AGENCY.COM - Production Artist, Designer, Art DirectorNew York, September 1995 - December 1998
My first digital and interactive design position in New York. I started as an intern after passing an test proving my knowledge of HTML which I studied the night before. This was the period when Netscape reigned as the web browser and .gif was the only animated format. Flash —introduced as Splash —started its history. Most of the projects have disappeared or have been lost, the examples are what I could recover.
- MetLife: designed with the Peanuts® characters; animations had to be approved by Schultz and United Feature Syndicate. I was the Art Director of Record within Agency.com for MetLife's online marketing.
- Virtual Places
- Sun Microsystems
- American Express
And some of those animations...
A MetLife® Annuity
This is my first Flash animation produced in 1997.
CAUTION: I do not have the original file to adjust the volume object; you may want to turn down your volume.
Client Presentation Illustrations
A bi-monthly e-zine featuring original articles and artwork for food, art, music, travel, sex, and fiction; no longer in production.
This was the late 1990's; a 640x480 monitor screen size and resolution was very common.
With this story, videos were accessed with animated-rollover buttons remarking the number clips of a film. The left side presented a platform-appropriate movie format (.qt for Apple, .wmv for Windows), and the right would display a clip image or story.
Sex-Health Article : Mouthing
A story revealing the intimate gesture of love after death. The story by Gayle Brandeis and illustrations and layout by me. Background images within table cells was a relatively new browser implementation. The story was also accessible by live text.
Food Article : Tapas Barcelona
Urban Desires provided the designers and production artists a platform to experiment with navigation, design, programming, and interface developments. Each person had to design and produce their own article. It was not a situation where a designer made the look and templates and passed off the bitmaps to a developer; that one person had to create the design and produce the article. In this case, I experimented with Netscape's frames as a navigation element between the two languages and within the article itself.
Travel Article : Snaking Down the Amazon
Further exploration using frames to progress the story across the screen.
Art Article : God Spelled Backwards
My early exploration with navigation and image mapping.
Art Article : Out of Nowhere
The interactive piece played with two sides of a film roll (a gelatin plastic film with a light-sensitive silver compound used to capture moments of time). The dark background presents the article accessed by the brown button labeled STORY, and the white background reveals the image gallery.