Rick Morris – Inspiration

The biggest takeaway I had from watching Rick Morris’ “Creative Inspiration” is that he is an absolute gold mine of fantastic inspirational quotes. The one thing that is obvious is that his passion for life and his passion for design are one in the same and perhaps this is where his success stems from. He said it himself that he doesn’t see there being a separation between the personal and professional life. Here are some of my takeaways:

“If I surround myself with art its because thats what I’m keen on, thats what I’m curious about, thats what I’m forever interested in and its the same way a singer would surround themselves with music I suppose.”

“Its my personal diary of life.” (speaking of his personal drawings that he continues even past is professional work)

“You need some point of origin to anchor onto and from there you just kind of like spread out.”

“When motion blew up on the scene it was so liberating.” (speaking to how it was always implied in print, but hard to actually show)

And my personal favorite:

“Its like a perpetual style treadmill…a dog chasing its tail…I try to stay outside of that. I think my one source that I go back to, the center of it all, is that you need to have a passion and I think you need to have at least one true love, whether its in your relationship or the things you pursue or how you feel about life and you know the people you are involved with.”

The last takeaway I have from Morris piece is not necessarily related to his words, but to the space that he surrounds himself in. The piece is done in his home and it is clear that in every nook and cranny he is surrounded by art, in all forms and fashions. There is such varient in the texture, colors, and mediums seem to provide him constant inspiration. He says himself that “every fundamental of design is somewhere.” I don’t consider myself quite the artists that he is, but I do see value in surrounding yourself with inspiration that you are drawn to and I think it is important moving forward in my professional and personal life. Overall, I think Morris is inspirational himself because of his passion for life, which to him is design.

Cool sports implementation of flash

A friend of mine actually developed this interactive breakdown of the Tim Tebow Denver Bronco offense. He posted it on Facebook and when I clicked I’m not sure exactly what I expected, but what I found was a fairly simple implementation of flash interactivity telling the visual story of sports stats. I had never really considered flash as a tool to do this, but seeing it I really think it is successful in not being to over the top with animation, but still providing the visual story that often is hard to tell with numbers. Its basically a hidden form of an interactive infographic. Definitely a piece I learned from while perusing the interwebs. Also, great job Marty (co-creator)!

Physical Innovation for the Interactive Tool

I came across this pretty cool innovation the other day and wanted to share it. Its a new physical keyboard for tablets. Its called the Touchfire and is currently looking for funding on Kickstarter.


I think what caught my eye about it is that it is solving a real problem that you don’t often think about. Everyone is also looking to be on the cutting or brand new edge, looking for the next big idea and often when I think about this I think of it in terms of the next big thing in interactive design, not necessarily physical design. This product really made me realize that the degree I’m pursuing is solely about online and virtual innovation, but can also be about real physical design that acts as a tool for the virtual and online. Surely something to think about.

Augmented Reality

For Theory and Audience Analysis this week we explored augmented realities, their possible applications, and their likelihood of success. Our assignment was to attempt to create our own based on a tutorial. Here’s a screen shot of the tutorial itself working. 

From here we were given the task of changing the 3D model. After tinkering with adding the Golden Gate Bridge unsuccessfully a classmate and myself found another tutorial online. Through a process of trial and error we realized we could easily change the image placed on a 3D sphere to alter it in the rendering. I choose to make a rotating moon by finding a flat texture map of the moon. Below is the video of the AR working, the challenge that I am still having is uploading the flash file to the internet to allow others to use it.

Interactive Game

For our second project in Producing Interactive Media we had to create an interactive game using what we have learned so far in the semester. I started with the idea of recreating the classic Snake, but met a lot of challenges in the coding for the game. So I decided that  I should instead focus on something I could execute successfully with good, clean design. I settled on the idea of an iSpy game. Currently the game only has two levels, which use the same background image. Ideally with more time and objects I could add a seemingly unlimited amount of levels using multiple images. The other thing I think I should employ was a classmates critique, that there are no instructions so there isn’t a real way to get across to the user that their are “lives” with the guesses. I think by adding that visually it would help with the gameplay. Also adding instructions might help significantly. So for now you can see the final (well not so much) product here.

Interactive Infographic Part Two

As a group project we had to create an interactive infographic in our Visual Aesthetics class. Our group was given the category of economic figures to choose from. We settled on a comparison of the Great Depression to the current Recession in the categories of unemployment  stock market collapses, and housing values. Our design goal was to create a contrast of new to old with the comparison of the data on each page. Check out the final version here.

I think the success of this project was the overall professional look of the work and the visualization of the unemployment rates in particular. I think there are a few design inconsistencies in the piece like color schemes matching and I also think that the housing page could use a bit more development. On the whole I think it shows progress and is successful at visualizing the data.