Game of Phones

Recently I worked on a Presentation Project visualizing a teaser campaign to be rolled out during a live event. The concept was a fantasy character whose greatest weapon isn't a sword- it's a smartphone. I drew the characters & text elements in Illustrator, colorized/inked the textures & background in Photoshop and laid out the storyboard using InDesign.

A comic book illustration style to brings the viewer directly into the adventure while the photo-real texture & color elements ground the reality of the fantasy world concept. The dusk color scheme of pinks, purples, golds and blues also add to the mysterious/intriguing ambiance as the tension builds as well as create a natural timeline progression to the board. Finally the transition from a light to dark color scheme also has the added effect of the making the last text card the boldest contrasting frame which helps the messaging stand out in a striking way. Overall the stylized look and feel of this presentation approach unifies the frames into a complete story. 

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To kick the storyboard up a notch I also animated two of the cell frames. I used the animation tools in Photoshop (very similar to After Effects) to create .mov files. I timed the animations to be able to be exported as seamlessly loop-able formats. This creates playfully elevated elements that can be embed into a presentation in a slick and unobtrusive way. The self-contained joke of the loops also lend the frames to be already pre-made re-blog, tweet, tumbl-able elements, but mainly function as quick way to capture a client/audience's attention and let them truly visualize the capabilities of the campaign's scope, be it as a full advertising spot or social media campaign. 

This was such a fun project to work on both creatively and technically. It gave me a lot of inspiration for the next one! 

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Last week I got my hair cut shorter than it has been for a while. Long bangs in the front with a short pixie in the back / I wish I was Michelle Williams-style. I am super happy with the look, but it appears from the range of positive to what my friends and I have dubbed the "Ugly Baby Responses," not everyone is as thrilled as I am.

The Ugly Baby Response is the gut-reaction semi-polite reply after being assaulted with the hilarious visage of someone's un-photogenic progeny. All babies a miracles, but some are more "Old Dancing Man from the Six Flags Commericals" doppelganger-miracles than most. Instead of squee-ing out a lie about "how cute!" or "adorable!" the child is, you can only muster a qualifier-less statements of fact i.e. "Oh my God! Wow! What a baby!," "Look at those FEET!," or "That. is. a. BABY!" The Ugly Baby Responses end up with the sonic quality and cadence of a compliment, but are in fact merely a damning statements of unadulterated reality. 

Luckily I'm confident with my new 'Do (I've had it this short a few times before) so I take the "you are so brave!" and "I wish I had the face for that!" comments with the eye rolls and chuckles they deserve. I made a little animation below to show off my new style! / Play around with Photoshop CS5's updated animation timeline features (basically a mini-After Effects!)

haircut from somethingelsa on Vimeo.