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Spotify Mini. Because I Just Want To See The Muzaks

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I was looking at a lot of UI design on Dribbble today, and it occured to me that UI design must be one of the hardest categories of graphic design to be skilled in, because it truly is where information design and aesthetic are forced to bridge — nay — zip-line the gap between them. If someone had screwed up on the design of every damn interface of the Macbook I’m using right now, no doubt it would destroy a lot of the intrinsically exciting and slick mythos that Apple has created around it’s products. As it is, I understand that Jobs disliked the menu bar and it’s increased “clutter”. I don’t personally mind it. But in the greater scheme of Apple’s love of minimalism, his attitude makes sense. Even still, I must contend with the stupid leather skin covered iCal — but only because I’m too lazy to theme it with a skin someone else made that looks better and less chintzy.

To digress, I use Spotify a lot — it’s sort of the motor fuel to my designing sessions, and probably a larger distracted than Facebook at times. I’ve gone through quite a few online music streaming applications and it’s the one I love best so far, though it is synced up with my first love, Last.FM. I remember when I first used the Last.FM app and liking how light and unobtrusive it was. If you wanted it big, you could hit up the website. But for some desktop action, all you needed was the medium sized application, which was more than hi-def enough to display album art, biographies and such. And it looked great. Still does (last I checked anyway :P…) Spotify’s desktop app looks nice, but I’ve always felt it’s a bit bulky and unnecessarily shows you almost absolutely eeeverything. And it’s so biiig. Yeah, I can minimize it, but then all the windows get squished together and it looks weird. And also, the mini album cover window just doesn’t do it for me. I want to see my favorite album art BIG. And also, I don’t always need to know who’s updating their playlists, even if I do enjoy stalking my friends musical choices. Sometimes, I just don’t give a shit. With this project, I wanted to trim the fat off of the app.

With the Last.FM app and Spotify’s smaller imbedable widgets in mind, I cobbled together something that I think I personally would like to see coming out of Spotify’s design lab. It’s pretty simple–not a drastic re-design at all. A medium sized Spotify player featuring a retractible main window that highlights the important stuff — who you’re listening to; album art, navigation, playlists, and a retractible sidebar that also gives you easy access to the juicy extras — your friends & followers and the streaming timeline of info. Essentially, I like things that have lots of retractible windows. 😛

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Note the Kimbra album that you should be listening to…*ahem*

I’m not a UI designer, so I won’t pretend that this is perfect at all. It’s goofy and quick (2 1/2 hours is quick, right?) and mainly for fun. But I do think something along it’s line would be a nice addition to Spotify’s range of applications. Get on it Spotify! If you don’t, though, I’ll love you anyway. 😀

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Desk Notes from a Fangirl: Part II

I almost forgot to share my final Kimbra gig poster from the DKNG project! Two, actually. Because I’m bad at choosing just one of things and I enjoy doing alts.

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Fun!

Aaaand, my “Triumphant” rockstar from yesterday is still in progress! I gave him a new hairdo because the mullet-thing wasn’t workin’ out.

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I’m moving my rough work over to my Facebook page to keep things a bit neater over here, and allow for more discussion and meet & greet. This blog will stay pretty babble-y though, because, blogs are better, yo.  Hop over to my Facebook page to get both sides of the picture though!

So non-design related (at least for now) I just saw Hunger Games. It was okay — lots of fun and such. I can’t quite be a fangirl about it because, frankly, I’m all about the Tarantino blood-fest stuff. But in some parts it was a very touching and poignant film. However Winter’s Bone was the flick that created a Jennifer Lawrence fan out of me. I didn’t really get all the hoopla at first, and was determined actually to not be a fan because people kept going on about her. But after seeing Winters Bone, and even her role in X-Men: First Class, which was first class, I decided that she was actually rather likable as a character and an actress, and therefor, not so bad after all. And you don’t get a good picture of  a person until you stalk them via YouTube and watch all their behind the scenes stuff, which I may have done/be doing. I really like actor-types who present themselves as relatable people, not just as robots with an obvious celebrity persona who have to *deal* with their public in a respectable way and such. Those people remind me of crappy customer service reps or social workers, who are clearly there to be the face of a company, collect a paycheck and go home. They grin in your face, but they could care less. I like goofballs, people with personality and character that they don’t hold back. People who don’t bullshit and who also don’t give too much of a shit. Rockstars!

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Kimbra, In Color

Remember that sketch I did yesterday? All done! All digital. Vector paths and some creative Photoshop brush wielding.

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Guess Who!

Kimbra for the umpteenth time! I’m not sure exactly why, but she’s a very creatively inspirational sort of person. I kind of think all creative people need to have at least one muse who is him/herself a creative person. Designer-types seem to often gravitate towards artistically stalking either movie/tv stars or musicians. Which makes sense as those people tend to utilize the talents of designers anyway to promote themselves and their work. So in the end, designers’ obsessions are for a greater good.

That’s how I justify it anyway. 😀 This is the sketch I did about two hours ago…

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And now I’m starting to ink it…

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I think the figure drawing bits of my drawing studio class are working! Figures aren’t so frustrating anymore. Now I can eke out a form and tack a head on. Features are still hard though. But I’ll do my best to give Kimbra a face this time.

See ya tomorrow!

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An Electrorock Star & The Captain of the Prometheus

Just because.

My two favorite people who live inside my TV and/or computer. Luther is frickin’ awesome, by the way, go watch it.

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Soon…yes…soon…

Lots of new things coming along, slowly but surely. New writing, new artwork…and maybe even some prints for sale, eh? DKNG’s Skillshare event is wrapping up and so am I. This was fun. Until the next band! Or Kimbra’s next album. Hurry up, Kimbra.

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