Thursday, September 30, 2010

Top Producer Website Templates

This is just a sample of the kind of caliber of real estate web designs out there.  Top producer makes a great system to keep track of real estate related information but falls short on their designs.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gillette Young Guns Nascar - Banner Ads

Really cool explosion effect on the logo. Tied it back to the website campaign look.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

iPhone steadicam

Nice tutorial on how to make the gimbal. I think the best I've seen so far on 3 axis gimbal. Not sure which is better the 3 axis pvc gimbal or the gimbal made out of a ball bearing and universal joint or the ball head made by teethoftheearth. All have great qualities to them but there's a trade off with each system. Love the ideas coming from everyone.

Monday, September 27, 2010

DIY Glidecam AKA Wiggle Stick

Not a bad idea but it's essentially a monopod type glide came. The only thing I don't like about these systems is the fact that you can hit something at the bottom when you're running with this type of glidecam. It works if you had other accessories like a monitor at the bottom and a battery pack. But the majority of these DIY units only have weights on it to counter balance. If that's the case then a Merlin type steadicam is much better.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

DIY Flash Soft Box

Flash soft box made out of tent pole. Nice idea where it's easy to collapse and transport. Obvious limitations would be that you can't direct the light how you would like but as he says in the video it doesn't matter too much for him.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Gillette Hydra Scrub - Banner Ads

Banner build that I took over when another freelancer wasn't able to finish the job.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


I love the color grading in her videos.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bottle Ceiling Light

I remembered seeing the most eco friendly method of capturing light.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Award winning steadicam shot

From one end of the arena to the stage.  I was blown away how he did it with a Seagway then hopped off and continued filming.  The focuspuller is also amazing.  WTF is all I can say.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Remote image scrapping

Beautiful php class written to scrape image data. Saves a lot of time trying to figure out how to get it done.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Automated sliding rail

Pretty cool how this guy built a contraption that slides across a rail. One of the coolest things is how he automated the process of drilling holes into metal.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cat Adoption EN - Microsite

This was a demo for a Cat Adoption flash module. The idea was to create a visualization of the cat adoption stories.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Coke Bubble Game FR - Banner Ad

This is the french version of the CokeCola banner ad game.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Citi - Banner Ads

Some really small flash ads during the Mint Canada campaigns.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Cesar EN v2 - Banner Ads

Another adaptation of the Cesar dry food banner ads.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Volvo - Video Ad

This Volvo ad was one of my first banner ads to incorporate video. I had to fit this video into a small banner ad. Couldn't scale it because that would distort the video so I tiled it with a bit of scaling to make it all uniform. It reminds me of that Arnold movie where he has to survive a deadly game show.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rogers Muskoka - Banner Ads

A straight forward banner build for Wunderman Toronto.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Ben & Jerry

Ben & Jerry ads. Fun and playful was the idea.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Floating Billy Bookcase

Karine Schenkeveld and Erik Roscam Abbing from Rotterdam, The Netherlands turns a $59.99 bookcase into a fancy designer object. They tell me, "All we did was cut off the bottom part of the vertical elements underneath the bottom shelf, mount nine steel L brackets per bookcase to the wall (three per fixed Billy shelf) and mount the Billies on to them.

Pretty simple, but everyone thinks we had them handmade for us. Some people are worried that they'll come off the wall. But come on, there are 18 (!) 8cm (approx 3") screws per bookcase, and the load is almost completely vertical: no problem."

Damn someone beat me to it.  Same concept using a couple of L brackets to support the shelf.  Most important thing is to screw them into the studs.  If you don't can't drill it into the studs than use adequate drywall anchors.  Like the heavy duty stuff.  You'll have to cut off the toe kick area to do this.  Which is a good thing since it looked so ugly and the hole wasn't big enough to support my baseboard moulding anyways.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Quaker Oats EN - Banner Ads

Simple and clean banner ad for Quaker Oats. When you're dealing with banner ads with lots of images it's good to try and think of optimization. It's one of the more important steps when designing and developing an effective banner ad campaign.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

CAA - Banner Ads

CAA banner ads have started to show up in my browsing.  It's such a nice feeling to see your work out there for everyone to see.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Braun Clean Energy EN - Banner Ad

I was called in to fix this campaign when another person dropped the ball. This was a very, very tricky project. I had a tight timeline with several deliverables. The ad was built with unoptimized assets, animated with pure code and heavily nested movie clips. Ideally I would rebuild the whole ad but there wasn't enough build time for that. So I kept majority of the animation. What I did to improve the ad was to make the text more consistent throughout each size. Simple and effective way of bringing an ad together. You'd be surprised how some forget such a simple task.

This is not one of my better ads that I've built for Braun. So be sure to check out my other work.