Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thumbnail design in Illustrator

Thumbnail design for Dan Brown's Youtube Channel, "Pogobat". You can download these images on my Flickr.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Congrats to Emmy Cicierega for Winning the Threadless Bestee Award



Emmy, a twenty year old designer from Kingston, Massachusetts, has won $20,000 and a free trip to the annual Threadless meetup for her award-winning "It's Toile About You" design. The Bestee award is held ever month by Threadless.com and each year a winn t-shirt design is pick as voted by the community.
Emmy says that when she received her medal in the mail and put it around her neck, it made her "feel like a real champ!"

Congratulations to Emmy Cicierega
Her website: www.emmyc.com
Her winning T-shirt design: Toile About You
Her DiviantArt profile: B1nd1

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The History of Auto Tune


My favourite use of auto tune is in parody videos where they cleverly auto tune the voices of everyday video and turn it into a song. This video gives insight into the history of auto tune in an interesting doco style video featuring Weird Al' Yankovic.
And just so you know, I downloaded the "I am T-pain" Iphone app after I saw this video. I love that app.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Keepon the Dancing Robot



This little dancing robot is as cute as cute can be. I had to post this video of it dancing to music. It was developed by scientist (Hideki Kozima and programmed by Marek Michalowski) as a learning aid for children. The design of Keepon is very simple, just two eyes and a button nose It will certainly be a big hit when it goes onto sale in 2010.

For more info visit http://beatbots.net

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Video Group Called Mind Benders in Vimeo

Mind Benders vimeo group with videos that are different and creative

I created a video group for Vimeo users called Mind Benders Mind Bender. Mind Benders is about creative videos that make you ask "how the hell did they do that?". This group is about the weird, experimental, amazing, extraordinary videos that may or may not have a point other than simply being beautiful in nature. In other words, videos that bend your mind!

Please join this group if you like these videos. I will ad more wonderful videos that will give you a visual treat. You are more than welcome to add your own videos Mind Bender. Anything that is fantastic to watch, creative, ground-braking special affects, spot motion/time-lapse videos, experimental, conceptual, artistic videos, are all welcome to be added here.

To visit and join in this video group goto vimeo.com/groups/mindbender

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Turn Yourself Into a Cartoon







I opened up a new Blip.TV channel called freshalex.blip.tv. This channel will be dedicated to showing time-lapse recordings of my own work in graphic design, tutorials, speed paintings and the channel will progress to also featuring other artists, events and news too. It is very new at the moment. So this first video I uploaded will set the tone for most of the videos during the first few weeks since it is easier to get the content up and online for you.

About this video: Vectorizing yourself into a cartoon can be done using Illustrator, but once you know the basics you can do it using any program that has a "pen tool".


I put this video together to show you how I turned myself into a cartoon. I did this because I noticed that some services/websites out there, like Cartoonme.com offer to turn your pictures into a cartoon for a fee / price. So to show you just how easy (or difficult) it can be I recorded myself turning myself (and partner) into a cartoon. This process took around 15 minutes and shows my creative process from start to finish.


Enjoy

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Freshalex 80's style text wallpaper

I am a fan of all things retro. I especially like sci fi, space imagery. So an 80's style, retro space graphic is something I gravitate to. So I tried making my brand name "freshalex" in this style and this is what I came up with. I was just playing with the text to make it it look 80 style retro. I started to follow a tutorial from Abduzeedo and I ended up changing it a little.

The tutorial from Abduzeedo shows how to create this text effect using a program called Pixelmator, but you can still follow it if you have photoshop or other software. Here is the original tutorial link for 80's Style Text Effect in Pixelmator



Enjoy. You can download my wallpaper here in 1920 x 1080px.

By the way, this typography style was inspired by this website empireisok.com, which I am sure was inspired by some one else and then someone else.



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