My first attempt at animation in After Effects. Trying to get up to speed in AE with all my Flash/Animate knowledge so I can combine mad skillz, yo. Hopefully. Someday. My computer might need more RAM.
Been doing a lot more motion graphic stuff recently... I did a few motion studies for a talk at SXSW this year, exploring how motion in user interfaces can add character to menus and buttons. Character and motion are the next big steps into making technology approachable and liveable - no one has issues building interfaces, but making them enjoyable makes a huge difference.
This particular exercise explored if an interface were a toddler vs an old man. Click a gif to watch the full video.
As I'm currently transitioning over to my new digs at Jibo, I thought it'd be fitting to post a bunch of transition and loading animations I've made over the past 5 years. I've worked on so many of these, from Scholastic to PBS to Sesame Street, and it's been a consistently rewarding challenge. I don't think most people go to school for animation hoping to animate loading screens, but these were some of the most fun things I made.
CloudKid was pretty much a dream job, and I couldn't be more grateful to spend all my years straight out of school working with such a talented group of people. It was a lot of work and a lot of jumping into the deep end and we made so much stuff, but I learned more there than I did in all my years of school. As 2016 rings in the year of Jibo, I just want to say thanks to CloudKid - for hiring me, for trusting me, for pushing me to do new and incredible things. I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for them.
So to any CloudKids who ever read this, thanks. See you on the flipside.
Took a holiday card to pull me out of a creative hiatus. Maybe next year I'll remember to draw more... or at all.
In case you haven't heard, CloudKid is closing its doors and a few of us will be moving over to Jibo starting in the new year. 2016 is gonna be interesting, folks. But you'll never know about it, judging by the frequency of updates to this blog.
Also in the last five months since I updated, we launched the new website for PBS's Nature Cat series. This project was a huge endeavor and hopefully we did the show proud. The voice talent includes a handful of SNL cast members, so if any of them ever play one of the web games, then it was all worth it.
CloudKid's latest project is now out! We just finished up Ernie's Dinosaur Day Care, which I'm super proud of - it's one of the more unique games we've made for Sesame and I had the privilege of directing this project. Also, dinosaurs jumping rope was something I never knew I needed in my life until this game came along.
In other news, here's a doodle of Crash Bandicoot.
Was asked to do a 'throwback' piece about my childhood adventures for a Kickstarter game, The Siblings Trouble. I grew up in Hong Kong and spent a lot of time at Kam Shan Park, where I fondly remember mingling with monkeys. Probably not this peacefully though.