The month started out with the temporary closing of Bauhaus on Capitol Hill. I mentioned visiting the cafe with John at the beginning of September. Like so many others, Bauhaus Coffee and Books at Melrose and Pine has had a special place in my heart, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to commune with […]
The summer has been winding down and I’ve been rushing to make the most of every opportunity to get out and paint! This month, John and I painted on site at Bauhaus Coffee and Books on Capitol Hill (before it’s too late! *SOB*) and Drumheller Fountain on the University of Washington Seattle campus.
In August I mostly wandered around the city on foot and on bike. Fortunately for me, high summer is the best time to be in Seattle! This month has brought about the change switching from using my travel Sennelier palette, to a custom arrangement of Daniel Smith paints proposed by Tom Hoffman for his upcoming […]
July has been filled with great opportunities to get outside and paint! I painted at the Wooden Boat Festival at South Lake Union Park and the Cross Pollinate Garden Walk in Georgetown as well as several other familiar places around Seattle. I’ve also taken my exercises backpacking for the first time to much success.
Last summer I began using PowerPoint to depict user interfaces and narrative user interactions. Turns out PowerPoint is a great tool for this, specifically because it is easy to use to piece together a series of user interface ‘states’ that reflect a narrative user story, re-order them as necessary, and then present them on screen, or e-mail the file to a group of stakeholders. What’s more, individual or grouped elements can be animated in a variety of ways, so that during a presentation, one can demonstrate user interactivity in a way that comes much closer to how an actual version of an interface could work.
Much of PowerPoint’s merit comes with ease of use; many of the basic techniques it requires to get up and running take maybe an hour to figure out on one’s own, even without a detailed explanation of how it works. One aspect of working with PowerPoint that did end up taking me some time to learn was working with animation.
There are two kinds of animation you can apply to objects on a PowerPoint slide: Effects and Motion. Effects applied to an object cause it to appear or disappear (by fading in or wiping out, for example), or display emphasis (such as color change, spinning, or blinking effects), while motion is used to move elements around along a vector path within the confines of the slide. All animations are triggered either by a ‘click’ or a previously occurring animation. This latter type of animation trigger makes it possible for several objects placed on a slide to be animated at once – either in parallel or in sequence – which can yield some pretty involved animation sequences. This also leads us to a peculiar characteristic of PowerPoint, where complex animations are possible using drastically simplified and consolidated user tool conventions.
With the exception of study of Ashir riding his bike through the tulips and the Seattle skyline images, the work in this gallery was captured exclusively en plein aire. Working quick and light en plein aire is something that I am learning to enjoy. Much of the work here is the result of sketchbook sessions that […]
I’m happy to announce the return of The Book of Night to my web site. I’m still fond of this work and feel like it’s strangeness has definitely stood the test of time.
Thanks to the miracle of the internet, you can now view both Series 1 and Series 2 of The Book of Night – in their entirety – at absolutely no cost to you (unless you count the severing of your already threadbare grasp on reality that you will experience by being completely consumed by this disarming foray into realms of mystery)!
As anyone who has made their living in design in the past couple of decades knows, you can’t get there from here without Adobe’s Creative Suite software. Best known for Photoshop, Illustrator, and an ever expanding galaxy of production software, Adobe has not only delivered the highest fidelity solutions for creative professionals over the years, they have also capitalized upon this success to become the one must-have software suite among studios big and small throughout the world.
As I have come in to making my living as a web interface designer, programmer, and illustrator, I have become unwittingly dependent upon Adobe’s applications.
I have decided to search for reasonable replacements for the Adobe apps I use most on my Mac. To my delight, there are several software development teams busy producing some very promising if not altogether better than Adobe alternatives for Apple’s Mac OS X and iOS platforms.
In this and future posts, I’ll be writing about my experiences with these apps – the good and the bad.
This week, I look at Bohemian Coding’s Sketch app in place of Adobe’s Fireworks.