LED motion graphics for Codame fashion + tech event in San Francisco

I designed the LED motion graphics for this outfit which was presented at the Codame wearable tech fashion event in San Francisco on June 26th, 2013. The outfit was designed by Becca McCharen of New York City-based fashion house Chromat and the LED display technology was developed by Anders Nelson of San Francisco-based technology company Erogear.

Watch video below showing my designs in action on the LED display.

fashion design: Chromat (Becca McCharen) | chromatgarments.com
LED display technology: Erogear (Anders Nelson) | erogear.com
LED motion graphics: Dustin Maberry | dustinmaberry.com
model: Julie Bedecarre | raeagency.com
hair and makeup: Teresa Reynolds | teresa-reynolds.com

photo by Alton Sun 

photo by Alex Stover 

photo by Erogear (Anders Nelson) 


video documentation by Erogear (Anders Nelson)

A Summary of Google's Visual Assets Guidelines

Figure 1

Senior Designer Roger Oddone has shared a summary of Google's Visual Assets Guidelines via Behance, separated into two projects. It's a fascinating look into the inner-workings of graphic design thinking at Google.

Part 1 [figure 1] outlines their product icon guidelines. Google describes the icons as: "simple, modern, friendly, and sometimes quirky ... highly simplified, exaggerated, and caricatured … Some of our product icons are literal, but they can also be metaphorical, symbolically representing the features of a product."

Part 2 [figure 2] shows how iconography is used in User Interface design, including proportion, sizing and padding, as well as modernist illustrations that are used in its product videos.

Introductory text from Roger Oddone's Behance project page:

"Google’s brand is shaped in many ways; one of which is through maintaining the visual coherence of our visual assets ... In January 2012, expanding on the new iconography style started by Creative Lab, we began creating this solid, yet flexible, set of guidelines that have been helping Google’s designers and vendors to produce high quality work that helps strengthen Google’s identity."

Figure 2

These detailed guidelines set forth a brand re-fresh and new cohesive rule-set for Google's graphic design style. The result is a simplified and modern design approach for all of their products. Gone are the glossy, over-designed icons of the past.

View Google's Visual Assets Guidelines in full via Behance: Part 1 and Part 2.


Google design style:

Executive Creative Director: Chris Wiggins
Senior Graphic Designers: Jesse Kaczmarek, Nicholas Jitkoff, Jonathan Lee

Guideline design:

Art Director / Team Manager: Christopher Bettig
Senior Graphic Designer / Project lead: Roger Oddone
Designers: Alex Griendling, Christopher Bettig, Jefferson Cheng, Roger Oddone, Yan Yan, Zachary Gibson
Contributors: Web Studio, Brand Team, Creative Lab


Source: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Google-Visu...

How to Create a Strong Password

It is extremely important to create a strong password that is unique to each of your online accounts. If you use the same password for more than one account, and one of them gets hacked, then you risk the others being compromised as well.

To defend against fraud, make each of your passwords for your online accounts as different and as complex as possible. Hackers often use password guessing applications, viruses that record keystrokes as you type and websites that are disguised as sites you know and trust.

Your first line of defense against hackers is to be vigilant and create a strong password that will be extremely difficult to crack.

There are many different options for creating your password(s). I've outlined two ways below. You can create strong passwords yourself, or use an application or password generator to create them for you.

1. Create strong passwords yourself:

To create a strong password you should:

• Use at least 8 characters, preferably 8–20. The longer the password, the stronger it is.
• Include special characters such as ! @ # $ % ^ &
• Use a mix of capital and lowercase letters.
• NOT include sequences or repeated characters, such as: 12345678, 222222, abcdefg, or other sets derived from your keyboard layout.
• NOT include any personal information such as your name, birthday, hometown, etc. Avoid information that someone might know or could easily find simply by looking you up online.
• Use a unique password for each online account you have.

Methods for creating a strong password that you can remember:

• Substitute numbers and special characters for certain letters. For example, turn "MyStrongPassword" into "My$tr0ngP@$$w0rd"
• Use an acronym from a phrase as a base (i.e. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" would create "duoaywhtduo"), then add numbers, special characters and a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters.
• Although you shouldn't use a linear sequence from your keyboard layout (i.e. 123456), if you are having trouble thinking of passwords to remember, you can pick a letter, then type in a counter-clockwise circle around the letter (i.e. using the letter g would result in "ytrfvbnh"). Add some numbers and special characters to make it even stronger.

