Trying what others have done.
Seems silly that so many people would take an interest in redesigning something for themselves. What is in question here is the application icon for Sublime Text 2. Perhaps it's "hands-on" nature is what makes customizing everything about it so appealing. The icon is not spared from this. Here is an icon design that I felt suited my needs and reflected the essence of the application. My goal was a unique mark among icon design, out of apathy with everything else and the desire for maximum legibility.
The mark started with a custom tag < s > to stay true to the roots basic markup. All of the other aesthetic influences come from the definition of "sublime."
Generally when researching inspiration for marks I look at the meaning of the words I am designing for. The definitions of Sublime are as follows;
- Adjective – Of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe: "ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous".
- Verb – (of a solid substance) Change directly into vapor when heated, typically forming a solid deposit again on cooling.
The verb definition appealed me the most because the idea of process is easier to grasp and far less cheesy or expected than the adjective. What I wanted to convey the fact that design, development, and deployment are processes and Sublime Text 2 sits in the middle of this process in relationship to most of my work.
I don't assume this works for everyone because of the level of personalization but it's available for everyone. If you do use and enjoy, it let me know!
Telling the story through without holding the user's hand.
Fully designed and developed graphic
This interactive graphic, created for Bloomberg Businessweek, informs about the state of healthcare in industrialized nations. The challenge was to tell the story using annotations as a structured narration as well as allow for unaccompanied exploration of the data.
This generative art piece uses Flash and ActionScript 3 to track motion via a webcam and draw a dynamic illustration based on that motion it detects. It was commissioned for the AIGA Saint Louis Annual Meeting but wasn't able to be viewed at the event. View it here.
View the piece here. Please note it requires Flash Player and webcam or built-in iSight.
This is the first piece of generative art I've created that tracks motion (compared to the starring as3 visualizer that was reactive to sound).
When I started researching coding methods there were many resources to try to follow but the best example I found was that of Soulwire Art + Technology's webcam motion tracker. If you are interested in the code and methodology, as well as some other very interesting art and technology examples, check it out there.
The reason I used flash was that I could deploy the project more efficiently on such a quick turn-around. In the future it would be interesting to look into Kinect and other programming languages.
FoodStock Art Party is a charity art auction benefiting Operation Food Search in Saint Louis.
It's been a great pleasure to serve on the local AIGA Saint Louis chapter board and have the opportunity to work on some great projects such as the creation of this web page and the social media deliverables to promote and organize the event as well as create a piece of art that will contribute to a great cause. RSVP and see the site in action.