Archive for the ‘concepts’ Category

Day 1 of flow

July 26th, 2012

Day 1 of my goal of installing a new habit of Thinking Writing and Drawing every day.

Here’s the first sketch:


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Sight Unseen

July 17th, 2012

Another sketch while listening to Johann Johannsson. Piece started out in Adobe Ideas for the line work, then painted and manipulated layers in Procreate, and finally added painterly details in ArtRage. All of these recent drawings are really about me getting comfortable with using the iPad as my sole drawing tool…and well, so far, so good. :)



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July 16th, 2012

Another image started with Adobe Ideas for the line work, Procreate for the texture manipulation and layering, and ArtRage for the final painterly touches. All composed on the iPad @ various time throughout the day. Really loving this device and the freedom it is offering me. :)


original drawing with Ideas and Procreate work


final tweak with ArtRage layers and effects

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Inspired by the track Chimaerica by Johann Johannsson on the album Fordlandia

July 16th, 2012

A Taste For The Moment

She sat for a moment and tried to capture the sense of stillness around her. The timid nature of the moment was hard to grasp, it flowed past her senses like a quickening of ether lighting the mind. There was the passage of time like a breath being taken in for the first time, there was emotion ebbing and flowing like swelling shadows in the night, there was light filling the void with all it’s brilliance. And there. In between it all was her. The body. The mind. The single thought chasing it all. A momentary glimpse into her own infinite nature. Then it was gone.
“Miss. Would you like some more coffee?” the waiter asked
“…No I’m fine. Thank you. I’ll take the check please,” she replied, struggling to bridge the gap between the here and the now.

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April 22nd, 2011

So recently I’ve gotten in to the Personal Kanban way of doing things and have decided to softly implement it for my day to day work. I’ve looked for a digital solution which was secure, and while there are a bunch of great tools out there, ultimately they all live in the cloud, and well, being in an Enterprise environment, I can’t use their solutions. So, I decided to go ahead and put together a solution using Numbers. The reason for this is that I am able to maintain a Backlog and a Kanban board in a single Project File. While it isn’t as sexy as an always on and collaborative ready tool, it does the job. Anyway, here are a couple of screen shots of the Kanban, and you can also download the Numbers file if you want to check it out.

Download: Numbers-Kanban

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Echo Opera sketch

March 10th, 2011

Just getting back into sketching after a few months of living. A mix of Sketchbook Pro, Photoshop, Art rage and Flare for effects.

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Well, still at it.

February 9th, 2011

I spent a few weeks on my hand made journals and my custom little task sheets, but I felt like something was missing. So I did what any good GTD obsessed nerd does, I did more research. I search high and low for a nice little system I could call my own and carry with me everywhere. A good resource I found was on DIYPlanner. It was here that I read about the innovative Rollabind Paper system. The videos looked really cool. I then learned that there was another company who adopted their technology called the Levenger Circa Notebooks. And this ultimately led to another company, Myndology, who did pretty much the same thing, with a little variation in their paper and punches. Anyway, in the end I just happened upon a forum posting that talked about these Rollabind, Circa, Myndology type books from Staples which came out in late December of 2010. I thought, cool, I can go check them out. I swung by one day after work and picked up a couple journals, and I instantly fell in love. I saw in my hand the realization of what I wanted to achieve on paper+GTD: fluid, flexible and a highly customizable note and task organizing system. I mocked up my preferred layout, bought a Levenger Circa punch and went to town.

Here is a snapshot of the current spread in the Staples ARC book (you can see that I am still fleshing out the Task Sheet concept-can’t decide if it’s a quarter sheet or a card type of system):
Well, that’s the story so far. Here’s a link to the Arc Staples Notebooks. Grab one and enjoy. :)

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The final ultraportable system

January 27th, 2011

Just wanted to post a snapshot of the final system:
. Zebra Telescopic Pen
. Handmade carrying case (enough for 7 mini notes)
Been using it a few times today, and I am pleasantly surprised and happy with the setup.

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January 26th, 2011

And it’s done. Now just to finalize the overall template and test out different paper and weights.

I love quick turn around projects. :)

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Mini Notes+GTD

January 26th, 2011
I am a big believer in the whole GTD process and concept, and have been looking for a sensible way to achieve the state of ‘flow’ in a paper system. I’d given the ActionMethod stuff a try and while I like it a lot, there are a few things I’d like to see added to the overall system. So what I ended up doing was creating my own flavor of a GTD paper system which satisfies the following goals:
. Keep it small and portable
. Make it cool and fun to use
. Make it easy to get into a digital archive
. Allow me to assign Projects, Tags, and Due Dates
. Make it customizable
. Have it look slick so I want to keep using it
My first foray into the system was to basically mimic the ActionMethod layout and create my own Cahier styled books. While this was a fun project, it became quite time consuming rather quickly.
Next, after looking @ theĀ Evernote Blog, I saw a flash of a ‘good idea’ presented to me. Someone on the Video Blog asked about the Evernote Leather notebooks, and when I saw Andrew unfold the paper that was inserted in the beautiful carrier, I knew I had to try applying my paper system exploration to this format.
To make a long story short, below you can see my two snapshots of the paper prototype system working. I have some additional thoughts around improving it, and will no doubt refine this once I bring it into Illustrator to lay down the template for the note. Look for a downloadable .PDF in the near future.

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