It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything design-related, but I found gainful employment. It kept me insano-busy…in the best way possible. I’ve been creating web ads, and through working amongst other great designers (and not alone for once), it feels like my skills have only gotten better. They’ve been a huge influence on me and have really kicked me in the butt on improving myself. I’m still trying hard to get better and better, but here are some I’m pretty proud of so far from the past year. **For any ads that aren’t running when you scroll down, please hit refresh to see them display properly.
I’m a huge fan of mixing texture with flat design. I think this is a good example of that practice. I took a bit of a departure from their print ad, and luckily the client liked it.
This was an early ad of mine. I enjoyed experimenting with moving the shadow depending on where the light source would be if seeing them in real life. Always think about your light source, even if it’s imaginary!
I had the good fortune of being put on this special project. Unfortunately, at first it scared me to death. I was still new-ish, and the amount of animation skill required really pushed me out of my comfort zone. The customer wanted the zipper on the mattress liner to zip open, showing the mattress underneath. I couldn’t wrap my brain at first around how to accomplish that. One walk around the building and a small bag of chips later and I had it. I got right to work and had it completed within an hour. It felt really good to accomplish something that felt like a roadblock, and it improved my confidence with animation tenfold.
More mixing texture with flat design. Animating the logo was a lot of fun, while cutting out the bikes was a bit of a challenge. It felt worth it, though.
Julian Casablancas + The Voids
I loved working on this one. I was a fan of Casablancas’ prior band, The Strokes, and I was given total creative freedom. Just had to have the two logos. I used the leather background for some rock edge, and the bright colors felt modern, as did the simple movements. The customer was happy enough with the outcome they asked that the design be used for another band they had scheduled. It felt like a big win!
Another for the same venue as The Voids. I enjoy working on every ad for them. They know what they want, but they’re willing to take risks and see what the artist will come up with. I’ve been lucky enough to work on a number of ads for them. So refreshing. This one needed to look like the tour poster for Leftover Salmon, but it was a lot of fun to take apart and animate.
Real Estate III
*Not Animated* I had fun with this one. I had been holding onto the background for quite a while, and their copy made it seem like the perfect fit.