Collecting Resources And Inspiration On The Fly

A few weeks ago I started using reddit. I didn’t know anything about it but I did recognize the blue-alien-like reddit trademark from various other sites but never payed any further attention to it. When you start using reddit and browsing around on the website it can feel a bit daunting seem a bit 90ish, but it works really well when you get used to it.

reddit logo

reddit logo

About a month ago I purchased an iPhone and I have come to fancy it very much as a source of finding inspiration and resources on the fly – anywhere. While I RSS subscribe on cool sites – I like to use Twitter, Flipboard, Zite, Pinterest, Fancy and now reddit app when I’m on the phone – and combining it with Pocket. I think Pocket is a brilliant app for collecting your articles and inspiration in one place and is integrated in over 300 applications. You can install the Pocket on your computer and when you are on the go you can easily save interesting stuff to Pocket – as it is compatible with your Flipboard, Zite, reddit etc. Then it will automatically sync with you latest added feeds when you open Pocket on your Mac and you can see that showreel or epic cinematic on a proper screen.

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Back to reddit. What I think works really great for reddit is the amount of activity (mostly clever) and easy browsing – and it works just like RSS for all the web when you subscribe to a reddit. Content is provided by all users and is user rated – and you can collect reddit karma which symbolizes how good the user has done for the reddit community. It has over 200.000 reddits (/topics) in all kind of forms – like /r/Fitness, /r/Survival, /r/Jobs etc.

On top of scouting the web for the newest motion graphics and tutorials I like to look out for random inspiration as well. Reddit’s like /r/GetMotivated, /r/Productivity, /r/Fitness, /r/LifeProTips has become immediate favorites and I have only recently begun using it. I can see a lot of potential – but also a lot of time being wasted on reddit as you can keep on diving further and further in – so use it wisely! ;)

 

New Website Design

So it’s been almost 4 weeks now since my last blog post and the main reason for that is basically that I haven’t really done much visuals in that period. I took a week out on holiday back home with my family in Jutland, and the past 2 weeks we’ve been doing ActionScripting in class – not particular any fancy visuals coming out of that (for the time being at least).
My time for playing around with graphics in my spare time have been somewhat limited due to all the practical preparations regarding my exchange program at RMIT next semester. Application forms, course selections, scholarships, assurances, flat hunting, moving out, financing, packing, selling, flight tickets & my list just keeps on going. But the anticipation of taking off to Australia wouldn’t be near this big if it wasn’t for all the preparations that it do requires, which does emphasize even more the great journey it will be (at least for me) to travel down under for half a year. Can’t wait for 3rd of July :)

I haven’t been completely idle tho’. I’ve been roaming around in After Effects as usual whenever I have a bit of extra time. Also I have begun doing some basic 3D animation and modeling in Maxon Cinema4D and it’s such an awesome software and powerful tool – really excited about learning this program and combining it with After Effects!

To the headline: Yesterday I was fooling around in Photoshop with my “eyes” and think it turned out pretty interesting. For a fairly long time I have wanted to re-design and optimize my website in the direction of being a portfolio site for my work – and being less homepagie. The design is a bit more simple now and more clean to look at in the sense of not distracting the audience from the showcases. Possibly the best thing I did was to actually add my videos from Vimeo instead of YouTube – the Vimeo player is just more sophisticated to look at and less bossy.

Anyways, I hope you like the new look of my website – and please drop in from time to time at danielby.me for more video uploads :)

Stop Motion

Andreas, a classmate of mine, and myself spend a few days making a stop motion sequence with matchsticks and wood. This was my first time off in stop motion and was quite interesting. The effects, look and feeling you can achieve are quite cool and really hard to reproduce in animation software. I’m surely gonna dive in into more stop motion whenever I get the time.. First things first! :)
We painted our piece of wood to use it as greenscreen and added rest of the elements afterwards. The pictures were captured with Canon 1000D and compiled in After Effects. A bit of Vibrance/Saturation adjustments are the only effects added to the original images.

