration issue, I was spending too much time trying to find another object that could have the same illustration style and I couldn’t think of anything, so I just took out that section all together. I think rather then finding something that was an afterthought this was a better solution to the problem.
I really like the 8mm film effect that I put over the whole thing. I had some problems trying to fade in the music correctly but I think it works okay since it starts off instrumental. For not being really familiar with this program or animation in general, I think I did a good job and captured the essence of the movie.