Behind The Process: How’d They Do It?

Behind The Process is a great resource that I stumbled upon recently. The blog gives us insight into the creative process behind some of the best work in design, photography, and technology. They are a relatively new website, so they don’t have a large archive yet, but the content that they have released so far is definitely worth checking out. Add them to your RSS reader to stay in touch with some of the best from behind the scenes!

Interactive Inspiration

When I’m looking for interactive design inspiration, I frequently find myself visiting one particular site. The Creative Applications Network is a blog with daily posts showcasing innovative and often experimental applications developed for the web, desktop, and mobile spaces. Some of the projects integrate physical objects or immerse installations. Many of the applications are developed in Processing, OpenFrameworks, Arduino, or other open source or commercial packages that make it relatively easy for designers to get started with creative coding. A lot of the content is of a more exploratory and experimental nature.

The site also features reviews of books and info about events relating to the field. Two books that I first encountered on the site and have found to be of value are Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture and Matt Pearson’s Generative Art. The former is a visual survey of the history and techniques using code for creative exploration and visual expression. The latter is a practical guide to creating captivating visuals algorithmically.

I find this kind of work incredibly exciting and it’s really inspiring to see some of the impressive work that’s being produced in this space.

What’s it Like Working in Dubai?

Camping in the Desert
Camping in the Desert

 

Some of you know this already, but 12 months at VFS in the Digital Design program is intense. In fact, it’s much like working abroad for the first time. Some days you wonder why you did it in the first place. Was this a mistake? Am I really cut out for this? I don’t know what I’m doing. Everybody is so different. There is always too much to do and not enough time to do it. Every day new challenges coming at you faster than it seems you can process.

After graduating from the Digital Design program at VFS in April 2010 I decided to start a new adventure and work overseas. I am a Digital Designer currently working at Leo Burnett Mena in Dubai. This is a far cry from the small town where I grew up in northern Manitoba.

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Nonprofits and Social Media

In term 3, our students work with nonprofit organizations to create awareness building campaigns. The effective use of social media is always an integral part of their strategies. So, when I recently came across an article by  Craig Newmark, the Founder of Craigslist and CraigConnects.org, in the Huffington Post about How the Top 50 Nonprofits Do Social Media, I took notice.

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Greyscale Gorilla Welcomes Chris Schmidt

This week, Nick Campbell announced that Chris Schmidt is now an official contributor to Greyscalegorilla. This means we now have a centralized site through which to view Chris’ great Cinema 4D tutorials! In his announcement vid, Nick said that Chris will also help develop new kits, products, and plugins for GSG, giving designers and 3D artists even better tools to make great stuff in Cinema. Can’t wait!