As much as I hate to admit this, I believe my little herb garden is officially dead. I tried my best and I thought I was doing really well, but I lost the poor things. I'm really disappointed. I really like have plants around the apartment. It adds a nice lively touch. I think I'm going to replace the herbs with some Succulents. There are so many beautiful types. It would make for a nice window garden. And since they are drought resistant I think I'll have a better chance keeping them alive, right?
London is, well... quite lovely if you ask me. I love the culture, the accents, and the history of city. While studying there on a college summer trip, I had a project where I was assigned to design a mind map illustrating what I did over the weekend. It was a fun personal project that always brings back fond memories when I see it.
About a month ago I came across a website called They Draw and Travel filled with similar maps of other people's favorite places. Anyone can submit a map and possibly win a cash prize or even get printed in a future book they hope to publish, compiled of all chosen maps. I knew I wanted to submit my map, but after looking back at it, I decided to overhaul the design a bit. Actually, I changed a lot of it. I think it turned out pretty good. It has the England vibe I was going for. Crossing my fingers.
I wasn't sure what to post this morning and then I saw this Dachshund. What's better than a cute dog picture to start your monday? I think nothing. More power to you Super Dog.
I got up a few hours ago and I still don't feel like I've completely waken up. I hate not feeling rested when you wake up. I've developed a very low tolerance for being tired. In college I used to stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning every night, not anymore. I need my sleep. I wish I had one of my dad's iced coffees to give me a little boost this morning.
Since I get to animate for a living every day, I don't get as much time as I'd like to work on my own animation projects. But my company is having a viral video contest this year, and I finally came up with what I thought was a good idea last week. The way the contest works is anyone at my work can submit videos to the company's youtube channel, and the video with the most views at the end of the year wins a trip for two to New York.
My idea (and strategy) was to spoof a different, wildly popular, video on youtube. The video was of an 8-bit cat with a pop-tart body flying through the air with a rainbow coming off the back of him set to a catchy song. It looped the same animation for three and a half minutes, and that's all it was. In less than three months it generated over 23 million views. So my idea was to combine this extremely simple animation with another trending internet topic: Captain America. The movie comes out later this month, and hopefully turning him into an 8-bit flying cartoon and attaching the animation to the same song as the pop-tart cat, I could generate enough views to win this competition. Take a look at the final product:
After showing it to my coworkers at our weekly meeting, most people seemed to be laughing simply because of how bizzarre the animation is. It didn't look like many people had faith in my strategy. However, I'm happy to say that within 24 hours it has generated nearly 2,000 views, thanks in part to being featured on a large trending topics website. The video in first place has over 16,000 views, so I have some catching up to do. But that video aslo has been online for three months, so I think I still stand a chance. Hopefully I can get it featured on a few more websites and blogs and then I think I'll be golden.
This actually was a lot of fun to make. I had never made pixel art before, and I'm really happy with the way that it turned out. If you'd like to see the original video, click here.
It's summer and there is no question that the best thing to cool off during a hot day is a big bowl of ice cream. However, after being married to Jake for a year now, I have leaned not to share a bowl with him. He eats his so fast that I can only get a good 3-4 bites in before the bowl is empty. I saw these spoons and they made me laugh, but they're only half the solution. Now I just need yours and mine bowls.
Today is the first day in two weeks that I have been home during the day for work. Last week I worked with Jake on his show Who Knew that he animates for. It was nice being with him during the day. But today I am home which will give me a chance to catch up on some work. I can't say it enough; I love working from home! It's cozy and I feel productive. Projects in the works for our clients today include but are not limited to: wedding invitation design, tattoo design and coffee shop identity. They are all turning out really well. I can't wait to show you them when they are complete. I guess I should end this post if I'm going to get caught up on all that. Wish me luck!
Happy July everybody! Can you believe it's already July? This year is flying by. Today I'm excited to announce a new feature on our blog called The Face of Type. Each month Jake and I are going to pick one of our favorite typefaces, tell you a little about it and spruce up a letter from that face. We will be doing this for the next 26 months starting with the letter A and going all the way through Z. Instead of just posting the design on our blog every month, we thought we would share it with you by allowing you to download it and use it as a background on either your computer or phone. We are so excited to take on a project of our own and share it with you. I hope you enjoy it!
The first month is American Typewriter. This was an obvious choice for the letter A. It's one of my favorite typefaces. The round serifs makes it so nice.
Font Fun Fact: The I Love NY tourism campaign uses American Typewriter.