Recently completed work on this t-shirt design for Team242, which hosts it's annual David Browne Ride benefitting the American Heart Association. This year the crew is riding through the "UP", the upper peninsula of Michigan and this shirt heralds the hilly and (hopefully NOT) bear filled terrain they'll encounter on this week long marathon ride! Definitely check out their cause and donate if you can!
This animation was produced to demonstrate how the software application shown can be used to greatly accelerate the patient plan QA process used in radiation oncology.
The video included here is actually a combination of two longer videos which go more in-depth to each software application. This version shows the core workflow used for each application. Also included are specific branding animations created just for this video.
As this video required inventing a lot of custom elements, putting together the concept and building the visuals was a great challenge and very rewarding to see come together.
Hot off the presses is a new animation which demonstrates the unique and efficient way that string cheese is produced by one of my client's incredible pieces of equipment. There were some interesting challenges in producing this video such as conveying how the systems work without revealing proprietary mechanisms as well as ensuring the timing was true to life to not mislead potential customers. One of my favorite parts of my job is learning about how things work and there are few better ways than producing these types of animations!
I had a great opportunity (and a lot of fun) helping Abby Larner out on her efforts to expand Design Like Mad to more cities, by co-authoring a video introducing and promoting a newly launched Kickstarter for DLM. The team at Midwest Story Lab produced the wonderful video and I created the various animated segments throughout. Go check out the Kickstarter, watch the video and if you're feeling generous, back the cause! I've worked with Design Like Mad in the past and it's a very worthy initiative to encourage the design community to work together and help out non-profits with their design challenges.
Here's another animation I recently completed which shows how a group of medical physics products are used as a team to perform a routine quality assurance procedure. The first portion of the video provides an overview of each product while the second part (about 1:18 in) shows them all working together. One of the primary challenges of this animation was coordinating the timing of the displays on the software and hardware and the movement of each to accurately reflect the procedure. The sequence is also accelerated from several minutes down to several seconds to achieve a balance between realism and watch-ability without the "fast forward" effect... something animation is perfect for.
I've been gradually taking on more animation projects, helping customers visually demonstrate their products and processes in new and exciting ways. This example shows how a line of industrial cheese block cutters is operated simply and efficiently. Animation can be hugely beneficial for industrial applications because it's often difficult or impossible to film equipment in active use. Animation can eliminate "visual noise" in the background and foreground, so viewers can focus on the product rather than the context of its operation. In the coming weeks, I'll be posting about additional animation projects and the process Drawski uses to put them together.
I recently completed work on a new illustration for Retour Tennis. Retour has developed and is now selling a new product called the AD-IN Bin which aims to help keep old tennis balls out of landfills through on-court collection. You can learn more about this product and process by checking out the Retour website.
The main image shows the final illustration while the smaller images show some earlier drafts. This was an interesting project because it involved combining 3D rendering with traditional 2D illustration to achieve a stylized look while preserving a more true visual of the product itself.
A big thank you to everyone who helped make Drawski year 2014 a big success! This drawing features me with my two favorite co-workers along for the ride on my (completely fictional!) motorcycle. Looking forward to posting soon about some of my more recent longer term projects, so stay tuned!
A lot of Design Like Mad posts lately! I wanted to post about the work that my team did at the event for Chrysalis, a non-profit organization that helps people with mental illnesses find opportunities for work. I worked with Jill Koskelin of Etikette Design to develop materials for a run/walk fundraising event that Chrysalis puts on called "Moving for Mental Health". Specifically we created some branding, an invitation/registration form, a poster and a t-shirt. Not bad for a 12 hour day! We collaborated on developing the brand and while I finished off the logo graphic, Jill did a masterful job on the logo's typography and graphic design layouts for the print pieces. The main brand image represents different aspects of the community actively coming together to help promote mental wellness. Note that event details on the images shown above are preliminary, so check out the Chrysalis site for final info closer to the event (scheduled for early May 2015). I encourage you to participate in the event or otherwise donate to their cause!
As part of helping with Design Like Mad this year (it's less than two weeks away!), I had the great opportunity to design the event t-shirt. It was a ton of fun putting this together, and the design is finally on its way to the printer ahead of next weekend's event. The shirt features many designer tools with animals using them to race to the finish because, well, animals racing in giant design tools is awesome. Trust me, I did the math.