Motion in the Ocean by Ryan Davidson

In my free time, I've started experimenting with motion graphics, simple animation, cinemagraphs, and looping gifs. I haven't really produced anything I'm too entirely proud of yet, but I decided I was just going to dive in head first. My landing page (the page you come to when you type in is just something I created using a pattern I built out in Illustrator, then brought into Photoshop to create a looping gif image.

I've also started to animate the application I built out for Southern Belly BBQ, walking users through the GUI and showing my intentions with the design. I'll be posting some snapshots of that on here and on dribbble in the coming weeks.

Aaron Draplin and The Collaborative Poster Project by Ryan Davidson

Recently, I participated in something called "The Collaborative Poster Project."

The project was a co-op between Aaron Draplin, the Adobe Creative Cloud, Mama's Sauce print shop, French Paper Company, and creatives using Adobe's Creative Cloud products. The project was a testament to the efficiency and opportunities that Adobe's products present us with.

Draplin himself, along side Adobe, gave Creative Cloud users the opportunity to collaborate on a poster design using our own hand drawn images, scanned with the Adobe Shape app, then sent off to Draplin to compile together on one big monster of a poster design.

The final piece can be found here, and more information regarding this project can be found here on the Adobe blog.

Managing Your Creative Self by Ryan Davidson


Sometimes you have to do things for yourself, just to keep your sanity.

Recently, I've started making time for myself, just to create things, through out the day. I've found that it clears my mind, helps me wind down a little, and overall, just makes me feel good. Of course, I don't push aside priorities and responsibilities to do this, but rather work it into my routine.

The Art of Writing It Down by Ryan Davidson


I've recently discovered the art of writing things down, pen to paper.

Whether it's wireframe sketches for a site, drawing out the layer order for a screen print, figuring out the dimensions of a packaging project, or simply just getting some ideas down on paper and making a to-do list, something about it feels right.

In a time where technology consumes our lives (and as I type this on my iPhone) physically writing things down has become less and less popular. Some may argue against it because phones and computers have numerous apps that can take your notes and sync them across all your devices. Ask me how many times the battery on my notebook and pen has died. Also, nothing feels better than physcially crossing something off a to-do list. 

Additionally, there's been a study done that proved that you better retain information after physically writing it down. Your brain helps your hand produce your thoughts onto paper and make the letterforms. There's more connection there than there is when you simply press a key on a keyboard. Hell, some people can even type without looking at the keyboard and screen. 

Thinking Outside the Box by Ryan Davidson

I've always been a creative person. It's has actually landed me in trouble occasionally.

When I was in the second grade, I was doing a homework assignment where one of the questions was about the water cycle, and it ended with "...draw a conclusion about..." I took that to mean literally draw a picture of what would happen for that particular scenario, so I drew out a very detailed and clear illustrated diagram (what would now probably be considered an infographic) of the water cycle. While my teacher commended my efforts and marked my answer right - because I did answer the question, just not with words - she sat me down to make sure I understood what that statement actually meant.

Being in second grade and the shy kid that I was, I just took it as a misunderstanding on my part and apologized for not following directions. Now that I look back on it I realize that maybe in terms of the directions I misunderstood, but there was more than one way to answer that question.

That's how a lot of life's problems are. There is more than one right answer to any given problem, it's just a matter of finding the best suited and most efficient solution. Designers find those solutions, clean them up, and make them presentable, marketable, and sellable to the public. When someone initially hears of a solution to a problem, they may think "oh that's crazy!" but once it's cleaned up and presented, it becomes an "oh of course that works!" moment.