The winter months

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November, December It seems like the transition from on-site to studio work should have been easier, but in reality, the holidays swooped in hard and fast. With the exception of a single outing of the Capitol Hill Plein Aire Society Thanksgiving week, nothing happened until January. I think next year I’ll put more effort into setting […]

October 2013 Sketchbooks

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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 […]

August 2013 Sketchbooks

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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 2013 Sketchbooks

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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.

Using Microsoft PowerPoint to present Interface Design and User Experience Scenarios

20130723-210900.jpgLast 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.

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May and June Sketchbooks

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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 […]