Wall-E Interface Design

Okay this is turning into Animated Movie Week at the blog, but since I just watched Wall-E , I can still remember where some of the best interface design elements were. And lets hope Pixar doesn’t mind some fellow artists gawking at (and reposting) pics of their work. Click the images for embiggened versions….







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Joel Trussell likes to draw girls…but who doesn’t!?

Joel Trussell combines my favorite cartoon style, retro-Jetson, with my favorite subject, ladies! Plus he’s got a few other non-female characters in his portfolio. Oh and TONS of sketches, which I love to see in an artist’s portfolio. There’s something honest about seeing someone’s sketches. So to any artist that might be listening, post up those rough sketches on your blog or main site. From someone who spent 3 years as an Art Director and responsible for hiring many artists, those sketches are key! And to prove you drew them,  bite the page so we can match your dental records to the sketch.

Anyway, here’s Joe’s old site.  And there’s promise of a new version here , but for now that just links to the old site and his blog . A few pics below…

New Interface Design lesson in the works…

For a few weeks now I’ve been screen-grabbing little snippets of interface design elements that caught my eye. Some from websites, electronics, car dashboards, whatever. Today was the first day I actually sat down and started sifting through everything to prep for a Flash lesson on all this. Usually I’ll try to work out an overall theme for a lesson, and then decide what to teach first. I thought I had a good theme in my head, until I began playing around in Flash, and then the first thing that came out was great, but not at all what I intended. It got me thinking a series of different video player shells could be useful. So many sites use video now, and usually there’s no outer decoration. Anyway, just thought I’d share the pic below. You can embiggen it by clicking it.

 

Flash Interface Design

Playing around in Flash for an Interface Design curse, I mean course

Plethora of design reference on 3 animated commercials

Three Legged Legs have posted three commercials they did for Amp, which are amazing.  They’ve also been kind enough to include tons of background details on the project: character art, multiple versions of the animations, high rez background illustrations, and general chit-chat about the project. You’ll definitely get a good feel for how detail-oriented this studio is, but you also get the sense they are cool, young group to work with.

Animatic vs Final Piece.

Alberto Cerriteno has posted links to his latest animation and included the original animatic so you can see how closely they followed through with the original plan.  I recommend starting both the final and the animatic at the same time, and just turn off the volume on one. 

Also he’s posted tons of illustrations (high rez if you click on them) from the animation. And if you read details on the piece, they did this entire animation in only a month with a very small crew (2 people!). 

John K’s Blog: A “Real” Animator

 John Kricfalusi is a true old-school animator and illustrator (die hard fans of “Ren and Stimpy” know him as their creator and eventual casualty). His blog is basically an online text book of resources for budding animators, the paper-n-pencil kind, not the slide-a-Flash-keyframe kind (like myself). So we can learn much from him. Pay special attention to the notes on many of his sketches, some are subtle but give a lot of insight into the framing or flow of a good sketch.

 

The blog also has details on John’s current projects which I’m assuming includes these political toys

From My Bookshelf…

I’ve posted a link to this book before at my non-wordpress blog but since that blog is now rotting in cyberspace, I thought it was worth posting again. I have a tendency to shelve-n-forget a lot of design books, but this isn’t one of them. I’m constantly going back to it for fresh ideas. Which is ironic since the illustrations in this book are about 60 years old now. But they haven’t gone stale. You can grab a copy here or clicking the image below…