Learning and discovering

So for some time I have been saying to myself that I have wanted to learn after effects. I used to mess around with it at college a little. Mainly to render out my 3D projects I had created in Maya. But I wanted to get down with all after effects can do as a program on its own.

Well as part of a professional and creative promise to myself I have said whenever I get any downtime I will learn something. So I signed up to Lynda and began to teach myself bit by bit. Now what I am showcasing here Is probably very basic to the regular after effects user but for me this is a massive step and I hope to build on it slowly and hopefully one day add after effects to my skill set and produce work professionally with the tool but for now I am enjoying exploring the program at my own pace and minus a brief 🙂

The first is a simple logo ident for my website:

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The next is a simple lyric video using a David Bowie track and a video I downloaded from here

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I don’t just design

I have started writing posts on Linked in for there Pulse section here is one I thought I would share on here:

I just recently watched a short video about the upcoming documentary Design Disrupters It was so interesting and made me really realise how my role as a designer has changed and is forever going to evolve but this current period in time right now is so important.

Agencies, Companies, Brands and anyone who employs digital designers to create banners, websites, online experiences, emails anything that a user interacts with is starting to notice. Designers can no longer create something visually pleasing, something that has the right colour scheme, adheres to brand guidelines, follows consistent rules set by another designer – no. There is now another more important factor to think about – How it makes the user feel.

As human beings we have had the pleasure of interacting with the digital landscape for some time now and we no longer stumble through it, we know exactly what we want and if we don’t see it, don’t feel it we move on, we’re becoming more demanding and more savvy. This is clear to see if you have children and when they pick up a device for the first time whether it be an iPhone, an Android phone a tablet, they know the gestures, the swiping techniques it’s quite scary to see but it is the way we have evolved and its not going to stop.

Because of this it has forced me and many other professionals like me to step up our design game! Agencies and clients need designers more than ever now to create these experiences and we need to be more in touch with how gestures and transitions need to work and make you feel – design is getting more and more interesting for us as a profession now for sure and I can’t wait to evolve with it and keep the user entertained!

Identity

So I have been thinking a lot about my online identity recently. After getting married and having my name change should I carry on using Tasker? At first i thought yes as it was hard to secure the web domain lisataylor.com for obvious reasons but now the more I think about it and the more I network I can see the issues. People wonder am I Lisa Tasker still or am I now Lisa Taylor? New connections I make know me as Lisa Taylor so it seems viable to change to that but how can I forget the past 7 years of connections made??

So I have decided to put together a new online identity. This is something that is going to be careful process as I don’t want to rush into it but I want to get it up and running soon.

This kind of sticks with me so I think I may go with it and see what branding and ideas around it I conjure up!

Lisa Tasker Taylor Designer Spy

I like it as it is funny but also directly relates to me and what I do. A couple of friends kindly thought it up minus the Designer but with Soldier (get it) well lets see where it takes me 🙂

I will post updates of thoughts and designs as soon as I have something.

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