The Beginner's Guide To Animating Custom GIFs (And Giveaway!)

February 5, 2015

Alright all you graphic designers out there! Jake released another class on Skillshare called The Beginner's Guide to Animating Custom Gifs. I know nothing about After Effects/Animating so I got to be the guinea pig in this class to make sure it was truly a beginner's course. And I have to say it was a super fun class to take! It's perfect for graphic designers who want to have fun and add a little motion to their designs. Best of all it's free for a limited time AND Jake is running a contest now until February 13 where if you finish a Valentine's Day themed GIF you are entered to win an annual premium membership to Skillshare! I know all of you would own this class so I would love to see you guys rock out some sweet designs! Sign up for free for a limited time here:

My Guest Post on Launching Creative

January 15, 2015

Recently my friend Nik asked if I'd be willing to write a guest post for his blog Launching Creative. So I decided to write an Adventure Time themed post on "5 Reasons You Should Create Art As A Hobby When You Already Create It For A Living." You can check it out here!

Five things for 2015

January 9, 2015

I can already tell 2015 is going to be a big, exciting year for us. So much has happened in the last few months leading up to it. I won't get into it all now but know that a big fat update is coming your way. Until then here are five things we're going to do to get the most out of 2015.

Creating is something that comes very natural for Jake and I. It's our careers. We do it every day. But this year I want to also create for ourselves. Create things that inspire us, create things for fun. Create things just for us. We already have a running list of ideas so every Friday we are going to try our best to take a creative day where, as long as client projects permit, we will be working on projects all our own.

Chaos and clutter seem to escalate when you live in a small apartment. This year we're simplifying. First up is some major decluttering. We're getting rid of things we don't need or don't use enough to take up the valuable space in our apartment. Also I found this 30-Day Minimalism Challenge that I can't wait to start. Anyone else in?

More day trips please. Sometimes I forget taking a trip doesn't mean you have to hop on a plane or drive for 10 hours straight. There are a ton of places we can explore and still be home in time for dinner.

There is so much stuff I want to learn like how to make really good real ramen (recipe anyone?), or how to weave, and I'd love to get good at sewing. The list goes on and on. Skillshare will definitely be a part of our learning this year along with all those tutorials I've pinned.

And lastly, we want to take the time to enjoy where we're at and get out of the habit of just getting things done and moving on. We want to learn how to plan for the future but live in the moment.

What are your five things you want out of 2015?

Skillshare Annual Premium Membership Contest

January 7, 2015

I'm giving away a free year of premium membership to Skillshare! All you have to do is sign up for my class and finish a project this month to enter.

The Ultimate Guide to Shape Layers in After Effects

January 5, 2015

I'm thrilled to announce that I'm teaching a second Skillshare class!

This new class will give you all the knowledge you need to start making animations using shape layers. You'll learn everything there is to know about one of After Effect's most powerful tools! Through the class, you'll be creating an animation like this one:

You can sign up using this link: