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Art Directors Guild Emerging Technology Expo 2017 recap

I’m pleased to announce that the sessions that were recorded from the Emerging Technologies Expo held in March are now available on the Art Directors Guild Ustream Channel, you can find the links below. Also of note, I attended the VR LA Expo in April, which reinforced my focus on the need to adapt for our […]

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VR LA 2017 round-up

VR LA Report I approached this year’s VR LA Expo held at the LA convention center with a focus on VR as a design tool. The show floor featured booths from technology companies such as Intel which showed off a partnership with the Smithsonian that mimicked the experience of visiting a Washington DC wing of […]

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Colorway – for the art directors toolkit

I always get a bit excited when I come across tools that enhance design process. A tool, widget or device that, once applied to our workflow, offers an opportunity to hide the process and get to the heart of design. Design is largely about rapid iteration, finding what works from the ether of ideation. The […]

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STG Election!

STG brothers and sisters, thanks for dropping by my site! I’m hard at work crafting an agenda for this election to articulate my plans if elected as Chairperson. Stay tuned to the #STGCouncil tag on twitter for updates. Thanks for voting!    

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An argument for old school drafting.

A reasoned appeal for old school drafting. The niftiest Sketchup looks not withstanding, the gentleman has a point. “It has become fashionable in many architectural circles to declare the death of drawing. What has happened to our profession, and our art, to cause the supposed end of our most powerful means of conceptualizing and representing architecture?” […]

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Globo-a-go-go

I’m currently working on a full write-up of my trip to Brazil. But in the mean time I wanted to share a little of the experience from an art director’s perspective. I had a chance to visit the Globo backlot while there. Nestled into a rise above a valley, surrounded by jutting rock formations covered […]

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You sit you die.

Ergonomics is becoming more and more of an issue, as study after study confirms that sitting for long periods is detrimental to our health. It seems like sitting has become the new smoking. Below are some links to recent articles detailing the current thinking on the topic. Don’t just sit there. – LA Times The […]

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DAM discussion follow-up

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Thank you to those who came out to the guild this Saturday for the DAM class! I was not as prepared as I would have liked to have been 🙁 But I will make it up to you on this site by trying to do my best to help those wanted to know more. Here […]

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On the trail of 3D printing

An exhibitors booth at the 2013 Pacific Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim 3d printing has long been on my radar. The applications for filmmaking are numerous and on obvious. Sadly, 3D printing at the kind of scale required to have a bearing on set design and construction is still very much in it’s research and development […]

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The Origins of CAD

A fascinating, but brief article on the history of CAD. Factoid: AutoCAD just implemented features that were available in software 47 years ago. 50 Years of CAD  http://www.designworldonline.com/50-years-of-cad/#_  

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