ebow

I recently finished a 10 week placement with a company called ebow. These guys are fantastic at what they do and have huge clients such as GAA, Disney, Coolmore, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and even the President!

While I was there I got to work on some personal projects as well as help out with a few other bits. I learned so much about logo and web design, even having some extra work for my portfolio from some of the projects. It was much easier to learn by being handed a brief, spending a little time on it drawing up some mock ups and then sitting down for critiques and getting a chance to see what the designers had come up with. This is definitely an area I am going to study further!

Magento was something I had not come across before and is a great little ecommerce platform, and very simple to use too. Magento and I became best of pals while I worked on the recently launched mens fashion site bootsjeansandleathers.com. This also involved a few fun days on location shooting products alongside the content editor (many ice-creams were consumed!). I also did a little with WordPress for another upcoming site which will be launched very shortly (all very hush hush but its a big ‘un!).

Marc Wiseler, account director at ebow, recently did a video interview with mediauprise.ie where he talks about web development, graphic design, and social media. He also gives advise on what ebow would like to see in prospective employees portfolios. You can check it out here. Also keep an eye on the ebow blog for funky posts on social media, web design, as well as other bits & bobs!

I had an unforgettable 10 weeks and can’t put a value on the experience I gained. I’m so unbelievably grateful to all in ebow who were so friendly and welcoming! I have major Apple envy towards you all though! 🙂 So to finish up I decided to make a list..

My 10 favourite things about being an intern in ebow!

  1. They fed me. Cupcakes, doughnuts, cookies, lunch, hot chocolate, murphys ice-cream.. What more could a girl want!
  2. They got my tweet in a national paper & retweeted by the GAA!
  3. They taught me to look at design in a different way, this I have to thank Sharon for, or Shazmo as she is known in ebow land.
  4. I learned all about dressing a man while on photoshoots with Elva and our lovely model Jim (a plastic man unfortunately!), now I just need to find a man to dress!
  5. Did I mention they fed me? They did this a lot!
  6. Listening to some cool tunes all day in the office was definitely good for my work flow.
  7. I learned things about putting together a portfolio which I would never have even considered before!
  8. Walking through the gallery every day and having a sneaky look at what was going up.
  9. Apple products as far as the eye can see!
  10. Everybody who worked at ebow was super nice and helped me with any problems I had! And if I didn’t have a problem, they were still super nice!

A day in the life of Earth!

The Elektro-L No.1 Russian weather satellite produces 121-megapixel images that capture the Earth in one shot instead of a collection of pictures from multiple flybys stitched together (as done by NASA). The result is the highest-resolution single picture of Earth yet. The satellite takes a full image of Earth from its stationary point over 35,000 kilometers above the Indian Ocean every 30 minutes, providing the material for the video below. The images have a resolution of one kilometer per pixel! James Drake obtained over 350 full-resolution photos and used them to make several videos showcasing a day in the life of Earth.

Check out a zoom-able version of one of the images here!

Shows you just how tiny we are!

What I’m Loving – Stop Motion

I have been loving stop motion for a while now. At the moment I’m trying to convince a photographer friend of mine to give me a hand in making our own little video. Still figuring out the little things at the moment but hopefully we’ll get around to it.

Address Is Approximate

‘Address Is Approximate’ is a stop motion animation I found quite some time ago & I just love it! Director Tom Jenkins describes the story as “A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View.” Its so creative and incredibly well done. If you check out their Vimeo channel you will also find a pre-production video which is pretty cool!

Zero

This is my all time favourite stop motion animation! “Born into a world of numbers, an oppressed zero discovers that through determination, courage, and love, nothing can be truly something.”  This has won so many awards that I don’t think anybody is even counting any more. It has also been made available on YouTube with subtitles in over 20 different languages!

Welcome!

Welcome to fluffy lollipop.

Here you will find out what really goes on inside my head, it may not always be pretty but it will always be me! I am a 21 year old digital media nerd. I will be using this blog both to learn & to share my thoughts. I welcome comments (both good & bad) and will help anybody I can find their way.