I’ve been obsessed with #buttons for two days! #InDesign #animate

Since I’m redesigning my resume & making myself an artful, interactive PDF from InDesign, I’m going for a bunch of things at once, getting more familiar with the web aspects of Indesign and making a file that would appeal to digital design geeks. This in spite of the fact that the real campaign coming up is for hand painted textiles. I’ll sell it all at once! I hope.

I spent like 4/5 hours yesterday torturing myself. I’d program just 2 actions per button but the sound action would NOT stick through a copy & paste of the objects. I added them to Object Styles, but no. Sometimes the links would vanish. And sound! I got the idea that I wanted a little click sound. Watched a tutorial & went through all the hell making a nav bar for 3 pages, only to find there is no way to hide the ugly sound file graphic that’ll show up on the PDFs and possibly when printed.

Then I did enough googling to come to the conclusion that there isn’t a great solution, and if you want sound in your InDesign buttons you better make them in another app. When I first explored web apps, just a little, Macromedia owned Flash & the button app was Fireworks. It was in Creative Cloud at first but you knew they were going to kill it and sure enough, I checked & it’s gone. I think Animate must be the button machine…

But I’m not allowed to screw around with that endlessly today. I have to get a draft of a printable resume done by Thursday, so I can zap it out Thursday, and I have other things to do. I owe at least one Illustration session to the ongoing project. I can’t believe I’m down to the last two goddesses! I might get some more work, doing borders and cropping, if there’s the budget for that.

I have to work on formatting my experience and skills… But that’s after 2 hours with my CIB (Classroom in a Book). I’ve had the InDesign one for a couple months now. First I worked my way through Muse. I should expert myself up some more though. I know Illustrator the best, followed closely by Photoshop. The goal is to get through the InDesign book and use Animate some more. I went through a CIB on Animate too…

Design of the day, #infographic #illustrator #contentmarketing #cocktails

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Content Marketing Infographic

I haven’t completely proofed this yet, and it’s not like I’ve got a tabloid sized printer, for that kind of thing. I wanted to go ahead and post this now because I’ve been working on it for a little while.

At least with tech and the supposed digital savvy of Portland, there is focus on communication, and that’d give me a chance to use my skill with vector based drawing & graphics. I’ve gotten some attention for this kind of thing but I need more of it, money for cool projects. I decided awhile back I needed to produce some more complex, page scrolling samples. This is the first one. I took my time but I’ve been pretty busy with my goddesses.

And I’m going to branch out into tattoo design too.

I keep going back & forth on whether or not to have all of Boodiba in one place, blog wise. Do I put the design stuff in with everything else? Why not right? As far as networking goes, well I’d rather design for a Russell Brand than any clamped down, soulless drone corporation, if you get my meaning. I shine with fellow subversives and idealists. You can’t be a great artist and designer and be spineless anyway. Anyone I want to work for has gotta accept me for who I am.


So I’ve been playing with an Adobe app, #adobecapture

Home looks like this. I’ve been playing around with the different functions, figuring how they work with the design apps I use most often: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat.


Making shapes & modifying in Photoshop & Illustrator

I made a bunch of patterns. Here’s one from Henry’s bum. Since I’m willing to go sit in the shrubs with my cat, I made use of my time. The palette is so nice! It’d be good for carpeting.

Here’s a few more. You could do it endlessly (or maybe that’s just me).

Was less successful trying to make a brush for Photoshop. It also exports paths to Illustrator, but it’d be way better to make a mark like this traditional media… I used an ink pen with a brush-like tip.

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Line drawn with Faber Castelli artist pen, SC

I already deleted the Photoshop brush I made with Capture because it didn’t work. I then imported my original photo, dropped out the background & outlined it to make an Illustrator art brush. It’d be better if I’d taken the time to draw the image carefully in Illustrator, but this would do for some effects.

Art brush

So I tried Patterns, Shapes (harder to see using, for me personally) and Brushes. Looks creates color story thumbnails that you can use to apply really meh color effects in Photoshop. I’d much rather access the thumbnails as separate, good quality image files but that appears to be impossible. It’d be cool for very easy mood & color boards!

PS: Yes I have to rename this particular Cloud library from Animate to Capture. I am not that organized about them because I use them for play. I was dabbling in Flash, which turned into Animate mid dabble. Forgot to rename it / make a new one. Non importanto.


Anyway I need to get to the illustration. Gotta ink two goddesses today. Working in traditional media again has been amazing for me, both as an artist & a designer.