I previously promised some process sketches of my recent portfolio revamp. Here you go!
I also planned to write a post-mortem. Feeling a bit not into that lately. The short-story is, lots of iteration. Lots of cutting away to the core. Conviction in pushing the format. It would be easier to fire up a CMS and call it a day, but again, I decided to try something else and saw it through (with some struggle no less!).
During my flight back from Los Angeles today, the stranger in the center seat chatted me about Sociallist. (The dear side project I won’t shut up about; I was drawing frames during that terrible few minutes of no electronics ;)
He loved the idea and pitched one of his own to me: a vinyl app. Intriguing…
The best part? Turns out he wasn’t an ideas guy, but simply a guy who’s been traveling the world for the last decade enroute to Yosemite National Park. Has no stake in this industry.
It was clear he had a great grasp of the vinyl world (for the record, I know nothing about vinyl, pun intended) since it was enough to get me to sketch up his thoughts.
That was refreshing. The 1:25 flight passed very quickly as a result. A conversation between strangers who came from different worlds united by an inkling of wanting to create. No ulterior motives aside from a fleeting connection.
I parted with knowledge of his whereabouts for the summer and he parted with my sketch.
A handful of more sharpie sketches of various projects I’m thinking about: sociallist and a future portal page, susanl.in. I pulled the trigger for the .in domain when I learned the awesome namecheap offered it for $2.78 the first year, so cheap!
A belated post on a project I did last year @ Vast.
(No trade secrets here, so go away competitors.)
I had the opportunity to work on a then secret project to put everyone’s mug on a mug. Now the SF team has their name on a mug, but better. (Though I guess nothing stops you from using someone else’s.. but that’s awkward.)
All-in-all: a nice swag project to kick-off as a (then) new hire. Putting those double-tipped sharpie sketch skills to use. Also, it was a month of illustrating lots of facial hair. I don’t think I’ve drawn that many beards before in my life.