It’s pronounced “GIF”: Pieces from the Hard G Project

Last week I wrote about some pieces I created for the Hard G Project. After hanging these pieces around the city, the organizer of the project then gave a talk at XOXO in Portland. Now that the project is officially over, I can share the gifs I created online. So, here they are:

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The first two gifs, “Pac-Man Fever” and “Book on Tape”, were drawn on my iPad using the Procreate App. But that doesn’t have an animation feature, so I had to use photoshop to turn my Procreate images into Gifs. The third piece, “Nerd Resistance”, was created using an image from an old NASA guide to soldering.

 

Gif art IRL and emergent behaviour

I was asked to create some GIFs for a new gorilla art project called The Hard G Project. The organizers gave me a couple of tablets to display the gifs on and I got to decide when, where, and how the art was hung. The idea was that we’d leave the tablets up, with my art animating, and they stay up until they are stolen or the batteries die.

I hung one of my pieces on Clarion Alley and stuck around to watch a few people interact with it. When I came back 4 or 5 hours later, I was surprised at what I found… the iPad had been switched to camera mode and a bunch of people took selfies from this odd little iPad hanging in an Alley.

That feeling when people like taking selfies more than they like your art. Sigh…

Hard G Project

Hard G Project

 

René Magritte’s Yo-Yo

I’m still messing around with my new iPad and the Procreate app for making art. I really had fun making this tribute to René Magritte’s “Son Of Man” with me and my yo-yo.

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I also made a “Move Purposefully and Fix Things” poster with Procreate that I think looks surprisingly realistic.

 

San Francisco Flag Redesign

I’m back from a short trip to Chicago, where I had a blast shooting interviews at WordCamp for Publishers. While I was there, I noticed the city’s official flag could be seen everywhere. Shirts, bumper stickers, hats, coffee cups, tattoos, etc. Chicago’s flag, some blue bars with 4 red stars, is simple and iconic. San Francisco’s flag, on the other hand, is a hot mess of unnecessary text, yellow on white graphics, and too much going on.

Just for shiggles I decided to take a stab at redesigning our city’s flag using trixels (like pixel art, but with triangles).

If I were to critique my own flag, I’d say it too is unnecessarily busy. I’d love to try again. I’d also like to try some new ideas that having nothing to do with the old flag, but I think the phoenix imagery is a great idea for an SF flag.

For more info on flag design, check out this fantastic talk by Roman Mars about the simple rules that make for good flag design.