Blog

Soft Rebooting the Site

Site

I've decided to rework the site as I feel it had gotten too unweildly. I will be reworking my portfolio and projects as well as refocusing on this blog. I'll be moving a good chunk of the content to an archive or to one of my other sites. I'm still working through how I want to reorganize things, but my main focus will be on keeping this site simple and clean. Stay tuned as I move things around and shift over to a new framework, cms, and presentation layer. Read more


Archiving Old Site

Site

I'm archiving and moving the exisitng site to an archive subdomain as a way to clear out the the v8 version of DpW and make way for the new site that will be based on a new framework, cms, and display layer. Things will be in flux while I work through what content to port back over to the new site. Part of this will start to usher in a small brand refresh as I whittle down my portfolio and presence to the more essential bits. I hope to move some of the related content to one of my other domains, but I'm still working through those decisions. Some links/assets in the archive are currently broken. I'll try to clean the archive paths to fix that as time allows. Stay tuned. Read more


New Surface Book with Performance Base Workstation

TabletPC

After debating about it for a while, I've decided to change to a new portable setup for my projects and work. While my Wacom Companion was a great device, it had a few downsides that made me look at the refreshed Surface line from Microsoft. I was hesitant about the upcoming Wacome Mobile Studio devices given Wacom's shakey record on quality control. After spending a couple evenings at the Microsoft store, I decided that the Surface Book refresh was a really interesting concept and decided to preorder the new Performance Base model. Read more


Launching new DAT brand

Work

My colleague, Alex Epp and I, in conjunction with the rest of the marketing department at DAT, were proud to launch the new brand that coincided with moving to a new corporate headquarters. The work included a new corporate logomark, a new visual identity, new signage, and new treatments for both screen and video. This was our first phase of the new brand and we'll be expanding it in the upcoming year. Read more


Joining DAT

Work

I'm joining the DAT team as a Senior Designer and will be focusing on website improvements, extending the brand, rebuilding the company's video standards, and revamping the use of video in tradeshows. Looking forward to it! Read more


Tinkering in the Lab

Lab

I've continued to tinker with my app development projects, getting myself familiarized with more aspects of the process. I'm working on a small game as a way to get myself up to speed on the app publishing process. I'm still working through the aspects of the game logic and haven't locked down final graphics, but I'm hoping to have something ready to submit in a month or so. It's been a good learning process to work through all the steps. Read more


Moving on from Prolifiq

Work

Because of the changing situation at Prolifiq, I'm moving on to new opportunities. I appreciate the time I got to work with them and I'll be wishing them the best. Read more

Prolifiq HQ

Digital figure drawings on display at Catalyst in PDX

Art

I’m displaying more of my digital figure drawings at Catalyst, located in inner-northeast Portland. I’ve added two new images and refined some of my prior drawings. I’m using a RaspberryPi to drive a flat panel display and showcase the work. I’m still working out where I’m heading with all this, so for now it’s a work-in-progress, as I get used to finishing more life drawings and format them for presentation. I’ve been drawing the figure from life more the last few years which has been helping my drawing skills overall as I slowly nudge myself back into more illustrative work. Read more


Scrounging together a makeshift Courier device

TabletPC

I got a really good deal on a nice little ASUS VivoTab Note M80TA-C1-BK 8” Tablet. I like it because it is a nice size, has Wacom support, and runs Win8.1 really well on the quad-core Baytrail SoC. It is my portable note taking, sketching, and light reading/browsing device. For now, it is holding me over, till Microsoft releases a proper Surface Mini, or if pigs fly, maybe a Courier device. Seriously, the Courier was my ideal form factor for a digital notebook. I added a Wacom Bamboo pen and a small, vegan leather portfolio case, so I can carry around notes, and my pen, similar to the way I would carry around my Moleskine notebook. It’s amazing how well windows 8.1 runs, and how fun it is to use. I wish the build quality was as good as my iPad, but it’s a great little device. Read more

My makeshift Courier device based on a small wacom-enabled TabletPC

Adobe Creative Cloud Event @ Portland, Oregon

Conferences

I made a point to attend the Adobe Creative Cloud event in Portland at the wonderfully hip EcoTrust auditorium in the Pearl District near downtown. I try to make events sponsored by the various Portland Adobe User Groups when I can. This time, I was curious to see more of the new work-flows and approaches that Adobe is promoting in the Creative Cloud 2014 release. In particular, I wanted to see if they were addressing some of of the gaps that have appeared with the demise of staple tools Like Fireworks CS6. While there wasn’t a lot of specifics regarding the tools gap, they did demonstrate a number of things that differed from the Adobe keynote last month. Read more