Ben Barry

Ben Barry

Nonlinear Joined over 6 years ago via an invitation from Thierry B. Ben has invited Bryan Maniotakis

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  • Posted to How do you create effects like this?, Jan 13, 2017

    +1 Processing

    Also, the Illustrator blend method already mentioned with the addition of the warp tool can be useful. Example: http://file.nnlnr.co/2X441B142a2g

    15 points
  • Posted to FontExplorer X Pro alternative, Jan 11, 2017

    I too have been searching for a replacement for FontExplorer. I'm curious to try some of the options mentioned here. The feature I want most is the ability to curate the the font list at an operating system level. For example I want to only see fonts I've selected—and none of the system installed fonts—in the dropdown menu of Illustrator. Illustrator—like Indesign before it—has finally added the ability to do this, but it's application specific. I want to be able to do it globally throughout the OS. Anyone know of any solutions that do this?

    0 points
  • Posted to Design club ideas?, Jan 04, 2017

    I helped restart my universities dormant design club when I was in school (~10 years ago), so I have given this subject a fair amount of thought. Hopefully some of it will be useful.

    Previously the club had been modeled on professional organizations like the AIGA, with monthly meetings and alumni speakers. They would also do once a semester events like a potluck in the park.

    Our design program was intense, and a lot of students also had part-time jobs or internships. Because of this, when we restarted the club there were a few key changes that we made to try and be as accommodating to busy schedules as possible.

    First we setup an online message board—this is likely moot now with social media, but Facebook, Twitter, and Slack didn't exist in the same way back then. Facilitating communication amongst students outside the classroom helped encourage collaboration and resource sharing. I wasn't sure students at my school would use it, but they really took to it. It became a pretty active discussion and critique.

    Second we recognized that highly structured monthly meetings were too infrequent and serious. We started what we called "creative lunch" at a bar / burger joint just off campus every Friday afternoon. This frequency worked well because if you couldn't attend one week you didn't suddenly feel disconnected from the organization.

    Third, our design program had a rigorous entry and midpoint review process. In the entry review for the program professors could not offer advanced feedback for students so as to be unbiased. As students though, we could, so our group organized critiques for the reviews to help incoming design students have a better idea how to be prepared and get accepted in to the program.

    Fourth, we still did isolated events from time to time, like the potluck. Or one time we loaded scanners in our laptops and spent an afternoon scanning weird ephemera in the library and sharing with everyone in the group.

    Volunteering your design skills is an admirable goal, but there are many opportunities to get practical experience. In my opinion the most valuable thing a student organization can do is help people establish and build strong relationships with other students. I think it is especially important to connect people at all levels of a program. It's easy to get to know the people you are in class with every day, but harder to meet people a year above or below you. Ten years on, these connections and friendships with people are the most valuable thing for me. I've gotten job opportunities, hired people, slept on peoples couches, etc... all because of friendships I made because of our club.

    The best advice I got when restarting my schools club was to just give people a time and place to show up and they will. People just need the space and permission to behave a certain way. As designers, creating these conditions is central to everything we do.

    Best of luck.

    Here are some links showing the stuff we did:

    4 points
  • Posted to Apple’s latest Siri feature: Search, Drag, Steal, Jun 15, 2016

    It's not just photography, this is also a big issue for illustration. I agree that it's troubling for the interface to normalize this behavior.

    3 points
  • Posted to Prrrints - high quality typography prints and posters, Jul 03, 2015

    Is this a joke? These are poorly designed, and digitally printed on an ink jet printer. Nothing high quality about it.

    4 points
  • Posted to Facebook's new logo, Jul 01, 2015

    I didn't have anything to do with this new version, or any of Facebook's identity work for the past 2+ years. My proposal was made in April 2013. It was approved, but then never implemented after my departure.

    15 points
  • Posted to Show DN: Facebook's Little Red Book, in reply to Brennan Smith , May 20, 2015

    Such negativity. Also, http://smartquotesforsmartpeople.com/

    5 points
  • Posted to Show DN: An in-depth look at redesigning Facebook's Visual Identity, May 14, 2015

    @Peter, launched the new site earlier this year. Still a work in progress, lots I want to add yet—both work and feature wise.

    4 points
  • Posted to Particular Intent, May 06, 2015

    My new online shop selling various posters and books I've designed over the years.

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