I've worked with Brad Daberko for years on various projects, and last year he came to me with the idea to bring his Dabby Dill character to life on a tablet. Three illustrators later, we produced a lovely website and iPad app. We also put together a game that runs on both the site as well as native iOS inside the app.
Client: Pickled Productions
Collaborators: Brad Daberko - Author Chopic - Illustration
Timeframe: December 2013
This app has all the tools you need to make the most of the 2013 Heartland Film Festival: find films by genre, browse screenings, buy tickets, and learn more about Heartland activities all year long. Tag your favorite films and add screenings to your schedule to keep track of your Heartland Film Festival itinerary.
Client: Heartland Film Festival
Collaborators: Aaron Deal, Graphic Design Bruce White, Executive Producer
Timeframe: September 2013
Keywords: entertainment /filmmaking
Icky Ricky is a book series by Michael Rex about the grossest kid on the face of the planet. When Random House approached me about this, I wasn't sure I would have time to squeeze it in. But then I saw the illustrations and knew I had to find a way to do this. The notes from the producer were hilarious, suitable for framing - stuff like "more farts" and "adjust booger texture."
Client: Random House
Timeframe: May 2013
Keywords: video /book /gross
After a year of discussions and a few false starts, the new bimedia.biz is based on a single edict: maintain the clean design and zesty animations of the existing site built in 2004 but build the thing entirely without Flash to maintain compatibility with mobile devices.
The end result sports all sorts of fancy new features and nerdy back-end functions including purpose-built plugins and lots of custom short-codes.
With all the samples of the company's video, audio and, yes, interactive projects, it's a thing of nerdy beauty.
Client: Bennett Innovations
Collaborators: Aaron Deal - layout
Timeframe: December 2012
For this promotional trailer for Jinx, a new book series by Sage Blackwood published by HarperCollins, the client asked for something that conveyed mystery, wonder and just a hint of danger and trepidation. The end result turned out rather lovely, I think. Not bad for only having the layered PSD of the cover art for source material. Sound design by the magically-coiffured musical genius Greg McGuirk.
Collaborators: Greg McGuirk (Bennett Innovations)
Timeframe: December 2012
Keywords: video /book
This iPhone/iPad universal app is an iOS take on the classic hidden pictures puzzle genre Highlights made famous decades ago.
When I was a kid in the 70's, I spent hours finding the screw driver hidden in the bark of a tree or the teacup disguised as a girl's sleeve. When they approached me in the spring of 2012, I could not say no.
The client already had a version of the app, but they wanted a complete rebuild of the concept in order to create something far more flexible and extensible. The finished product features in-app purchases, a comprehensive system for handling hundreds of existing puzzles, parental controls and a system for displaying marketing and other banners based on the user's region- and all of this presented in a variety of languages.
Client: Highlights For Children
Timeframe: November 2012
Keywords: education /entertainment
Another delightful popup book project for the fine folks at Crab Hill Press.
We got the band back together! Troy, Bill, Rachel and I had a wonderful time putting this new one together: a holiday-themed romp about what happens when you open your presents too early.
Client: Crab Hill Press
Collaborators: Bill Doyle: Author, Troy Cummings: Illustrator, Rachel Ericson: Producer
Timeframe: October 2012