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Festival/Conference Titles

Most recently I spoke at FITC Toronto 2011. Very fortunate to be included in MK12’s titles.

FITC Toronto 2011 Titles from MK12 on Vimeo.

I have been super lucky to be included in FlashontheBeach’s conference titles (being a speaker and all) in 2009 and 2010. After watching Buck’s F5 titles, I realized I never give more than a passing “good titles” comment. However a ton of work goes into them and I need to give them their due.

First off is Artillery’s titles for FOTB ’09

Flash On The Beach 2009 Titles from Artillerystudio on Vimeo.

Wonderfully done. Quiet, delightful and fun. I loved seeing my name in these.

Next up are Nando Costa’s magnetized FOTB ’10 titles.

Flash On The Beach 2010 Titles from Süperfad on Vimeo.

Just amazing. Thank you to John Davey for having me at his events. It’s been a real honour.

My 2010 In Review

2010 was a strange year for me.

Freelance
Unintentionally I did less client work than I should have. When I started working on a portfolio, I had to wonder how I managed to pay my mortgage with how little work I did. Heck, I even griped about not working in April. You know that feeling that maybe it’s you? Yeah…

Moviesinhaiku – Watches, Prints, You know…
On the other side of things my self-directed personal project, Moviesinhaiku, started taking off. I was given some interesting opportunities involving my love of movies and haiku.

Firstly, Scott Wilk invited me to design a watch! That’s pretty much the coolest thing ever. I cannot wait for it to be finished. And I think we’ll continue the collaboration as I enjoy designing watches. I can’t vouch for Scott, but I am totally into it. And if anyone else wants me to design a timepiece, hellz ya is all I can say to that.


The casing from render to silver casting


The face from render to silver casting

I’ve been working on the second watch for a little while now. Very excited about that.

Secondly, Dana Brunetti from Trigger Street asked me to design a larger version of one of my prints and I opted for doing a brand-new triptych of their latest production, The Social Network. My first commission, as it were. Very exciting! Anyone wants a custom Moviesinhaiku original, let me know, I am down.


The Social Network tripych

Public Speaking
I was also truly lucky to speak 3 times this year at events. The Flashbelt conference, Flashonthebeach and FiTC Edmonton. I wrote about them individually before, so let’s just say I really love public speaking and my intended session for 2011 ought to be awesome. So far my only confirmed speaking engagement is for FiTC Toronto. This should be an amazing conference and I am truly excited about it. Any other conference organizers want me to speak at their events, let me know, I simultaneously love and hate public speaking, but I am getting a knack for it.

The Future
What’s on the horizon for 2011? Man, I know one thing, I am going to be working on a documentary film I am calling Influential – The Age of Digital. I blogged recently on how to create a wordmark and that was meant as a teaser to this project. Stay tuned, I am crazy excited about this project.


My upcoming documentary film project

If you know something about the film industry, man I can use some help. So far, I am stoked to know that the fine folk at Influxis will be involved and potentially FiTC. I don’t want to speak out of turn, so I’ll leave it there. Anyone want to throw money into a totally interesting project for a production credit, you need to let me know. Or however that works. I am hoping to find out soon.

Finally, I quit smoking. Feel really good about that.

Public Speaking

I am booked to speak at two events in the next few months; FlashBelt in Minneapolis and Flash on the Beach in Brighton, UK.

FlashBelt is first. As in five weeks away! I’m super stoked about speaking at FlashBelt as it’s in its seventh year and I really respect what Dave Schroeder has done with FlashBelt.

Next up is the awesome Flash on the Beach! I was invited to speak there for the first time last year and had such a blast! Fortunately John asked me back and I can’t even begin to say how much fun I have in Brighton.

At both events, I’ll be presenting my 2010 session.

The Art of (Mis)Communication

Consider your past projects. Tight timeline? An art director or a technical lead with a huge ego? A project manager that neglects to disclose specific details? While these things directly impact your project you’ll find, more often than not, they can be more easily dealt with when you provide and receive proper, effective communication.

Let’s delve into how we deal with the people we deal with. Let’s look at how we speak to the people we speak to. Ins and outs of conversation. Lengthy meetings that test everyone’s patience. Email forwarding and why a few minutes of editing can save hours of time. Setting alerts. The little things, the big things and everything in the middle. Nothing should be overlooked. Taken in perspective, every project starts with a 50/50 chance of success. It’s how we as a team communicate that pushes that ratio one way or the other.

If you’re in either locale, I invite you to come and enjoy my stress of standing on stage!

My 2010 Session

Now that FlashBelt 2010, happening June 13-16, has opened registration, I feel okay with talking about my intended 2010 session. I also got the thumbs up from John Davey to say I am confirmed for Flash on the Beach 2010, September 26-29, as well! They’ll both be super fun and I highly recommend checking them out!

Here’s the session description:

Consider your past projects. Tight timeline? An art director or a technical lead with a huge ego? A project manager that neglects to disclose specific details? While these things directly impact your project you’ll find, more often than not, they can be more easily dealt with when you provide and receive proper, effective communication.

Let’s delve into how we deal with the people we deal with. Let’s look at how we speak to the people we speak to. Ins and outs of conversation. Lengthy meetings that test everyone’s patience. Email forwarding and why a few minutes of editing can save hours of time. Setting alerts. The little things, the big things and everything in the middle. Nothing should be overlooked. Taken in perspective, every project starts with a 50/50 chance of success. It’s how we as a team communicate that pushes that ratio one way or the other.

