illustration: BISON portfolio cover

Well, it’s time for another portfolio! I’m looking for a new job opportunity, and I’m honestly very excited about it. I learned so much at my old job, and I’m looking forward to experiencing something new and even more challenging.

A new portfolio needs a new cover, so — here’s mine. This time I’m going with my favourite animal — BISON! And a whole herd of them, just to make things more complicated.

Here they are! I just love bison so much.

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symbol sketching.

symbol sketching.

I’m taking a class at Skillshare right now — an open skills teaching environment. The one I’m doing happens to be free, but most classes are just 20 bucks or so. Lots of design stuff, but also cooking, business and other sorts of classes as well.

Anyway, my class is called ‘Illustrate Your Day: An Intro to Symbol Design’ and the project we’re working on is a set of symbols that tells the story of your daily routine.

I was doing some concept sketches last night and… symbol design is pretty tricky! I’ll keep you updated as I progress.

black and white trifold mockup.

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Been working on a brochure design for a used car dealership. I had made a coloured version of this, but since the dealership is more likely to go for less expensive black and white printing I did a grayscale version as well.

I like how the grayscale copy turned out, actually. It doesn’t have that shiny colour polish, but it’s got a cool graphic look. Printed out a rough copy on my old printer  just to get a feel for it.

captivate course build — almost done!


Phew! After a few days working on my demo course, it’s almost done! All the content and functionality is now in place. The only thing left to do is to add a little animation, just to make some of the screens more dynamic.

I’m determined to finish that tonight! For now, you can take a look at the teeny thumbnails in my Captivate filmstrip view.

course building in progress


Having a ton of fun building this course in Captivate.

And I was totally correct, building in Illustrator and then re-creating in Captivate is working a lot faster for me. It took me only two hours this morning to build a new theme and create the first four screens, interactions and all. Importing custom assets is super easy when you’ve already determined your layout and final dimensions.

more course screen designs!

I started building my ‘learn to bake… Sugar Cookies’ course in Captivate.

But it was sort of a headache (because of all the custom graphics I’m using) so I’ve gone back to lay the whole thing out in Illustrator instead. After I do that, it should be a cinch to rebuild it all in Captivate. I can just re-create all the basic shapes (rounded rectangles and all that) and pull the custom assets out of the Illustrator file as I need them.

Super excited to get this finished now!

demo course template design

Working on some template designs for my demo Captivate course.

Yes. It’s an e-learning course about making cookies. Why not? Might as well have some fun with the subject matter, since I’m just using this demo to show my abilities. (And my abilities include making cookies.)

The wood texture is available free here.

 

character dev: Chef Tony

character dev: Chef Tony

When I went to school at Humber, we shared a building with a few culinary classrooms. The chefs-in-training had checkered pants as part of their uniform, so I guess there’s some reason for that?

Anyway, here’s teeny Chef Tony. He’s got his regulation checkered pants and everything!

I’ll be using him in a demo training course I’m making to show my abilities with e-learning authoring tools like Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline. More screenshots from that as I progress along.