Silver Leaf logo finally done! Now onto business cards…
Design: Conrad Shen
Silver Leaf: Bryan Howes, Sam Taylor
Design work, awkward tales, and apps of the week.
I love love LOVE this video and its logo. Definitely a must-watch.
Adobe Ideas(Free) is a vector-based sketching app released way back in April 2010 by Adobe.
When I first purchased my iPad, I obviously tried my best to make the most of it. I didn’t just want the typical social media, magazine, and games apps, but also tools that could help me in my design endeavours. I did my research and to my disappointment, the selection of design-centric apps was not nearly as bountiful as I had hoped. Pocket(Free), FontBook($0.99) and Snapseed(Free) are the select few that I found to be of most value. However, I recently discovered Adobe Ideas, and I think this is definitely a step in the right direction for design productivity on the iPad.
Anyone familiar with Adobe Illustrator will have no problem picking up Adobe Ideas. To get the basics down: Adobe has brought over the Layer, Opacity, Eyedropper, Brush, Transform and Paint Bucket tools over flawlessly onto the touch interface. You can merge, transform and duplicate layers, or even import one of your photos as a new layer. You can change size, opacity, and colour for a number of different brush styles. You can even move and rotate layers independently, and undo changes up to 50 times. The most notable feature of all however is simply being able to e-mail yourself a sketch as a PDF file, and then being able to edit it as a vector illustration on your home computer.
Of course, by no means are any of your designs and artwork going to be perfect on Adobe Ideas. However, the features available allows you to sketch out rough ideas on the go, and actually use that same file for refinement when you get home. Other great sketching apps such as Penultimate(Free) and Paper(Free) are available, but in my opinion do not match up to the flexibility and familiarity offered in Adobe Ideas. Although, one feature from Penultimate I do wish existed in Adobe Ideas is the Wrist Protection, which prevents you from drawing with your hand while using a stylus. And yes, this is definitely an app you’ll want to use with a stylus.
Over the past 3 years, the price of Adobe Ideas has fluctuated anywhere between free and $9.99 depending on how features are updated. It is currently free as of May 7 on the App Store, likely to promote the usage of the Creative Cloud, which Adobe has been really pushing recently. Regardless, it’s a great app, and definitely a staple for any designer who owns an iPad.
You all have one last chance to DELVE tomorrow between 10am and 5pm! But here is what my display looks like for those of you who can’t make it out!
THE FOURTH INTERVIEW VIDEO FOR OUR GRADSHOW: DELVE. COME JOIN US: www.ysdngradshow.com
I thought I would take some time out of this stress-filled Saturday (oh it’s Sunday now) to give you all the exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of my most successful projects of this year. If you have not seen this project yet, here it is! I wouldn’t want you to feel lost.
To contextualize: the objective of the project was to simply create a motion piece showcasing one of the four words: earth, water, air or fire, written out with a related substance.
Amy Knaus and I decided to work on this project together, after determining that our united talents were a perfect fit to the subject matter. If you’ve already viewed the video, you will be able to tell that we not only fulfilled the objective of the project, but took it above and beyond.
Here is the ruthless process we had to endure to complete this work.
First we wanted to pursue creating the word ‘fire’, but do it in a way that was not obvious.
So we decided to laser-cut the word out of paper and burn it, which was apparently very original. Sadly our pyromancy skills were a bit rusty, and my balcony very wet, which lead us to a dead end.
Many minutes of hard thinking later, we decided to try out a different word. ‘Earth’ seemed like a good candidate. We also realized we both love egg puns, and so it was decided: we would paint an egg to look like the earth and animate it using stop motion and write out the word ‘earth’ using ketchup accompanied with the sound of gunshots and typewriters.
We wanted to make sure the egg-arth was geographically accurate, so we consulted Google.
This is a photo of the egg being geographically accurate.
We didn’t want to create just any old stop-motion video though, so we decided to take some risks, and combine two different mediums for the egg: watercolour AND acrylic paint. I’m also very ashamed that I don’t own any Heinz in my fridge right now. Many minutes of hard work later, we moved onto shooting:
And that’s how our masterpiece came to life.
The image above looks like a scan gone wrong , right? Nope. It’s an intricately carved furniture piece by Ferruccio Laviani. Yeah, we were blown away too.