Snap Chat Filters

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Snap Chat Filters

It is official, spring time is here! This is great because the weather should warm up, it also means I have now reached peak season in the chaos that is "life". Launch, wedding and event season is upon us. I've been busy with lots of stuff and one of my newer projects has been creating snap chat geofilters for various wedding celebrations. They tend to differ from my typical design style but they've been fun to make all the same.

If you don't use snapchat that might seem completely ridiculous. However, they have been a big hit! I watched women who had never used snap chat and had no idea how it worked download the app and start, I kid you not, directing snap chat video clips. They are easy to create and a ton of fun to have. 

Below are a couple I created for my best friend's Bridal Shower and Bachelorette. 

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SPACE SELFIE

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SPACE SELFIE

At Duarte we have this club called Film Bites. We watch short films once a month and sometimes we create our own. We had one that was an exercise where several designer collaborated together to create one final piece. The ask was that each of us create a 5 second clip that could be of anything you wanted. The only requirement was that the animation starts and ends in a circle and that you used the given color palette. 

Below is my contribution.

 

I went with a space theme. It seemed to me that there were lots of options for round shapes with this subject. I built my assets in illustrator, my animation in keynote, and added sound effects through iMovie. 

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BIRTHDAY BOOKS

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BIRTHDAY BOOKS

I celebrated my birthday this past week and had a fantastic time. Lots of time spent with good friends, good food, and good wine.

A friend and I tried to visit the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit but unfortunately it was sold out for the day. The visit was not a complete loss, we spent a solid amount of time exploring all the books in the gift shop. I ended up finally deciding on Information Doesn't Want to be Free: Laws for the Internet Age by Cory Doctorow. 

I thought that since I enjoy reading so much and love getting recommendations I would share a few of mine. If you've been following my blog you know that I've set out a resolution for myself this year to read 24 books. I'm happy to let you know that I'm already over half way done reaching this goal! Here are a few creative books I am reading or have completed so far.

 
 
 
 
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Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age
Cory Doctorow

You can check out other books I've read by following me on Goodreads.  What books on creativity do you recommend?

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BACK AND READY

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This past week was incredible. Turns out that Punta Cana actually does look exactly like a desktop wallpaper. Clear blue water, white sandy beaches and palm trees all over. The week consisted largely of running, swimming, dancing, reading and eating. So much eating. No work, no emails, and no posting to social media. It was exactly what I wanted. I'm ready to be back on the grind now. While I may look horrendously exhausted tomorrow I will be happy to be back at it. I am feeling energized, motivated, and inspired!

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VACATION

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VACATION

It has been much too long since my last vacation. Hello sunshine, warm weather, and beautiful beaches. I'm headed to the Dominican Republic for just over a week. Here's to starting everything off with happy and positive vibes.  

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DIGITAL COLLAGE

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DIGITAL COLLAGE

Over the weekend I saw Willam Kentridge's The Refusal of Time on display at the SFMOMA. The work itself is an immersive experience. There's a large room where 5 different screens are projected. Each of them telling the story of a different moment in time. There are chairs that invite the audience to sit down and watch the 30 minute film. In the center of the room is a large kinetic sculpture that moves during the piece. It was something I had never seen before. I found it so fascinating I went back to see it a second time.

Willam Kentridge, The Refusal of Time, 2012 (installation view); jointly owned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (purchase, by exchange, through an anonymous gift and the K. Hart Smith Trust); © 2012 William Kentridge, all rights reserved; photo curtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art sfmoma.org

Willam Kentridge, The Refusal of Time, 2012 (installation view); jointly owned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (purchase, by exchange, through an anonymous gift and the K. Hart Smith Trust); © 2012 William Kentridge, all rights reserved; photo curtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art sfmoma.org

What drew me in were the different mediums and materials coming together. There was audio, film, dance, sculpture, and lighting. At one point there is a woman moving in circles on one screen. On another screen is a silhouette made of torn pieces of paper that animate to resemble that woman doing circles. Something about this particular section had me inspired to make a collage. I love to illustrate and draw simplified representations of things I know. What a great challenge to create things we know into something else. Something uncommon and unknown. 

First I decided to Explore digital collages. There is so much work out there! Here are a few artists I found that I enjoyed. At the very bottom you can find the collage I made myself.

Viet Huynh

Viet Huynh

Marcelo Monreal

Marcelo Monreal

Khan Nova

Khan Nova

Fajar P. Domingo

Fajar P. Domingo

Here is the one I created. 

Ellen Riley

Ellen Riley

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