Stumbled upon the work of director Jarryd James recently and had to share. Great video, great song.
Recently myself and four others participated in the Compute Midwest Hackathon on behalf of VML. After a grueling 24 hours, we were honored that our app won Best Design.
Urban Squire is a choose-your-own-adventure app that encourages users to give up control, break from the usual and discover new places around Kansas City.
This project is only just beginning, and can't wait to see what comes of it.
Something I can't wait to share with Kansas City. Launching October 31st.
I'm currently in the middle of a pretty exciting project for a KC Landmark that combines my love for interactive work, Kansas City, and storytelling. Can't wait to share the final project - coming late October.
Because i don't already have enough going on, a few weeks ago i took my first-stab at writing, directing, filming, and editing a short film. HUSK is the result. A two-minute collision of independent story lines with an unnerving conclusion. At least that was my intent. Check out the trailer below:
Full short coming soon.
The biggest event in soccer, well, biggest world-wide event in sports, was on the horizon when U.S. Soccer came to VML looking for a redesign of their web presence. We jumped on the opportunity, and have since turned USSoccer.com into the premiere source for soccer news leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and beyond.
Full write up coming soon, in the meantime, check out the new USSoccer.com.
On September 21, 2013 almost a year of hard work payed off in a big way when i was able to celebrate the best of design with the always-inspiring design community of Kansas CIty. I had a blast working with Laura Berglund on the A9 Brand and Collateral that all led up to the main event that night.
Part 1 of the identity system can be seen on Behance now, and stay tuned for part 2 which will be posted soon. Cheers, KC!
As a creative there is nothing better than having free-reign on a project for a cause or group of people you're passionate about. This time it was entrepreneurs. Once a year a group of KC leaders put together a week of fun, network-y, collaborative, and celebratory events in honor of entrepreneurs. Have you ever tried to describe an entrepreneur? It's not easy and that's exactly the idea behind the design.
See more of this project on Behance
Please stop. There is no excuse for bad typography on the web. Typography is arguably the most important principle of web design. Hierarchy, leading, kerning and composition are crucial in making a digestible web page.
The days of “websafe” fonts are over.
There are many resources that bring your favorite typefaces to the web. Most are not free, but they are worth it. Generally speaking, the cost to use a font on the web, whether you are buying an individual license or joining a subscription service, depends on how many views your website gets. Below are a few of my go-to resources:
Google Fonts, a completely free resource, has a decent library and is a good place to start. It won’t have your favorite typeface but it will likely have a “value” version that looks similar.
I’ve noticed that, depending on the font, the letter forms do not render well, or the same, across all browsers or platforms. On the other hand, they do load pretty fast.
Typekit pioneered web typography, and they are continually growing and improving their library. After Adobe’s Acquisition many of Adobe’s fonts became available making it a resource few can rival. They’re affordable too. With subscription levels starting at $25/month for personal use and maxing out at $100/month for professionals there’s an option for everyone. Cross browser compatibility isn’t bad either — you can preview how each font will look through their on site editor.
If you’re working on Mac, don’t be alarmed when a Typekit typeface renders pretty differently on a PC. It can be rough. However, I have no doubt they are diligently working to make things more consistent.
Hoefler & Frere-Jones, the worlds leading type foundry, just launched the long-awaited cloud.typography. This service is subscription based (starting at $100/month) and includes the entire H&FJ collection. Professionals — this is definitely your best option for high quality, consistent rendering and compatibility as each letterform is built from the pixel up.
I have yet to take advantage of this option so I don’t have any comments from personal experience, but I can’t wait to give it a try.
I’ve done this for several projects and haven’t had any problems with cross-platform compatibility or quality.
When designing for the web, think like a print designer. Scratch that. Think like a designer. The design principles of print design are exactly the same for web design and for interior design, for product design, etc. Every time a ‘print’ designer says they can’t design for the web I think an aspiring designer’s passion dies. It’s just crazy-talk. In fact — more of you ‘print’ designers need to be designing websites. The internet will only be better looking because of it.
Don’t get too comfortable
Just when you think you’ve figured all this out, it will change. And that’s the exciting part — web design is always evolving and will never get stale. If I had to guess, in the coming year web design is going to become more and more app-like. Agencies like Rally Interactive are setting the stage, and I wont mind one bit if more websites pop-up with the finess of snowbird.com or as immersive as Into the Arctic by Hello Monday.
This doesn’t mean there isn’t a time and place for basic, time-proven fonts like Arial or Georgia in web design. They are extremely legible and everybody has them. They just aren’t your only option, and if you decide to use them, use them well.
When it comes to making one of the many big decisions in life, have you ever:
Me too. Back in May I had a huge life decision in front of me. It involved a major job change and packing up and moving to a new city hundreds of miles away from everyone I knew and loved. I went back & forth more times than i’d like to admit, and by the end of it all, I felt like a crazy person. Before long I had no idea what I actually wanted and being objective was no longer possible. I had to trust my gut.
It’s been about 2 months, and I can confidently say I made the right decision for me right now. I decided to stay in the city i’ve come to love, Kansas City, and at an agency doing some pretty cool things.
It didn’t feel right initially, and for a period of time I thought I made the biggest mistake of my life. It took about a month for the the cloud in my brain to clear, but when it did, I was reminded at every turn why I had such a hard time leaving in the first place.
These big decisions — and the process you go through in making them — are what life’s all about.
I look back at that 2 week period of emotional schizophrenia positively. I learned a lot about myself, and I know I will be better prepared the next time a similar decision is in front of me.
If you happen to be lost in the middle of one these decisions — you’ll make it through. And you’ll be a stronger person because of it.
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This is a fantastic video expressing the importance for students to learn code early on. The message here, though, applies to everyone. The basic understanding of code I have as a designer has been a huge in the collaboration of every web project i'm apart of.