Please enjoy in 720p
Title: Time flies by when you’re having fun 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKu6V0yDUr0

Rules Of A Creator’s Life

Today on Twitter Nick Vegas posted a checklist to his always inspirational GRAYSCALEGORILLA blog. This list (almost like a resolution list) includes key points to keep in mind if you want to be a progressive and successful designer/creator. Many of the points on the list are quite obvious but still has a few golden thumb rules. I thought I’d share it with you.

Daniel.

Showcase #1

The last few months of school have been really productive and I’ve had classes with a bunch of different stuff such as color rules, photography, logo designs, video compositing, flash animation, drawing and other illustrative work. I’ve been working in programs as Adobe Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and still have After Effects in the spring to look forward to!

Here’s a tiny showcase of the work I’ve done in school (and in my spare time)- in random order!

bookcover

profile photography

still life image

icon menu for Iron&Wine website

color schemes

logo design for fictional clothing brand

BEAR FACTOR outdoor wear

element and lightning photography

BEAR GRYLLS

logo design

All the best. Daniel.

Blog Neglected

It’s been a while since my last blog entry. As a matter of fact I just can’t believe that a month have gone past this quickly. If time keeps moving this fast I’m gonna turn thirty in a blink of an eye, and finish my education in what surely must feel as some kind of world record time. But hey – aren’t people saying that if time feels like it’s passing quick, then you’re either super busy and tied down, – or something interesting and awesome is taking place? True or false, I myself like to think of it that way anyways. In fact school have been super busy, intense, stressed, expressive, interesting and just awesome the past four weeks. So I believe this solves the mystery of this ‘teleport’.

So what have I’ve been up to? Actually I think I will start off with something not school related. I wanted to re-design my website hence I think my former design was way too grungy and “in-your-face” – not pleasant to look at so to speak. I wanted a more subtle look and make the design as minimalistic as possible to enhance the actual content and bring it into focus. Here’s the outcome:

School have offered a great chance to work on many different subjects and assignments the past month such as a photography + Photoshop course, and working on idea development and research interviews. Made a still image film, created a menu folder for a sushi restaurant, done some posters, and having typography, chromatography and drawing lessons. Last thing I did was a presentation on the colour “black” presented pecha kucha style. Here’s a video I did on alopecia, which actually was an offspring idea, developed from an assignment concerning ‘wigs’.

So school is far from boring and I take something with me home everyday from that place. It is very time consuming with very little spare time and can be stressful and tiring at times with many assignments and deadlines, but I really enjoy it and try to take in as much as I can possible holster. I see myself as fortunate to be given this opportunity to learn.

Though school is taking most of my time these days I did had time to make this short movie when I caught the flu and had to stay home anyways.

To finish this entry off I’d like to give a shout-out to one of my favourite spiritual mentors Paolo Coelho and his blog. Check it out for daily word of wisdom. I will leave you with todays entry:

Destroy and rebuild
I am invited to go to Guncan-Gima, the site of a Zen Buddhist temple. When I get there, I am surprised to see that the extraordinarily beautiful building, which is situated in the middle of a vast forest, is right next to a huge piece of waste ground.

I ask what the waste ground is for and the man in charge explains (I can’t verify if it is true, but it must be):

‘That is where we will build the next temple.
‘Every twenty years, we destroy the temple you see before you now and rebuild it again on the site next to it.
‘This means that the monks who have trained as carpenters, stonemasons and architects are always using their practical skills and passing them on to their apprentices.
‘ It also shows them that nothing in this life is eternal and that even temples are in need of constant improvement.’

Todays top5 – inspirational videos

While enjoying a week of relaxing vacation from school, I browsed the web for some inspiration today – nothing in particular, just some neat looking video or something that I didn’t expect. Here’s five I found interesting, or entertaining at least.

Traveling in perfect sync. Wow.

Impressive frame by frame sketch animation – and the song is quite good as well!

Dustin Farrel made this amazing timelapse video capturing our beautiful world in motion. Follow @Dustin_Farrell on Twitter for more eye candy. Remember HD & sound!


Video in motion graphics animated to Trentemøller’s wonderful tune of Miss You – a Danish electronic music producer.

A funny video about creativity.. or not?

Daniel