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It’s been another great quarter at SCAD! I thought this quarter was going to be easy, but I think it was the hardest one yet. Never in my life have I operated so consistently on so little sleep. That’s okay, though. I look to rappers for sentient life advice, and have taken Nas’ philosophy on sleep to heart. Anyways, here are some of the highlights from Spring 2013 quarter!
I nearly died whilst matte painting.
I had fun with illustration for my knolling and Prometheus boards.
My first ever demo reel!!!
And portfolio site!
Snowstorm Nemo found me in New York…
I went, I designed, I triumphed at the Battle of the Boards.
And I almost made a logo thingie.
Spring quarter starts in a mere 10 days -__- Bring it on?
I hope to be tackling a bit of animation over the break. Follow me on Vimeo and Twitter!
Tags: animation, design, illustration, motion graphics, motion media, recap
I’m so excited and honored that my teammates and I won our category in Battle of the Boards!!! Our team won for the best book in Network Branding, and Jason and I tied for best Network Branding boards This was such a fun and rewarding experience and I cannot WAIT until the next MOME workshop!!!
Tags: Battle of the Boards, SCAD motion media
Previously: Battle of the Boards! Part I
Also: The official BOTB web site, which lists the rules and the judges and the informational/inspirational participant-generated stream.
Above is our profile page from my team’s process book. (A process / pitch book is a glorified powerpoint presentation that packages, sells and explains a design pitch). I was so happy with my team! Jason, Krystal and I have all been in Design for Motion together this quarter. And Lexie was one of my team members for the Carlo Vega Workshop in October. So I knew everybody. Not gonna lie, having a graphic design major in our group was a huge asset. I have to thank Jason for helping me learn InDesign a whole lot better from this workshop!
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Tags: Battle of the Boards, design, design boards, Dexter, Greg Herman, Homeland, pitch book, process book, SCAD motion media, Shameless, Showtime, The Tudors
Battle of the Boards Participants!
For the past five years SCAD has organized an event called Inspire for the Motion Media department. For the 2012-2013 year, however, the department has decided to try something a little different.
Rather than holding a singular, 2-day event (as a bookend to the Career Fair), they decided it might be more beneficial to give students the chance to actually put their skills into practice. They decided to invite some professional designers to come and lead 2 or 3-day workshops over the course of the year.
The Carlo Vega workshop I wrote about a few months ago was the first of these workshops, and it was an amazing success. All of us MOME students were begging for them to do it more often, and we were very excited when we heard the next one would be a design workshop with director/designer Greg Herman.
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Tags: Battle of the Boards, design, design boards, design for motion, Greg Herman, motion graphics, SCAD motion media, style frames
I need a logo. Badly. I’m not good at that sort of thing – designing logos. How do you distill the essence of a person or brand down into one minimal design? If you’ve never thought much about it before, logos may seem like the simplest thing in the world. But there is a lot of consideration that goes into designing a good logo. There are a lot of hats a logo must wear.
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Tags: custom type, Harley, logos, script, snakes, typography
Tendril’s opening title sequence for the Style Frames New York conference
After a couple of weeks I’ve had some time to step back from SFNY and actually process everything that went on there. New York City is a complete and total reversal of Savannah, especially in pace. There is no getting stuck behind horse-drawn buggies in the Big Apple. My trip was bookended by a series of all-nighters: two before I left, and two upon my immediate return. Snow storm Nemo hit New England halfway into the conference, so I ended up staying in New York for a couple of extra days. Exhaustion has become less of a problem for me and more just a simple fact of life.
But I really did have fun! I was very proud of SCAD’s presence at the conference. All but one of the 21 volunteers in the conference were SCAD students, and I met a couple of SCAD alumni among the professionals in attendance. Several of the featured style frames that made it onto the slideshow that played in between panels and presentations were SCAD student work. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: conference, design, MOME, motion media, New York City, NYC, scad, SFNY, Style Frames New York
I can’t believe I didn’t make a post about this earlier, but I have a portfolio web site now: www.caressehaaser.com. Ah, the beauty of having an obscure name! Makes it easy to score a domain address.
Last night I spent several hours not doing homework to revamp my site. Now, instead of everything being grouped into categories, all of my work is displayed on the front page. I like this much better because visitors won’t have to click through any links to access my videos and design work. And it’s cool to see all of my projects laid out like this!
I use Carbonmade for my portfolio. It is pretty nice and hassle-free, as far as portfolio sites go. I’d say it’s the Tumblr of portfolio services because its interface is so simple. In fact there is not really anything Carbonmade does that Tumblr can’t – except that with a paid account you can upload up to 50 of your own videos. It’s nice not to have to use my Vimeo account as a horse for my web site. Carbonmade’s biggest downfall is that it’s almost overly simplistic. It could be more customizable. What I do like is how quickly videos process on Carbonmade. If you don’t have a lot of time to design and code in everything on your web site consistently, I would definitely recommend it.
So I now have a reel, a web site, a resume – and by the end of the day I’ll have more business cards then I know what to do with! (250!) Pics of those soon.
Tags: Carbonmade, design, motion media, portfolio, web site
Our last assignment in design for motion was to create a series of design boards off the concept of “knolling.” Our concepts also had to be a self-portrait of sorts, but within those constraints we could devise any narrative or context we pleased.
Interestingly, a lot of my classmates focused on travel as a means of self-portraiture. So did I. But instead of knolling the places I’ve been or the things I’ve collected, I decided to knoll places I’d like to go. Aside from being born in Germany, I’ve never been out of the country. Traveling abroad has been my biggest desire for as long as I can remember.
These boards represent my dreams of places I’d like to go and things I’d like to see. And yes, I do have a knollingly organized list of future destinations and sights . Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: boards, compositing, design for motion, matte painting, motion media, photoshop, scad, styleframes