Some of my co-workers from Iowa recently asked me to take part in a creative co-op. ‘What is a creative co-op?’ you might ask. Well, the short answer is that we’re essentially a design studio without a roof. We’re each sharing freelance projects based on the specific skills required. It’s a the sum of the whole is greater than the parts kind of thing. And it’s a fantastic opportunity to work even more with people I enjoy and admire (even if it is from a long distance).
As of the time that I’m writing this entry only our temporary site is available at carpoolcreative.com, but there are links to two of the other designers involved, Eric Kome and Jason Price, both exceptional talents. We’ll have a site available soon that includes information about the other members of the co-op including the very able Laura Abel, project manager extraordinaire,and the fantastic copywriter and CreativePro veteran Eric Stone (who also happens to be the funniest man on the planet, which also makes him one of the smartest). We’ll likely be partnering with some sales-types/account executives and some back-end developers to round it all out. Expect great things…
Aaron Simpson just posted a huge John K. interview over at Cold Hard Flash. It’s well worth a read and a re-read. It’s loaded with annotations in the form of links and embedded videos. It’s a great history of internet (Flash) animation as well.
Amy and I were fortunate enough to make it to the Sonoma Valley Film Festival this year. This year’s events centered around a tribute to John Lasseter. Among the events we caught were: the debut of The Pixar Story, a documentary by Lelsie Iwerks, grandaughter of the famous Ub Iwerks; a presentation of Pixar shorts by Andrew Jimenez, who is responsible for the amazing pre-vis/animatic work available on the Incredibles DVD; and a wonderful storyboarding panel that included Mark Andrews, Jim Capobianco, Jason Katz and Ronnie Del Carmen. Ronnie Del Carmen has a post on his blog with some pictures from the event. Amy made it into three of the pictures and I’m hiding back there in one of them as well.
This was another in a series of events where we feel extremely lucky to be in Northern California. I know we’ll be talking about what we learned from the experience for some time to come.
I’ve had a lot of people ask me lately about what I consider myself, a designer or a developer. Well, I’m both. It seems to take me by surprise every time I’m asked. Probably because I never planned on being a developer. But now that I do Flash development, I can’t imagine not doing both. The other night I found this great article by Nick Velloff that describes what I do pretty well.