Some street musicians I encountered walking around downtown with the kids. Mesmerizing!
Our friend Rachel sent me a GoPro Hero 3 cam for shooting her wedding. The kids couldn’t wait to try it out! What would be a more perfect torture test than the Oneonta Falls water hike?
SASSy Style Tiles - Understanding Color Models for Theming
Presented at the PDX SASS Meetup Sept. 12, 2013
Color can make our work more effective when we consider human-centric models in our visual systems. Here’s a quick look at a history of color, a prototype template for managing color themes with Sass and Zurb Foundation 4; and a look forward to more sophisticated, robust style tile theming.
This Labor Day weekend, hundreds of teenagers from all over the Pacific Northwest went on a faith journey of epic proportions! Follow along with their journey in the finale show.
Special thanks to my wife Kristi, dear friend Stephanie Sellers, shooters Lincoln Israel and Jen Ries, and Ben the GoPro Adventurer. These made the all-nighter survivable!
This year at FaithQuest 2013, the enterPraise worship team taught the teens a new song - “All I Have Is Christ”.
This video was a fun challenge because it was essentially produced & edited in an hour - the edit completed minutes before the finale! I shot the praise team in one quick take between the group worship sessions, and filled in the transitions with the live performance & b-roll.
A Dark Pattern is a type of user interface that has been carefully crafted to trick users into doing things, such as buying insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills.
What ethical boundaries have you had to wrestle with on your job?
ResumUP: Visualize Your LinkedIn or Facebook Profile
This really caught my eye this evening. It’s a very fresh way of looking at one’s profile, and the career timeline is just gorgeous.
I don’t know how it deduced my rough personality profile (it was mostly right) and I can’t quite figure out what to do with the Skills infographic (there’s no help. Beta!). Am I 30% writing, or 40%? I’ve seen those a lot on resumes of late and they kind of bug me. The last few interviews I’ve been in, people are printing out my resumes and writing stuff down (side note: when I spoke the magic word, “typography”, pens really got going!).
There’s much to love here, though. I do feel lost, and a bit numb, scrolling through my full-to-the-gills LinkedIn profile. ResumUP is a rather pleasant - if only skin-deep - way to get a quick view of someone’s work history and current status.
I really love timeline graphics - I may incorporate this into a resume, or a site somehow. The hardest thing about making them by hand is getting the time relationships to convert to spacial ones (unless you’re a math nerd). I’ve used Bee Docs’ Timeline 3D before for some neat historical visualizations (see my presentation design samples, and motion graphics reel for a glimpse), and I recommend it heartily.
The profile view is really just the beginning for this app - the tool they’re building up to is the Career Plan. This is really cool, but only as good as the data, and the data relationships (step A > B > C). I honestly have a hard time defining what I do, based on BLM data. I don’t fit well in their boxes, like a process engineer or elevator repairman might. So, the value isn’t there quite yet for someone like me (who does web dev, design, UX, and video).
What do you think? Is this a tool you’d use, if you’re either recruiting or searching for a job?
As I investigated this seemingly excellent company, I realized: what IS a Lullabot, anyway? I decided to ask a few top Drupal developers this question at a recent meetup.
Behind the Scenes
My kids and I made this short video together - Lullabot asked applicants to create a short spot introducing themselves. The emphasis was on being creative, and unique attributes. There’s a lot of competition for this spot, so I figured it was worth putting some effort into.
I had asked a friend to interview me with a fancy DSLR. We shot a whole interview, it looked awesome, I looked like a competent person… and it was totally boring.
While I was having coffee with Lullabotter Micah G., we started kicking around ideas, and he encouraged me to have some fun with the kids doing it. Play was one of the major themes I noticed at the WebVisions conference this year, and my kids’ brains are so wacky and unique. So, why not?
Usually I’d storyboard out a video like this, but instead, I just interviewed them with my iPhone (using the awesome Hindenberg audio recorder app). Some friends were over and they had a fun brainstorm.
I dropped the audio into Final Cut Pro X, and started tagging for keywords. Here you can see where this is headed:
The idea was sort of like a talk show, or roundtable. I learned a lot about editing live shows in my last job at Luis Palau. Once I had a decent audio bed, I engaged my set master: 7-year-old Fiona. She chose all the figures for each kid, positioned them, and we got to work.
My oldest, 12-year-old Trinity, is quite the photo bug, so she came in to do all the trigger work with our DSLR. My positioning of the figures was a bit quick and sloppy, but I decided that was okay.
The Intel Bunny-Suit Man has been a beloved doll in my house forever; the kids unanimously decreed he should play me. I picked him up at the 1999 SIGGRAPH convention in New Orleans, which is another epic, dotcom-boom story, let me tell you.
I figured he’d also appeal to nerdier side of the developers in my audience, and I kind of liked that he had no face. Everything would be all body language and voice-over.
Okay, stop-motion animation is more work than I thought. Respect.
I initially figured I’d just make some rough loops with the stills, slap ‘em in, and call it good; however, that looks really lame. There are gaps and pauses and whatnot. So, I just mostly dropped the stills on the timeline (magnetic timeline FTW!), and knuckled down for about 5 hours.
Was it worth it? No idea yet. But I had fun with my kids, and we worked together for a big, hairy, audacious goal.
Another lesson: you are not always the most creative person in the room. Create an environment, framework, or narrative for others to fill with their ideas, and the result can be much better than anything you come up with working alone, in a cave. This isn’t always the case, but I do find it effective and satisfying. And, kids’ minds are awesome! Look at the popularity of Axe Cop - which is freakin’ bizarre - but sometimes just the antidote to boring we grownups need.