A Formula for Light Painting in the World Around You

Being a fan of finding new creative outlets, this past year I’ve taken up a new hobby; photography. It’s been interesting to explore the ways you can leverage a camera to go beyond the every day subject matter of landscapes and people, and light painting is a way to use the real world as a canvas to draw on. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, light painting is a unique way of capturing shapes, expressions, or drawn pictures using light as a paintbrush and your camera as the canvas.

light1Light painting done on an idle streetcar in San Francisco. Taken with the Fuji X-E1 | Fujinon 14mm f2.8 | 30s exposure

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Posted on October 20, 2014 by Sarah · 1 comment CONTINUE READING
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Makin’ Artstuffs

I don’t usually get sick. I’ve started biking around the city in an attempt to get my body moving more, and it seems the “fresh” San Francisco air has caused me to come down with a terrible cold. Go figure.

The benefit of illness is it forces me to stay indoors and gives me an opportunity to pay attention to hobbies I otherwise tend to neglect. Illustrator took care of me, taking my mind of the rapidly growing pile of Kleenex on my floor. Date night with AI, here’s the result.


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Posted on March 16, 2014 by Sarah · 1 comment CONTINUE READING
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Beginning of the Timeline

About three years ago in 2011 — before Animate, before joining Adobe, before motion paths, gradients, responsive scaling and audio —  there was Edge. Edge (now rebranded as “Edge Animate” as a celebration of our 1.0) was a beta project being worked on by Adobe not yet released to the public.

EdgeProtoThe original Edge prototype created by Josh Hatwich and Mark Anders.

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Posted on March 13, 2014 by Sarah · 3 comments CONTINUE READING

How my Perception of Women in Tech Got Flipped Upside-Down in 15 Minutes

Before I begin, let me be clear on one thing: I am not a feminist. I’m fairly unsympathetic to the notion of women being unable to pursue their dreams in whatever capacity they choose simply because they’re women. I often roll my eyes at campaigns that cast women in a negative light alongside men – such as this anti-sexism spot by Pantene which recently made waves across the Internet — because it further perpetuates the stereotype that women ought to be considered an oppressed minority in the workplace. Totally understand there’s a world for that and that’s cool, just not my thing. Love what you do, own it, make goals for yourself and devote every waking second of your being to achieve them. Gender isn’t a deciding factor in one’s ability to get shit done.

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Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sarah · 12 comments CONTINUE READING
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The Onions of Modern Infographics

The web is brimming with infographics. Where did they start, and where are they headed? What are the principles intrepid infographic designers abide by, and how do they apply to you? In this article we’ll discuss the illimitable power of data visualization, how to approach good infographic design and the importance of interactive design on the web.

Infographics are a timeless way to represent data, and have been used for centuries much in the same way we use them today. When used properly, infographics make it easier to quickly convey a wealth of information in a small amount of space to communicate otherwise dry or hard to interpret information.

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Posted on December 6, 2013 by Sarah · 2 comments CONTINUE READING

Create Click and Touch Draggable Scrubbers with Edge Animate CC

Ever want to control your timeline animations in Animate with a scrubber? Here’s the sample to do so! Download the below files to learn how to create draggable scrubbers (both horizontal and vertical) so you can drag to control the timeline of symbols in Edge Animate CC. Use this technique to create scrubbable timelines, infographics, guide your audience through a story or anything else you can think of. These samples work for both touch and mouse events so they’re mobile and desktop friendly.

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Posted on November 8, 2013 by Sarah · 34 comments CONTINUE READING

A Designer’s Role in a Digital World of Code

As a print designer, is there a real need for you to learn to code?

There’s a number of lucrative reasons to take the bull by the horns and dive into front-end web languages including HTML, CSS and JavaScript. But why is this important? Coding isn’t the final product, so how does it apply to you? When designing in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign or any other design application, code can be a blissful afterthought as you create, but it certainly plays an integral role in the final product that you do produce when targeting digital mediums. In order to produce the highest quality design possible, you need to know what goes into it. That requires learning code.

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Posted on November 3, 2013 by Sarah · 4 comments CONTINUE READING
Lucent UI
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Lucent UI – A free, vector-based and retina ready UI kit

I love UI kits and so can you. My inner designer has been nagging for a fresh project and the result is Lucent UI, a new UI kit fresh out of the Photoshop oven. I took a slightly different approach to the design of this kit, placing an emphasis on graphing and plotting (bitches love data visualization) over traditional UI elements. Some of the charts are linked as Illustrator Smart Objects for easier replotting of visual data points. Every element is vector based, retina ready and distributed through layers. Text and colours are easily editable. This kit is completely free for use for personal or commercial projects.

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Posted on October 24, 2013 by Sarah · 6 comments CONTINUE READING
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Sexy Web Design Trends of 2013 (and how to get your hands on them)

Over the years we’ve seen the web reach unimaginable heights as a medium for storytelling, presentation and digital experiences. Leveraging HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and other flourishing web languages, 2013 has been an exceptional year for web professionals to target the HTML platform as a way to tell their story. Below are some sexy, creative examples web designers and developers are using to harness the potential of the web – and how you can get your hands on these great techniques.

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Posted on October 20, 2013 by Sarah · 3 comments CONTINUE READING
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Taking a Quick First Glance at iOS7

Today I dusted off my iOS developer account to give the beta release of iOS7 a try. After some light research which yielded some skeptical opinions of the new OS, I decided to look for myself.

When reading the following review, keep in mind I’m a seasoned jailbreaker so my opnions of new features may come with some skeptical undertones. At least the core functionality I longed for with a jailbreak is now here in iOS7, which I’ll dive into below.

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Posted on June 11, 2013 by Sarah · 2 comments CONTINUE READING
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