May 2010

How Twitter Saves Me Time…Really

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Recently I received an email from the marketing folks wondering what it was that made me bookmark sites, and what it was about my home page that made me set it. I had never really thought about how I used bookmarks before, and definitely not why I set my homepage, I just used them.

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The Flash Catalyst Commitment

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Since the Adobe Max Conference in 2008, and the buzz around a product code-named “Thermo,” I have been intrigued with the possibility of creating interactive designs with the click of a mouse. This May, with the launch of Adobe’s Creative Suite CS5, the pipe-dream once known as Thermo, was released to the public as Flash Catalyst.

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Apple and Adobe: a Fanboi’s Dilemma


Apple and Adobe

I’m not usually one to write an opinion post, but as I have been thinking about the whole Apple and Adobe thing I can’t help but to involve myself in some capacity. To start, I am both a FanBoi of Apple and of Adobe, and have been since the days of Photoshop 5, and the iMac G3 that I began my professional journey on. Both companies have not only allowed me to paint my own professional future, but they have made it possible to get here, and a load of fun along the way.

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Professor’s Choice

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Project Summary

This Kinetic Typography video was a pet project that I started as a companion marketing piece for ProfessorsChoice.com, a website where college professors can compile their own custom textbooks. What began as a “wouldn’t it be cool if…” idea in my head, quickly gained steam with the Professor’s Choice team and has evolved into the finished piece.

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Anointed in the Spirit

Anointed in the Spirit Candidates Handbook

Project Summary

Anointed in the Spirit is a 4 book Confirmation program for Middle Schooler’s by Saint Mary’s Press. I began the project as part of a three person team charged with developing the new program. The first book we worked on was the Candidate Handbook, which set the tone for the following three books.

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Old Testament Companion

Old Testament Companion

Project Summary

The Old Testament Companion is an interactive CD that steps a High School kid through select passages in the Bible. Not only can they read the passages, but can do one of three interactive activities to help them put what they have learned into practice. The concept of this project was to bring some of the old world into a new digital media. We also tried to bring in an element of gaming, and the feel of some top MMORPG’s to help the kids  be more attracted to the product. We wanted to make learning fun for the kids, as well as offer some online conveniences such as emailing reflection questions and results of quizzes directly to the teacher and/or parent.

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In Da Hood

Project Summary

In Da Hood Backpacks is a cutting edge company that has combined the ipod, hoodies, and backpacks into one new-to-the-world-product. They were looking for a logo as edgy as the teens who would use their new backpack. The logo design is a balance between urban graffiti, crisp lines, and the appearance of organic movement. It was designed to be able to meet all print branding needs, but also to be re-purposed into new modern digital media such as online video. This was important 1. because most of the target In Da Hood customers can be found online and 2. the unique selling point of their product is enabling the consumption of digital media.

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Catholic Youth Prayer Book

Catholic Youth Prayer Book

Project Summary

The Catholic Youth Prayer Book is a collection of prayers and readings for students to use to deepen their faith. It was designed to be very mature and traditional, warm, and comfortable. The cover of the book was specifically designed in a foil stamped soft leather which ensures both comfort and flexibility, while an o-wrap was designed to protect the book on the shelf and during delivery.

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9th Grade Survival Guide

Ninth Grade Survival Guide

Project Summary

The 9th Grade Survival Guide is book for 8th graders who are getting ready to enter High School. The vision of this book was to give it a real “user’s guide” and “how-to” look and feel. We also wanted it to have a “used” feel to add a dimension of reliability and authenticity to the book.

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Great Catholic Writings

Great Catholic Writings

Project Summary

Great Catholic Writings is compilation of reflections and stories by many famous authors. The book is focused on helping High School students to see the world differently. The goal of this project was to make the book warm and accessible, while maintaining a very traditional “old world” feeling. This feel was to honor the content and portray the maturity in which the writings are spoken.

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