Graphic and web design is the main focus at Island Earth Studio but our capabilities reach into a variety of other skills. Below are some examples of other types of work that I am able to provide.
Flash is a great tool for web sites but Flash animation can also be a valuable and convenient tool for other purposes. The animations below were done for SAi, a software developer. The two on the left were designed to highlight new product categories and played on a continuous loop at trade shows. The other was a holiday "card" added to SAi's web site for the holiday season and was to include their international locations and core products.
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Most of my illustration work is done in Adobe Illustrator which creates scalable vector graphics. This allows the illustration to be reproduced as big or as small as your needs require. As you can see below on the left, an illustration can be made from a photo. This leaf was used as part of Green Home Goods' identity and the photo was taken in the owner's yard. The illustrations on the right are two variations provided for a pharmaceutical packet.
Island Earth Studio offers basic signs, banners, and stickers. To do this on a large scale requires very large equipment so s try to keep it small. I find that signmaking capabilities are a great supplement to graphic design. Clients needing a new brand identity can often use a widow sticker for their vehicle or store front. I provide signmaking services utilizing precision cut vinyl lettering and graphics guaranteed for up to 9 years against fading.
CAD can be used for almost any non-graphical project. I've used it for backyard decks, skateboard ramp design, picnic tables, home floor plans, arcade machines, even machines for semi-automated manufacturing. Designing in CAD first eliminates a lot of guesswork and allows for faster, more precise construction in the long run.
Maybe you're thinking of adding a deck to your house, or remodeling the inside of your home or business and need to know where that new bathroom will fit, I can help. Once measurements are taken and everything is entered into a CAD program, you can be sure that what you see on screen is what you'll get in your location.
Interface & Software Design - ColorExcel
I was responsible for complete workflow design, and design of all icons, graphics and buttons. All icons were designed in a vector based program before being added to the pixel based format needed for compiling.
ColorEXCEL is a remote color proofing product. My involvement with this product began when I was asked by the SAi's CEO to evaluate a recently acquired product, understand its function, then provide a new interface that anybody could use, regardless of proofing experience. The original mockup of the program was done in Adobe Photoshop®, including all button states (mouse-over, mouse-down, etc.). These images were then used in compiling the final program. The following images are just a few screens of the actual program.
Icon & Interface Design - FlexiSIGN PRO
FlexiSIGN is a leader in its field and didn't need a complete overhaul but was was due for an update. I re-designed over 240 vector based toolbar icons, application icons, and splash screens to give the software a more modern look. The toolbar icons could be no larger than 24 pixels but the application icons had to be large enough to work on the latest Mac and Windows platforms. Below are are just a few examples of what was done for FlexiSIGN.
FlexiSIGN is SAi's family of vector design software tailored to large format printing and vinyl cutting. All of the icons were designed in Adobe Illustrator® and then an individual bitmap was created for each icon. I've also been responsible for creating all of SAi’s applications’ splash screens and application icons. These were usually derived from artwork used in the product’s packaging design.
Interface Design - ImageFLOW
ImageFLOW was a new program and needed a complete interface design. The features were are specified but it was my job to put the them in a location that looks and feels natural to the user.
ImageFLOW is a large format scanning application. It’s design is quite a bit larger than I would prefer but one requirement was that it needed to work with a touch screen (no keyboard or mouse). The original mockup of the program was done in Adobe Photoshop® and converted to slices in ImageReady® for easy export of button states. These images were then used in compiling the program. The first image shows the release version, the second shows the update for version 2.
Interface & Software Design - PhotoPRINT SERVER PRO
For more than a year, I was Product Manager of PhotoPRINT 6 RIP software. This involved art direction, interface design/mockup, feature design, writing the 84 page specification, presentation and training for the public and internal sales people among various other tasks. PhotoPRINT 6 marked the first major interface overhaul of its kind since the product’s introduction. Being the driving force behind this overhaul, I played a vital role in working with engineering to accomplish my goals and establish a framework for facilitating future improvements. Beyond the appearance of the software, my other major contributions include complete workflow redesign of the Color Profiler (ICC Profile creation), new concepts in Ink Limit and Ink Split target design, and a new, simple approach to common features. The following images show a couple examples of the interfaces and icons designed for the project.