October 4, 20085 Comments

Melissa Etheridge Holiday CD Design

I was pretty excited for a few weeks at the beginning of the summer. I had an opportunity to do some comps for Melissa Etheridge's upcoming holiday release, A New Thought For Christmas (released 9/30/08). The theme was global peace and tolerance. I came up with an iconic solution, which I can't say I've seen before. A simple, graphic Christmas tree made out of peace signs. Melissa saw my comps and was thrilled to choose this one for the cover. I was psyched to think that I could add this to my collection of rocking holiday CDs!

About six weeks later, I got the unfortunate news from the Island Records representative that they decided to go with something else. C'est la vie.

While I admit their design is quite nice, I think my design would have looked way cooler featured in the iTunes music store. What do you think?

September 30, 2008No Comments

L Studio Beta

L Studio, the broadband entertainment community that I designed for Lexus, launched its beta last week. What is L Studio? Here's what Reuters news agency had to say...

"The carmaker is launching an Internet-only branded channel Tuesday (September 23) stocked with a full slate of original programing headlined by [Lisa] Kudrow [from Friends] in a shortform comedy series in which she plays a nutty shrink.

In an effort to keep the buzz going for the project, Lexus plans to recruit more celebrity contributors in the coming months. For now, the rest of L Studio is an eclectic mix of high-toned nonfiction programing that concerns everything from art to architecture to science. Some notable figures who are profiled on the site include the Doors' Ray Manzarek and designer Patricia Field.

Taken together, the connective thread between the programing mix and the Lexus brand, Blanchard said, is the theme of innovation. "We kind of look at ourselves as a broadband HBO," she said. "Being on broadband in and of itself is innovative for a lot of these artists."

I can't wait until it's finished, and everything is running smoothly. Lisa Kudrow's "Web Therapy" series is pretty damn funny! And so is Starlee and Arthur Review. Go check it out.

----- here's a positive review of the content.

----- here's an article from the Hollywood Reporter.

September 7, 2008No Comments

Creative Director, Speedshape

From the press release...

"Speedshape, Inc, with offices in Birmingham, MI and Venice, CA and providing services including CGI 3D/2d modeling, animation, virtual environments, VFX, motion, film, multimedia design, pre/post production, retouching, web design, digital asset management, distribution, closed captioning, and tagging has hired Nels Dielman as Sr. Creative Director."

Wow. That is a mouthful. Stay tuned for updates.

June 18, 20081 Comment

Lexus Innovation Site

Lexus vehicles have a well-deserved reputation for quality, dependability, and reliability. We needed to excite prospects by redefining the brand, so we introduced the concept of technological innovation inherent in each and every new Lexus vehicle.

While there are several ways to entice consumers to purchase a new vehicle, we had to identify attributes that would influence the user to choose a Lexus based on the features related to their world.

The new innovation section of Lexus.com uses a minimal, block world, with futuristic red toy cars in a fun and interactive demo environment to simplify the concept of some complex, innovative features.

What do you think about the Lexus Innovation Site?

If you have a very small monitor, please click here.

http://lexus.com/innovation

June 3, 20081 Comment

L Studio Preview

This image of two HTML emails I designed for L Studio was published as a teaser in the April 2008 issue of Lexus Magazine. So now I tease you in much the same way! L Studio is coming...

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And a little bit of my band Urban Family Dog as soundtrack: "Pelham" from 3-Finger Charlie.

May 19, 20081 Comment

Lexus Innovation Site Preview

A friend alerted me today that there is a promo for the upcoming Lexus Innovation Website on the Imaginary Forces homepage (where I snaked this video).

April 23, 20081 Comment

Lexus Innovation Expanding Banner

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In these stylized expanding banners for Lexus Innovation, you can attempt to park the car. Good luck with that! (nod, nod, wink, wink).

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Don't forget to mouseover to expand.

April 20, 2008No Comments

Lexus XM Navigation Banners

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A little while ago, I did some interactive expanding ad banners for XM Nav Traffic with live traffic updating on the latest Lexus vehicles. You might run into the ads on some car enthusiast sites, or you can check out the message board, leaderboard or skyscraper here. When the banner expands you can play with the sonar map to control the speed of travel. Some really cool randomizer programming makes the pretty shapes fly by. Fun stuff.

Wish I had XM Nav Traffic with live traffic updating on my car!

November 19, 20071 Comment

AFI Digifest – Players Demo

On Friday, Nov 9, Gabrielle Weinman (Interactive Creative Director, Team One) and I presented the AFI Players Project website and mobile application demo that I designed for the AFI Digifest at the Linnwood Dunn theater in Hollywood. The entire crowd went "Oooooh" when we opened the video cloud module (upper right hand corner).

This project was a collaboration between Team One, AFI, MTV, Sony, GoTV, Mekanism and several other smaller companies. Our objective: to come up with a digital delivery vehicle for the new Players documentary about video gamers. Now that the project has gone public, I can finally post something to this blog! In my portfolio player, there are some larger screenshots of the application as it was presented for the festival.

There is also a huge video of the demo with commentary.

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