December 5, 2010

final project: ZomShot

Filed under: Mobile Me(dia),Portfolio — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 4:29 pm

So, for my final project, I did indeed create a zombie photo application for Android (developed natively). A user clicks on the ZomShot icon (pictured on the left) and an instance of the Android camera opens. He/she takes a photo and clicks ok and is taken to the first screen in my app where there are four buttons to choose from: decay, goo, blob, and mud. Selecting one of these options applies a filter to the image which is displayed on the second screen. Here the user can either use the back button to choose a different filter, click the save button to save the zombified image, or click the camera button to take another picture. (more…)

April 2, 2010

FM Radio Stations’ Service in the Contiguous United States

This assignment started with a map/processing sketch created by Nick and his fellow NYT R&D lab chum, Mike. It starts with an image of a map and then plots latitude and longitude points over top. Our assignment was to do something with this and a different data set.

So, the title of my version says it all… Except, of course, it doesn’t touch on the saga of how I got to this final version. I started out with a giant dataset from the FCC that includes the latitude and longitude for all the FM radio towers in the US and then includes 360 pairs of coordinates for the service contours for each station. (Basically, the coordinates draw a circle around each broadcast point.) This file was about 300mb+ in size. So, I decided the best thing to do would be to write a processing sketch to parse the data and just pull out the info I needed. I limited the contour to just the station lat/long and the lat/long of the N contour. (since the map of the US I am using is so small, it really made no sense to go for the contour–where a circle would work as well.) So, I did that and got a nice tidy smaller data set and created a map. And while I was working on the sketch, I just used the first 1000 lines of data– which made a really lovely map. Then, of course, when I tried to use the full dataset, it was a mess. 30,000 lines of data does not look pretty all at once.

March 30, 2010

A Call for Help

Filed under: Giant Stories/ Tiny Screens,My Favorites,Portfolio — Tags: , , , — *aly* @ 11:09 pm

The title of this assignment is “Remix.” And so, remix I did. I used footage from (really one of my favorite web sites) and mashed-up a few public service announcements from the 40s with Night of the Living Dead.

So very very much fun to do! In fact, I feel like I might have a knack for this kind of nonsense and will probably make some more things like it. (Zombies!!)

A Call for Help from Aly Wolff-Mills on Vimeo.

March 22, 2010

aly’s eyes (in the style of the feltron report)

For this assignment, I made an info graphic about data I collected during the previous weeks– all about my eyes. The inspiration for this infographic is the amazing work of Nicholas Felton (who was a super guest lecturer, by the bye. Completely, utterly obsessive in a fabulous way which is evident in his feltron report series. When I asked him what he has planned for the 10th year of this, he has a book in mind. What an awesome body of design work! I really admire his aesthetic.)

Here’s the PDF of 7 Days through Aly’s Eyes.

February 26, 2010

6 days with Peiyu

For the first half of this assignment, we were tasked with keeping track of every place that we go for a week. To make this a little easier, Nick suggested we use the mobile phone app called foursquare. So, I set up an account and checked in for a week. Of course, I managed to forget to check myself in home when I got home (so I think the data looks like I stayed out very very late all week long).

So, onto the second part of the assignment. In class, we emailed links of the rss data to the person sitting on our right and have to create a map-based info graphic about his/her week. So, I got data from Peiyu Liu and decided to mimic his design style in the graphic that I created. He has a really lovely and distinct design sense, so it was pretty easy to make something that looks like his work. (Of course, I checked out his blog to get ideas from his first info graphic… and from the blog itself)

And so, here’s a link to the pdf of my info graphic mapping of his week.

February 9, 2010

alice in soundland

Filed under: Giant Stories/ Tiny Screens,My Favorites,Portfolio — Tags: , — *aly* @ 11:45 pm

This assignment is all about sound– we were all given the same 2:17 soundtrack and had to create a video to go with it. So as not to lose my After Effects skills, I decided to animate this one. And… since the soundtrack is a bit eclectic, I decided to revisit the Tenniel Alice Illustrations.

Amazing what can be accomplished in less than a week!

Alice from Aly Wolff-Mills on Vimeo.

January 31, 2010

The Panic on McGuinness Blvd.

Filed under: Giant Stories/ Tiny Screens,Portfolio — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 3:04 pm

The assignment for GSTS was to see how short we could make a video that still tells a story in three acts… mine is 27 seconds including the opening and ending credits. And this one stars Leon and Dione.

I shot this using my Fujifilm finepix f40fd and edited in Final Cut with a little bit of animation in After Effects. (Felt like the credits needed a little shake to match the rest of it)

The Panic on McGuinness Boulevard from Aly Wolff-Mills on Vimeo.

January 25, 2010

updated madlib

Filed under: Flash of Flash,My Favorites,Portfolio — Tags: , — *aly* @ 10:34 pm

So, amazingly enough, I updated the madlib I made back in April. This is mostly amazing because I haven’t touched AS3 since then… but actually the code part was easy. The tricky part was about 20 min of unnecessary debugging because I forgot about how the flashplayer project preview window has its own keyboard shortcuts that when not disabled interfere with any events assigned to the enter key in the .as file. doh. Anyway, now the madlib can be replayed and there are a variety of stories that are picked at random. It’s much better!

December 14, 2009

The Rooster and the Rollerskate

Filed under: Frame by Frame,My Favorites,Portfolio — Tags: , — *aly* @ 10:33 pm

fridge_roosterHere’s my final animation for my Frame by Frame class. It’s about a rooster with no feet inspired by a page from a coloring book that has been on my fridge for the past two years (see the photo to the left). I needed to tell his story.

So I drew the rooster in Illustrator and animated him using After Effects (which was lots of fun) and went crazy editing sound effects too. I read a bunch of Aesop’s fables to get me in the right mindset and really, this moral is based on the story of the chicken and the jewel.

The Rooster and the Rollerskate from Aly Wolff-Mills on Vimeo.

December 10, 2009

Doomblog or Splatterblog

Filed under: My Favorites,Portfolio,Visual Communications — Tags: , — *aly* @ 6:02 pm

For my final project of my Visual Communications class, I reskinned this fab pink and skully blog of doom. CSS is magic and to see it work, I’ve added a link to the bottom of the page now you can click for “more inky, less pink” or “more skulls, more pink.”


Clicky! More inky, less pink.
More skulls, more pink.

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