Sophie and Kevin reveal Happy Cog’s design process through their experience building a responsive site from beginning to end, including: kicking off the project, the collaborative design process, and the tools they tweaked along the way. Find out what worked and what they learned. In the end, it should be clear that this is a time for experimentation and finding new approaches for new tasks.
After graduating from NYU Film School and then working in digital book publishing for two years, Sophie Shepherd realized that what she really wanted to do was to design websites. She freelanced for two years before becoming a full time designer with Happy Cog, honing her skills working with clients such as Texas Monthly, the Texas Department of Transportation, and National Geographic. Her love of beautiful design is only overshadowed by her passion for websites that are simple, easily navigable, and full of necessary, applicable content. When not in front of a screen, Sophie enjoys cooking, reading, road trips, and camping. She is passionate about craft and import beer, and can talk about it for a very long time.
Kevin Sharon is a web designer with over 10 years experience designing innovative, engaging, and usable web experiences. His expertise lies in: creative direction, strategy, user experience, graphic design, animation, and film. Prior to joining Happy Cog, Kevin spent two years designing and developing sites for higher education, financial service, healthcare, and entertainment industries at Razorfish. Kevin has been an adjunct professor at Philadelphia University’s School of Design and Media. He has taught courses to Digital and Graphic Design undergraduate and graduate students in design for the web as well as motion graphics and video. In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, eating, soccer (playing and watching), music, and reading—in that order. Next time you see him, be sure to ask about the time he was in Iceland, sharing a hot tub with Björk.
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James did the evening talk on the first day of beyond tellerrand 2013. A session that is here to inspire and push people to think. Always a joy with a drink in one hand and a great day behind. Thanks to James for doing a great job!
Watch this little video to get an impression what beyond tellerrand is and who has spoken: vimeo.com/69823900
A finalist for the 2014 SXSW Excellence in Title Design Awards, Feed Your Creative Brain is the opening titles leftchannel (leftchannel.com/) created for the motion 2013 conference, the TED Talks of our industry.
Having full creative reign in coming up with the opening titles for motion 2013, we focused on bringing to life the conference theme, "feed your creative brain," with the use of typography, cel and character animation, and our personal favorites, tentacles and minions.
Thanks to the motion staff for having full faith in us to deliver something cool in three weeks. We loved the process, love the result and absolutely loved the event. Also a very special thanks to Allen DiCenzo of Circa Music for the great sound design! Lastly, many thanks to all of the publications who helped tell our story: Motionographer, Stash, SHOOT, Computer Arts Magazine, and the many others.
Inspired by Zappos, Blind lives by 10 Core Values that embody the culture and spirit of their company. They are more than just mottos, or rules, or bullet points – they’re beliefs. If you’ve ever walked through their front door then you’ll know what I mean.
In order to celebrate these values, I created 10 animated mini films. Each one interprets and illustrates a single Core Value in a fun and unexpected way. Read more at blind.com/about
Directed & Animated by Greg Gunn
Music & Sound Design by Dynamite Laser Beam
A BL IN/D Production