The tool itself is really straight forward to use and start creating with but there’s a few things you can do to help make the best possible flixels, so I thought I’d throw a quick post together and share what I’ve learned in playing with the app for a little while now. Feel free to share your tips in the comments too! Continue reading Three Simple Steps to Creating Amazing Flixels
So, with that in mind I’ve started to make some changes and tweaks to try and focus the different streams of content so those who choose to consume content I produce (thanks, by the way) can get the type of content they’re interested in, and hopefully none (or at least as little as possible) of the stuff they don’t.
New Portfolio Site
The biggest change so far is that I’ve started to migrate all work/portfolio related content into a new site at http://work.ryancoleman.ca – since I’m working full-time the showcase worthy freelance work & speaking engagements are a little more spread out, causing them to easily get lost in the sea of other posts and content on this site. I’m also trying to keep my actual “blog” a lot lighter in terms of moving parts and that ran counter to having slicker, portfolio style posts.
So what to follow / where to read?
Work, Speaking & Facilitation Portfolio
That would be the new site mentioned above http://work.ryancoleman.ca
– if RSS is your preferred method the Photoblog is your best bet
– @ryansphotos is the same content as the photoblog, just via twitter (my @ryancoleman account also includes these posts)
– My Tumblr Photoblog integrates the primary photoblog content & my Instagram pics
So there you have it, if you got this far thanks for reading – hopefully this helps you narrow the stream of content coming from me if the fire hose is just too much.
Like John, I’m a long time Sketchbook Pro fan and had been using it for sometime. While it was great on my desktop I never quite got in the groove with it when I started trying their Sketchbook Express on the iPad. With Paper though, I immediately connected with it and just loved the quality of the default brush. Drawing features are kept to a bare minimum (brush selection, fixed palette, draw & erase & undo – aka ‘rewind’.) & changing/adding pages is simple and straight forward.
A couple of things I really like:
- Multiple ‘Sketchbooks’
Paper lets you create multiple “Books” in the app, so I can section off my personal stuff form my work stuff really easily – or if I’m working on a specific project I can give it its own book etc.
Their interpretation of “undo” is great. Rather than simply undoing and removing the entire last action you made you can simple ‘rewind’ by placing two fingers on the screen & then moving them counter clock-wise. And it backs up your actions, just as rewind implies. Go too far? Just rotate your fingers clockwise. I found it a little finicky at first but after a bit of use it’s become pretty natural.
While I appreciate the minimalism there’s one feature I’d love to see added and that’s very, very basic layers. I don’t eed full blown layers like Photoshop or Sketchbook but even just having two layers would be great. I’ve encountered a few times where it’d be great to be able to sketch something out on one layer, then ink & colour over it on a second and finally remove or hide the sketch layer when finished. I know it breaks the paper metaphor, but still…
Highly recommend it – Paper is available in the Apple App Store for iPads.
As we were using a special Virtual CLassroom app, and I had to make my 90minute presentation fit into 45 minutes, I had to do some redesign to my deck so I made a clean start and rebuilt it almost from scratch. (I was never super thrilled with how the first deck turned out either) – Working with this content has been an interesting experience as I’ve now packaged it as a 90 minute talk, a 45 minute talk and a 5 minute Ignite – it’s actually been really good practice for developing story and learning where/what to cut. Continue reading Designing for Visual Efficiency: Redux
I’m excited to announce I’ll be speaking/facilitating at the upcoming Visual Thinking and Literacy Conference in Michigan on March 17, 2012.
The 2012 Visual Thinking Conference is for anyone focused on visual approaches to thinking and communication. So whether you are a business leader giving presentations, a marketing manager designing websites and materials, or a grade school teacher looking for new ways to reach students, no other event offers you more of today’s solutions… and tomorrow’s vision. Continue reading Coming Up: Visual Thinking & Literacy Conference