Mindzai View

I recently completed a three month internship for screen printing at an awesome local print shop called Mindzai Creative. I cleaned screens, coated screens, took out the trash and helped at the monthly art parties. I also learned about the whole process of screen printing t-shirts and something of the day to day operations at a print shop. It was a great experience and opportunity to meet an awesome community of artists and hustlers putting in the teamwork to make their dreams work. I didn’t know what to expect or where I thought learning about screen printing might take me, but I met some awesome people and learned some new things and also gave me something to do instead of worrying about getting a job.

I had a great time learning how to make something and even had the chance to take an idea for a t-shirt from concept in my mind to physical object in the real world.

Here’s number one from the pun line.

Two Wrongs Make a Riot Tshirt I made.

Fresh Off the Press

Did I mention the art parties?

Art party crowd

Rockin’ art party with live music, live light show, live screen printing

The first Friday of every month the print shop space is converted into a gallery space where the Pabst flows like rum on a pirate ship and the art is mind blowing and local. Every month Zuzu Perkal curates the gallery and brings a diversity of art and people together. Each show has it’s own vibe and eclectic resonance.Every show has music, sometimes live, but the screen printing is always live.

Live screen printing at Mindzai Creative

Cody running the press

Bring a shirt, choose a design, watch as a blank t-shirt gets a face lift. Sean Amor, the in-house designer, creates most of the art for the live screen printing. Whether he created the design himself, or translated another artists work into screens, the finished product is always stellar.

Live painting at Mindzai pARTy

Live painting coming together nicely

Mindzai Art Show

Here is a glimpse at some of the awesome art from the second party I attended.

If you happen to be in Austin on the first Friday of any month, swing by Mindzai Creative between 8-11pm and check out awesome art, free beer and great people. Say hi to Scott Weatherwax, the owner, and if you forget to bring a blank shirt for the free live prints, Vanessa can hook you up with Mindzai Merch!

Merch table at ArTXplosion

Vanessa keeps people shirted and stickered

Because of July 4th, the ArTXeplosion party will be held on July 11th. It will be a digital showcase. I’ve crossed the line from intern to artist and will have art in the show, come check out one of the best pARTies in Austin.

Here’s a sneak peak of one of my pieces

Screen Shot

Work In Progress

I Made It!

I have finally graduated from Austin Community College with an Associates Degree in Visual Communication with a specialization in Graphic Design. Now the real work begins.
Through the course of my education I would occasionally think up projects for myself but the grueling schedule of school, work, and family left no room to pursue any personal projects. I still have work and family and I’m actively looking for a career to apply my newly minted degree to, but now I have time to chase my wild hares.
I am excited about this next year and the start of my creative career.
My portfolio site is now fully live at petesmith.info. Like everything on the web it’s a work in progress so check back occasionally for new content.

Summertime!

As promised, here is the PDF of the book I made for the final project in Design Communication 1 – The Joy of Disc Golf

I cut and pasted images and text from the internet for filler, but I also created some of my own graphics, photos, and copy. I really enjoyed this project and I picked up some new insight into the process of putting a book together. I’ve had a love affair with books since before I can remember, but I never really thought about how hard it is to design a book from cover to cover.

I also finished up with Digital Publishing 2 which is focused on Adobe InDesign. One major project was broken up into sections throughout the semester and we built a publication about tea. The final step of the project turned the print publication into an ePub.

With the skills I learned from these two classes I feel confident I could create a book and get it on the web in a digital form, now if only I had a story…

Me in action

I’m in Design Communication I at Austin Community College this semester and the final project is a book, at least 20 pages.
My professor allowed us to choose our own topic, to insure enthusiasm, so I chose disc golf as my topic.
I have to bind the book myself and I’ve never done it before so the enthusiasm wasn’t really there especially because I like the topic; I don’t want to do the sport I love a disservice. But I’ve got the enthusiasm now. The binding will be the most challenging part but I’ve already learned something awesome.

I decided to used images of myself for the book because I can get good photos and I don’t charge myself to use the images.

During my research I found an action shot of a lady driving from the tee box and it gave me an idea. My plan was to take stills from video to use in the book.

Starting out I wasn’t sure how to do it, I’ve got the Adobe Creative Suite so I thought I could pull stills from video using Premiere. I’m not as familiar with Premiere as I am with other tools in the Adobe tool chest and I don’t have time to learn it right now but I know I could find something online if I had to. Before I even tried Premiere I tried Photoshop. Video and animation have been in Photoshop for a bit, but I’ve not really made use of the Timeline except to make animated gifs.

So, I fired up Photoshop and opened a .mov file to see what happened.
Photoshop accepted the file, and though it was slow and clunky and the audio was terrible, it played my video. Not only that but within 15 seconds I was able to locate the exactly what I needed.

In the drop down menu of the Timeline window, Convert Frames>Flatten Frames Into Clips turns each frame of the video into a layer. Then I picked out layers showing the progression of my right hand fore hand drive. The image of me standing upright is part of the background, but all the other images of me going through the motions are cut out of different layers. I had to play with the arrangement to get the look I wanted but I’m excited with the end result.

20130422-232201.jpgMy masterpiece

I’ve got some great stills already, I’ll post the completed project in three weeks after the semester is over.

Now I want to take nothing but video of everything, why take stills when you can take 24 stills a second? Or more, in HD. I also want to use this technique on some other action sequences. I’m so immersed in disc golf right now all I can think about are action shots from the disc golf course.
Anyone have any suggestions for similar images I could apply my newfound skills to?

Here’s the original footage I pulled the stills from.

March Midterm Madness!

I missed a day and I’m late but in my defense, not only have midterms been kicking my ass, but I have a real, paying client. Yeah, he’s a friend of mine, but I am designing collateral for him and his non profit is using it to promote events.

Today I am posting the results of the midterm project for my Design Communication I class which ties together everything else I’ve been learning since I’ve been in school.

The project is to design a book jacket for a book from a list of books provided. I chose The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I have a copy but I lost the jacket years ago so I thought this would be a great opportunity to make a jacket for my book and get a good grade.

These are the original sketches I made to get the creation process going. I was aiming at a tablet look because the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy at the center of the book is a fictional electronic book from MegaDodo Publications on Ursa Minor Beta.

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After the sketches I did two rounds of digital comps of the front cover and revisions of the digital comps, then two round of comps for the full jacket.

In the end I like the result. I made a unique and eye catching book jacket and I stayed true to the H2G2 fanbase but didn’t get too cliche with the design. My jacket would fit in with other versions made by other designers, and it would stand out.

 

ImageThe only thing I did not like about this project was trying to get it printed. It is too big to print on the laser printer at school and the print shop I took it to had problems printing it at full size. In the end the physical jacket was about 1/4 to small for the book so I know I didn’t get an A, but I did learn valuable lessons about dealing with a print shop and the difficulties of designing a book cover which is perfectly aligned and actually fits the book.

I’ve got a few more things to do before Spring Break and then I can relax.

Stay tuned, next week I’ve got something new in the works. 

 

 

Infographic anyone?

As part of my Typography class this semester I produced this  infographic about comedy. It is really hard to find any stats about comedy or comedians so I found what I could and patched it together. The main focus was on the typography and not the content.

Here’s a link to Laugh Lab, the experiment to determine the world’s funniest joke. (They couldn’t have actually found the funniest joke in the world because they only allowed clean jokes.)

And here’s a funny video about the Laugh Lab experiment.

Please enjoy and remember that 15 times a day is the average number of laughs, but it is recommended to laugh at least 20 times a day for good health.