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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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Logo Design Competition Fail by Alex on 99designs


Logo for feedslide, originally uploaded by Freshalex online.

I thought it would be nice to share this logo I made for a logo design contest on 99designs.com. It was for a web company called Feedslide. I did not win, which is why I added the word "Fail"in the title of this blog post.

The winning logo design is shown below and is by a designer called "crack". His design is a similar concept to mine because it mixes together the "F" and "S" in the logo. And I tried to achieve a similar concept but with a bit more complexity. I guess I can admit that as a logo design, Cracks' design is the better one.



In the end what it all comes down to is personal taste and what works for a company. The Contest Holder chose Cracks design over 118 other logo designs because this logo was the best one suited for his company . It is tough competition out there but it is also fun to be involved in these design contests. I will most likely be entering more design competitions in the future. It is fun.



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