I have had the good fortune of sitting with some recent grads who also happened to be former students of mine. When they were in my class, they were still barely whetting their appetites for design. The rules of clear communication were not so clear to them — they wanted to make “cool” things, not […]
Author: D Molanphy
It has been a little more than a year since I last posted on here and it’s time that I get back on this bandwagon. A very quick update of what has transpired in a year: Mabel is now 16 months old and we’re loving every minute of it. I am now the associate creative […]
So I have a lot of catching up to do, but let’s start with first things first. The reason for my prolonged hiatus is the birth of our first baby: Mabel Elise Molanphy. She has been with us now for about five weeks and we have yet to recover from the first week. So the […]
I just received a wonderful surprise from my mentor and friend Scott Franson. He does these intricate and exquisite little illustrations that I have long drooled over and today I received four of these pieces from him. What a great way to end the day! (Forgive the graininess and overall poor reproductions – I took […]
I’m fully aware that Halloween has come and gone, but for some reason these little guys didn’t come out of my head until this weekend. I blame it on my new Moleskine since I bought one with a grid this time around. I have concluded that the grid is inhibiting my usual process because I […]
I have recently been engaged in a fun experiment for a touchscreen using Actionscript and the Twitter API. It has been a fantastic learning experience in many ways, including AS3, object oriented programming, and above all, usability. There are some things worth mentioning: 1. Making a virtual keyboard for a touchscreen is much more tedious […]
Woot! Got notice today that my interview with FlashDen posted on their blog today. Pretty neat. Read it here.
It’s been some time since my last post. My apologies – I have been sucked into the Twitter vortex which I find fascinating to be honest. I mean, whodda thunk that 140 characters could reveal so many brand insights! But that’s a different post altogether. Today I’m sharing some tips that I learned from Todd […]
Just went live with a new “micro-site” for Best Buy’s True Stories ad campaign. Feel free to check it out at www.bestbuytruestories.com. Lots of fun ads to check out – more to come!
Hi all. Just added three new files to my FlashDen profile (yes, I know it’s been a while since I’ve done anything on there). They’re all simple time-savers which hopefully makes people’s lives a bit easier. The more significant accomplishment, however, is that they are all AS3 – which I’m now becoming increasingly comfortable with. […]
This is a good post on the basics of trademarks by Linda Joy Kattwinkel (via AIGA CPM). There is a marked difference between copyrights and trademarks, and all designers should be well aware of the implications of each. From the article: “Unlike copyright, ownership of a trademark is not about who created the mark. Trademark […]
I’m always surfing Apple’s AppStore looking for new (and useful) apps for my trusty iPhone. I have to say that I haven’t been terribly impressed with the current offerings at the AppStore, and I’m sure a lot of that has to do with the steep learning curve of developing a decent app. Not to mention […]
sIFR (or Scalable Inman Flash Replacement) has long provided an alternative to the default fonts available to web designers everywhere. However, it has also long provided endless migraine headaches, slowness, and other shortcomings. Enter Cufón, a technology that aims to change all that without the need for a plug-in, and compatible with all type-a browsers. […]
In these economically straining times, you may have found yourself on the receiving end of the dreaded pink-slip. If so, I’m really sorry. Layoffs seem to have become perfectly acceptable these days – and for many businesses, it’s the first bailout option that management uses. It’s not right — and when it’s your turn to make […]
A great subject/post by Lee Brimelow (be sure to read the comments too). I have myself tried a number of Tween libraries, including Fuse, Tweener, TweenLite, and TweenMax and completely agree with Lee that they are all great, and in the end, it’s all about what your needs are.