Other security tips:

• Make your account's security/password recovery questions unguessable.
• Use two-step verification where available. For example, accounts on sites such as Google and Facebook offer a code sent via text to your phone that you use in place of your password when logging in on a new computer or mobile device. This is extremely important for your email and Facebook accounts because they are hubs full of information about you, and certainly benefit from added security.
• When you are using a public computer, log out of all accounts and clear the cache and history once you are done.
• For added security, turn on the password feature for your mobile device. Mobile devices like iPhones and iPads save passwords for apps in your device's settings so that when you open an app, it's ready to use. Although this is convenient, it's also a security risk that leaves your phone vulnerable if it is stolen.

Password Testing

If you are unsure if your password is strong enough, you can test it at Password Meter or How Secure Is My Password?

How often should you change your passwords?

There are conflicting reports on how often you should change your passwords, and it's debatable that changing your passwords frequently does anything to truly increase security. For more information, check out this in-depth article from NBC News Technology on when to change your passwords, and what kinds of sites and situations where it is actually beneficial to do so.

2. Use an application to generate your passwords:

1Password Application by AgileBits Software

If you want an even simpler solution to creating and managing your passwords, There's an application called 1Password that can create strong, unique passwords for you, remember them, and restore them, all directly in your web browser. It can also store your bank account info, passports, driver's license numbers, and more. All of the data in the app is encrypted, so it is safe even if your device is stolen. It's available for Windows, Mac, iPhone & iPad and Android. A single user license for your Mac or Windows Computer is $49.99. The 1Password app for iPhone and iPad is $17.99.

PC Tools Secure Password Generator

If you don't trust yourself to make a strong password, there are sites like the PC Tools Secure Password Generator that will make one for you.

For more ways to protect your privacy and increase your security on the web, check out this great article from Forbes staff writer Kashmir Hill: 10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy.

Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,23684...

Craft System™ by UM Project

I have been absolutely mesmerized by these modular, retro-futuristic forms that made their debut at the Wanted Design show during 2012 New York Design Week / ICFF. They are part of a modular lamp collection called Craft System™, designed by Brooklyn-based François Chambard (the founder of UM Project).

Craft System "takes a system approach to craft, blurring the line between the mass-produced and the handmade." A single Corian base provides the foundation for an LED Grid or small incandescent light bulbs—a large dial on the face of the base allows users to adjust the light setting. Modular tops and bottoms combine to create an infinite number of playful lighting options. While most of the designs are functioning lamps, there is also a working theremin and a design that houses a small, live tree.

The scale of these forms was surprising to me. When looking at photos from the UM Project website, there is no point of reference for their size, but when I stumbled upon photos from the Inhabitat blog (which you can see in the gallery below), I discovered just how large they really are.

Source: http://www.umproject.com

Craig Ward: 7 Of The Biggest Lies In Graphic Design

In Craig Ward’s book "Popular Lies About Graphic Design," some of the most well-known designers discuss the biggest lies they've been told about Graphic Design. I've included 7 of those lies below (curated at Fast Co.Design by Belinda Banks), you can read the full article to find out the truth.

1. Longer deadlines will lead to better work.
Craig Ward

2. There’s no budget, but it’s a great opportunity.
Craig Ward

3. You can’t judge a book by its cover.
David Carson

4. The computer is just a tool.
Stefan Sagmeister

5. Stay Small.
Willy Wong

6. “We don’t have any money.”
Craig Redman

7. People will want to buy your pin, badges, and T-shirt.
Craig Ward

Source: http://www.fastcodesign.com/mba/1672032/7-...

Wealth Inequality in America

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is. Video by Politizane.

Source: http://youtu.be/QPKKQnijnsM

Forbes: 5 Common Website Mistakes That Are Driving Your Customers Away

Nathalie Lussier (Forbes - article courtesy of YEC) has put together a list of 5 common website mistakes that startup companies make when creating their websites. I've written a short summary below, but you can read the article to get more information and find out what to do about each common mistake.

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Forbes: 10 Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy

I recently discovered this article from Forbes.com that everyone should read. Considering the amount of technology we use every day—for our jobs, to improve our lives, to learn, to entertain us, or simply just waste our time—we should be taking steps to ensure our privacy.

Forbes staff writer Kashmir Hill outlines 10 protective measures we can implement, including simple things like: password protecting your devices, signing out of your email account when you're finished, and clearing your browser history and cookies regularly. You'll be glad you read it.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/20...

Human Level Recordings

I created the webpage for Janine Rostron’s (Planningtorock) new record label, Human Level Recordings, her own imprint under DFA Records. Brand new Planningtorock single coming out digitally on the label July 30th. DFA Records releasing July 31st for USA. Listen to the Planningtorock single and a track by rRoxymore on the label’s official webpage. (Logo by Janine Rostron and Tommy Everett)