Recently two of my favourite productivity products came together to blow my mind. Moleskine and Evernote have decided to marry their products into a beautiful example of taking an online service and giving it a complimentary relationship with a physical product. The new Evernote Smart Notebook uses the apps new Page Camera feature to capture the page using your smartphone or tablet (current iOS for iPhone and iPad). The feature lets you digitize the page from your book so that you can share and search it via your Evernote account.
This next blog post just literally popped up in my Facebook update as I scanned through my friend’s post on a Cal Art student which did a magnificent animation piece. Toniko Pantoja, currently a 2nd year student created a film short called Crayon Dragon, which is a wordless narrative depicting a tale of a girl befriending a painted one winged dragon. Although short, the storytelling and ambient music weaved into the animation harmoniously leaving viewers wanting to know more of this strange world the girl has illustrated. The illustration is astounding as it embodies a semi-Disney essence with a more loose and sketchy style, which is quite refreshing. Much of the movements and panning were really well executed that added to the whimsical feel.
This past Sunday, June 3rd I participated in the Ride for Heart in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation for the first time.
I’m an avid cyclist living in Toronto and have always dreamed of riding on the DVP, got close once when I was a kid, there was construction and it was closed off near my house. Sneaked in but was quickly seen and kicked out by a cop. So this year when the opportunity arose I jumped at it. I looked into the details only to find out they had a 75K route which had its top loop at York Mills Rd. (where I had gone in as a kid), it was meant to be!
After three years of being a designer in school, freelancing for companies and interning at a design studio, I still find the design process to be so elusive and vague. I mean why can’t there be some kind of formula that helps us create great design pieces. For me this process is comparable to the vast and diverse colour spectrum that contains innumerable colours. Unfortunately, we designers are stuck with this very open and loose process that I will attempt to describe next.
Staying consistently creative is easily one of the most difficult tasks as a designer. Constantly trying to pump out one “edgy” idea after the other can take it’s toll on your brain rather quickly. You often lose track of how long you’ve been staring at the same blank sketchbook or empty art board. In fact it can get to the point of frustration where you are longer able to sit still for more than a few seconds at a time. Or perhaps it’s just me. Regardless, I’d like to share with ya’ll a few tools I find especially handy for keeping my mind intact while trying to be creative.
After 3 and-a-half years of post-secondary education, I thought I had a pretty good grasp on the world of advertising — and I did, but unfortunately it was limited to the world of big brand advertising. What I didn’t know is that there is a whole market of medium and small businesses who also need to advertise. It’s because of my introduction to this world, through Derooted, that my interest has been restored in the entire industry.