A concept I'm working on that explores the way picture messages are treated in native mobile messaging apps. Currently in most mobile operating systems, pictures messages are stored in threads with text messages. Finding a picture requires arduous scrolling - often hidden and sandwiched between texts. It's hard to find picture messages, unless they're saved and stored in an album.
This concept could be included in any operating system, but I've shown an example within Windows Phone. Namely because I'm a win pho fan and wanted to explore the design language and motion principles for the operating system. I imagine iOS would have a button in the top right hand corner to switch views between texts and pictures. Android could have the native tab treatment to switch between views. As shown in the video, windows uses the pivot control.
It's not a revolutionary idea, just one that makes sense. I'd love to see this explored more and included in future releases.
Surely it must be time for another festival video, sí? ¡SÍ! Dorado llanos!
Here's a little clip from Golden Plains, the hottest weekend I've ever camped through. High 30's and cloud coverage and we were lucky if we felt even a skerrick of a northerly wind. It was magical.
It's a new year and I've got a shiny new kit! Which for the next few months is going to mean video, while I dust off premiere and get back into after effects. I've missed it so much. EJ and I ducked away last weekend to catch the sun in Anglesea. Here's a little clip from the beach.
Audio: Blear Moon - Boats for Sale
I wanted my last project at the Herald Sun to have a bit of me in it. A bit of a legacy. This image series ended up combining three of my loves. The city, black and white historical shots and Photoshop.
I spent a few days digging through the photo archives for iconic shots of Melbourne that I could recreate. Initially I wanted to create a before and after but back in the office I soon realised it was near impossible to line up the shots to the pixel. I ended up creating a retrospective montage, combining the new with the old. In the end I think they turned out stronger static.
There's about 12 in the full series and I'll be sure to update this page with a link when it goes live.
Credit: HWT Image Library.
The technical name for this is a "cinemagraph". It sits somewhere between a photograph and video. Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck (From Me To You) who coined the name, were the first artists I knew to use the technique. I admire their sharp ability to find a natural looping point. Slick work. This is my precious girlfriend Eliza Jayne. Isn't she beautiful? She's fiery and funny and smart as a whip.
She makes me happier than sun in the morning.
This was an icy day in Queenscliff, Victoria. This cinemagraph captures the moment perfectly. Better than video. Better than a photograph.
Growing up gay is hard. But it won't always be. We know, because we've all been through it, and now we're the better for it. You will be too. We are a group of friends who wanted to make a video for anyone who is going through bad times, to let you know that life might be rough now, but it gets better. It really does.
This post has been some time in the making. Mid last year Pete sent an email round with the idea to make a video for the It Gets Better Project created by Dan Savage and Terry Miller. The digital campaign was created to prevent bullying and suicide among the gay youth by making a video that tells them "It gets better."
One weekend the seven of us got together to sink a few beers and tell our stories. Which could be any other weekend, but this was different. It was hard. It was sad. We laughed a fair bit. I cried a lot. We had about six tapes of footage. We learnt more about each other and probably more about ourselves. It was cathartic, exhausting but rewarding and worth every minute. I love my friends. I'm so lucky to have them.
If you need to talk, contact Lifeline Australia now on 13 11 14.
To find out more about the 'It Gets Better Project' visit http://www.igba.org.au
View the clip onYoutube
Hot days, cold beers, blue water and my besties. Ah... Nice little memento of this year's roadtrip along the east-coast from Sydney to Brisbane and almost every coastal town in between.
Born in the sun.
Audio - Mornin' by Star Slinger http://starslingeruk.bandcamp.com/track/mornin
Latest shoot for Gem. Damn, this girl can make-up! You should book her! Just as soon as I've made her a website...
Make-up: Gem. Styling: Buzzy.