I’ve been doing this (making stuff in Flash) for over 10 years, working at large and small agencies, owning my own boutique flash shop, and as a freelancer. It’s been an interesting path to follow.

I was surprised by the reaction to my session at Flash on the Beach last fall. It felt like something out of fiction. However, all I did was point out things that could help a person get to work. Gratifying is not a strong enough word for the encouragement I received by my friends and the people that attended my little session on the last day of the conference with my broken voice and punctuated by timely(?) cursing.

I spent the next few months wondering how I could follow The 10 Best Things to NOT do Amazing Work up. Then a light bulb went off.

As a freelancer, I am graced with the ability to work on many different projects for many different agencies for many different clients. Since leaving my last full-time position, I’ve worked for OLG, Subaru, Nokia, Pedigree and Gillette. That’s exciting for me. After two years of one client, this potpourri of clients is like manna from heaven. It gives me pause to think how lucky I am.

Here’s the crux; I now work in one position for many different team dynamics. I see good and bad, exceptional and accepted. There is something to be said for effective communication that goes beyond simply doing your job and hoping everyone else is doing theirs. Of course, I like to turn that notion on its head and talk about a lack of effectiveness. Que sera sera.

Anyway, here’s my pitch. Come to my talk. Sit back, sit forward, stand up. However you like to watch and participate in sessions. I can promise it won’t be boring.

Dear conference or festival organizers, if you like the sound of this session, you too can have a lifesized Hugh at your event! Just ask and, as long as I agree with the premise of the event, I will totally be on board.

FoTB 30 days away!

Things are really motoring. I’ve moved http://tattoocapture.com over to my friend John Breton’s server. John is a .NET guy and knows his junk, lemmetellya.

I have never done so much using webservices. Registration, login, updating, uploading, friending, messages, world locations, etc, etc. I have exclusively been using Carlo Alducente’s WebService class. It’s been invaluable and I don’t know where I’d be without it.

Soon enough I’ll be making use of Senocular’s Transform Tool.

Interested in being a beta-tester (or as I like to call it, Better Tester)? send me an email. I hope to be ready for full-scale testing in about a week. Many hands make light work, as they say. Many eyes make amazing work, I say.

The end goal for this is to be finished by Flash on the Beach where I am presenting my session The 10 Best Excuses to NOT do Amazing Work. I hope to see you there! I did say I would light a monkey on fire to compete with Quasimondo’s presentation happening at the same time as mine.

I’ve been updates about TattooCapture.com development on Twitter : tattoocapture

News wheniwas19 styles

It’s been over a month since my last post. Things are afoot, as they sometimes are.

  • I’ve left Organic to take the position of Director of Rich Media with henderson bas. Todd Fraser, a Senior Flash Developer at Organic came with me. Very cool.
  • I’ve joined the cool kids and started a Twitter account
  • I’m working on the site I’ve been talking about for the last almost 3 years. I’ve mentioned it a few times. I renamed the site TattooCapture.com because Camgasm might seem funny, it’s just not appropriate. Follow the development over Twitter
  • Not coincidentally, I am working on my presentation for FlashontheBeach in conjunction with building the site. “What? A presentation on how to get your work done, and you’re doing work?”, you ask. “Yeah, it’s silly, but true.”, I answer.
  • I am super happy to have a friends like John Breton. He has been instrumental in being my go to .NET and DB guy. Without him, I’d likely still be sitting around moping about how I can’t make TattooCapture.com Also, I lucked out that Jason Munger will be doing some tattoo designs for me. He’s a super-talented guy and I’m lucky to count him as a friend.

    Many thanks, John and Jason.

    Suffice it to say, there have been a lot of late nights and new challenges. I’m going to be looking for beta-testers sooner than later. If trying out something new appeals to you, let me know.

    Flash on the Beach Brighton '09

    I’ve blogged a couple of times about speaking at Flash on the Beach Brighton in September.

    Finally I took the time to fill out my session description.

    I’ve titled it The Ten Best Excuses to NOT do Amazing Work. Have you ever had an idea but found yourself unable to get started? Or, once you’ve started, unable to work on it? Or, once you’re working unable to finish?

    There are ways to get past these little stumbling blocks before they become huge hurdles. I have run into these roadblocks from hurdles from stumbling blocks. I look at these situations with suspicion and wonder how much is self-manufactured and how much is legitimately stopping me from getting my work done.

    Honestly, this title could end with just “work” as opposed to “amazing work”.

    Tickets are going fast!

    FlashontheBeach

    I am so excited about speaking at Flash on the Beach (or FoTB, depending on your interest in acronyms) Brighton.

    Get your tickets here.

    Suffice it to say, this is a must attend conference.

    Besides that, it appears there’s a contest for a giveaway pass to the conference.

    To quote
    Put an FOTB09 badge on your site, link it to us, then fire us an email at badges@flashonthebeach.com to let us know the URL and we’ll enter you in a draw for a full 3 day pass!

    Now that’s a good deal.

    RIP Flash on the Beach Miami '09

    It’s a sad day to discover that due to the current economic climate, John Davey has canceled the upcoming Flash on the Beach Miami event.

    Everyone I know that was speaking, myself included, are thoroughly bummed out. John and his people have consistently put on a great event. Miami would have been John’s first foray into North America and we all were excited at the prospect.

    Nothing but love, John.