Having recently been playing around with HTML5 boilerplate, I was excited to discover Roots, a starting WordPress theme which takes advantage of boilerplate and 960.gs / blueprint css.
Roots is definitely set up to be used for WordPress-as-a-CMS (rather than a blog) – it sets up a lot of nice defaults, including a front page and menu structure. Probably not the best coice for a straight up blog, but I was keen to play around with it. I hadn’t used blueprint css before, but found it really quick to work with.
I’ve tried to keep the design minimal at this stage, although will likely continue to add to it over time. I drew a quick set of category icons (below), which I’ll add to as the content fills out.
We’re recently back from hiking in the Grand Canyon, which was an incredible experience. It’s difficult to grasp the scale of this natural wonder standing on it’s rim, so photography is always going to fall short. The intense sun also proved a tricky light to shoot in, especially as we were moving throughout the day, so didn’t have the luxury to wait for softer conditions when we found a particularly good view.
I did these illustrations for a recent pitch to BC Ferries Vacations. A story book illustration style was used to remind BC residents how awe inspiring their local landscape really is. I think these would really stand out in a market cluttered with stock photography of families-by-the-sea.
What Would Leonard Nimoy Say? To compliment the TV spot, we made a Facebook app that let users find out what Leonard Nimoy thought of their status update. It’s like a magic 8-ball with eyebrows.
Creative Director: Jordan Doucette, Writer: Will Seccombe, Art Director: Mike Greer,
Producer: Sam Benson, App Developed by Jam3.
A TV spot I recently art directed at TAXI for TELUS. To tie in with the ‘Light years ahead of cable’ mass campaign we were running, and to demonstrate the futuristic features of Facebook on TV, we employed the impeccable services of Mr Leonard Nimoy, and paired him up with our loveable installer, Danny.
Writer: Will Seccombe, Art director: Mike Greer, Creative Director: Jordan Doucette, Director: Chris Hutsul, Producer: Sam Benson, Editing: JMB Post, Audio: Wave Productions.
Working with the ever talented Andrew Passas to help him explore generative identity options, I wrote a couple of quick sketches that placed simple geometric forms at arbitrary positions on a grid.
Click to generate new layout.
The more interesting challenge (from a coding point of view), came in trying to create all possible iterations. Processing was a perfect tool for this – it’s quick to sketch a program in, and it has a built in PDF library that allowed me to export my final results as a vector. Note that the PDF library seems to be broken in current Processing builds though. I had to go back to a much older version where it still worked.
[file lang=”java” link=”on”]http://blog.greer-inc.com/assets/geometricpde.txt[/file]
We also got into some unwrapping of 3d shapes, which seems to have some complex maths associated with it. To avoid getting bogged down by it all, we opted for a more visual approach and used some unwrapping tools in blender (again, an older version was handy – unwrapping hasn’t yet been implemented in 2.5). This led to some nice looking renders.
Here are my first tests (playing with 2d vectors and the canvas):
Like flash, I’m sure this will be great for games and added extras on sites. It feels like there should be other uses too, which I’m keen to discover. I’m currently looking into writing js apps which write info to the DOM, and draw pretty lines to the canvas. Combining the two has been a little harder than I’d hoped so far though. I’m not sure where best to draw the line between using the canvas and using HTML. Should a data visualisation be entirely within the canvas, for example, or should the labels be traditional elements. Does it matter?
Looking forward to getting into this more. Next is building small interactive pieces which have some physics in them. I’m hoping they might form part of a playful navigation for a portfolio site.
Back from Scotland and Loch Lomond, where I was celebrating Dave and Vicki’s wedding. It was an incredible weekend, and the day itself was very moving. I didn’t spend much time holding my camera, but did take a few shots of the ceilidh and setting. I was surprised how quickly I seem to have adopted a Canadian / North American sensibility – anything old or distinctly national stood out and was at once attractively foreign and comfortably familiar.