Website: Confidential Acquisition Corporation

Sometimes I get the opportunity to work on a project that remains confidential for various reasons. Maybe the client is desiring a private label product or some other special business situation. I was recently approached by a company to help them with the design of a Microsoft PowerPoint “pitch deck” that could be used to secure financing. They described it as a printable presentation deck that could be handed out during pitch meetings with potential investors. They also needed a logo and some other corporate identity bits and pieces that I designed in Adobe Illustrator. In the following screenshots, I’ve removed the real content and replaced the logo with a generic one since the project will remain confidential.

Website Home Page Design
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Kodak Brownie Film Photographs

After about a 7-day wait, I got a text notification on my phone at 3:30 am that my Kodak Brownie camera photos were ready to be downloaded! I was so excited that I got up and took a look at them. They turned out great! As I had predicted, they have a unique retrofuturistic feel. It’s like an old timey photo of a scene from the future. I absolutely love it. I’m amazed that a simple box camera made in 1950 can still take photos this good. Everything seems to be in perfect working order.

I’ve been experimenting with some of the new Neural Filters available in the latest version of Adobe Photoshop (I’m using release 22.3.0). This seemed like the perfect opportunity to try out the beta “Colorize” filter. I used the default color settings and then dialed down the opacity of the layer to about 75% for a subtle hand-tinted effect. The results are unpredictable and artistic.

Mandalas in Adobe Illustrator

I’m finally getting serious about learning how to use Adobe Illustrator properly. I’ve been using it off and on for years, but never really spent the time to get good at it since it’s so vast. I’ve been watching some videos on drawing mandalas, so I decided to see if I could create one with vector shapes. It was a fun and relaxing way to spend a couple hours. Also, I feel a lot more comfortable in Illustrator now. I added some color gradients with Photoshop.

Fun with Geometry

I’ve been having fun with geometry tonight. I’ve learned how to draw five different “platonic solids” from the Flower of Life (the circle pattern in the background). I made this set in Photoshop, but the originals were done by hand using a compass and ruler. If I had to do it over again, I’d opt for Adobe Illustrator.

Five Platonic solids: hexahedron, tetrahedron, octahedron, icosahedron, and dodecahedron

Social Share Images for Websites

I’ve been having fun designing some “social share” images for websites that I’ve recently worked on. You don’t normally see these images until someone shares a link to the website in one of their posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. It’s always a nice surprise when they pop up on my Facebook timeline.

Abstract Twirl Photos

I’ve been seeing various abstract distorted photos on social media lately. I decided to give it a try. They start out as regular photographs. Then several Photoshop filters are applied and they end up looking like colorful, abstract paintings.