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.

Back to School Edition

Getting ready to start another semester, turning my focus squarely on design I found some great conversations about typography.

I did not get to see the talk Jessica Hische made from this text, but I bet it was awesome. I like the list of foundries and the tips for selecting the best font.

Nico Inosanto created a great display font called Fitigraph. Abundantly ligatured and fun, this font could be used for a wide variety of creamy applications.

This semester I will learn more about Photoshop and create solutions to four design problems.
I am excited and will be sure to post any highlights as they arise.

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.