What is a harvest mouse really thinking?

A one page coding experiment

This idea came to me in a dream…

Actually I woke up having only just been dreaming about something I know not what and the only part of that dream still in my mind was a concept of mice wandering over a computer keyboard and everything they typed being turned into the word “harvest”. Weird, I know.

So I stuck this down on a post it note as it seemed like an interesting coding exercise.

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For this post I’ll simply focus on what I needed to learn in order to make this work, text parsing in javascript.

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Using recently gained knowledge about selecting elements in the DOM combined with this post on stack overflow. This was found by searching along the lines of “removing the last word from a string javascript”, because efficient googling is a very undervalued skill at present.

I also like to put as much work down on a whiteboard as possible before starting to code. I’ve sketched out the html elements and made a to-do list of sorts. Originally I thought I’d be using an <input> element however I ended up using a <textarea>.

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the to-do list on the whiteboard then translates into the code building

Information about keyboard presses as DOM events was also found here.

The entire project can be accessed here: on github

And used here thanks to GitHub pages, which is a recent and amazing discovery: Rich Harvest. NOTE: there is no support for mobile yet, I’ve branched the project with that addition in mind.

The only problem I ran into was with editing the content (or .value) of the <textarea> as a static variable instead of as live DOM element.

Pretty fun one-page web project, 10/10, would harvest again.

 

Art Geko

 

Art Geko? Art Deco? …

Inspirations:

Process:

Spotify’s promotional and social media material, especially their in-feed adverts for 3 months premium membership for £9.99, has a look that involves shapes and “bold” colours. Not huge colours but eye catching at least.
It was the squiggly line especially that got me wondering how I would make them in illustrator…? So I used adobe illustrator and threw shapes at an artboard till it looked good, and while I was doing that I looked at the colours I was pulling from adobes color website and thinking what i would look like if the hue was animated in after effects as I’ve tried this during other projects in the past.

illustrator screenshot

So I pulled the finished image into Photoshop and added a hue/saturation adjustment layer.

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apologies for low image quality
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The final image – currently the header image for this site (this may have changed at time of reading)

While the image was in Photoshop I tried making it black and white as I was curious what it might look like with a single colour overlay. Then after trying a gradient map adjustment layer it seems as thought the base image could be adapted to suit any theme on a site or for a brand for example.

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Black and White just using the default Photoshop black and white adjustment layer preset

 

I intend to experiment more with this style in the future and would like to find out if I can increase the aesthetic quality by adjusting the positioning of the shapes or what shapes are used etc… There really are a million options for this style.

Posterize Time effect

 

While creating some animated line drawings I wanted to make them slightly more visually interesting than simply adding easing.

line-animation-testPosterize time is an effect which essentially reduces the amount of frames outputted. It gives a great look to motion graphics and works especially well when the animation keyframes have a decent amount of easing applied.

The appearance of motion blur is also reduced by this effect so you might want to experiment.
The original line drawing was created in illustrator and then imported into Ae there’s plenty of guides for how to do this online.

 

Colours and Text and More Colours

font used: Plump

I had recently seen an offset shadow on text that had a transparent gap between the text and its shadow. I decided to  attempt his effect by adding a stroke to the the text and then subtracting that stroke from the shadow. (I also added a small blur on the shadow layer as the edges of the selection weren’t anti-aliased and adding a blur was easier than going back in my history).

I added a grunge texture to the background and overlayed it and finished by adding  a hue and saturation adjustment to the background and shifting it to quickly experiment with different colours. just for kicks I  inverted the whole thing and tried a few that way.

Color pallet for the letters on adobe color

Branding Experiment

Here I took an image I captured while in Glenveagh National Park in Co. Donegal, Ireland; and tried to apply some branding techniques I had seen online. wearetribe.co use this look a lot especially in their email marketing material.

Illustrator makes it easy to skew text, whereas Photoshop presents no easy way to achieve the same result without rasterising the text and losing quality.
The look is simply achieved my placing a solid colour layer over the (black and white) photo layer and setting its opacity to around 50-60%.

More experimentation is needed in this style I think. The flow and appearance of the text could possibly be made to work better with the background image as well as the pattern.

More full resolution photos from Glenveagh can be found on my flickr

Glenveagh National Park

(Incidentally this is also the same image I’ve used for the site header)