Learning to fail

Last month I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd annual Failure Wake held by SFU’s “social innovation lab” known as Radius. I’ve become increasingly aware of  developments there through several projects I’ve worked on with some of the faculty at Beedie School of Business including visual summaries and animations.  I’ve been impressed by their “RADIcal ideas , Useful to Society.

Radius lined up a radical group of speakers for this event, in which they shared stories of their entrepreneurial failures and reflected on lessons learned from them, all of which I captured live with the following sketchnotes.

I found each of these speakers inspiring as they reminded me of the importance of taking risks, following your passion and believing in yourself. When all is said and done , your failures are only stepping stones to future success, and the more of them you can have the better! I think these sketch notes offer a glimpse into each of the speakers stories and what I took away. I’d be happy to hear if you have any reactions yourself.

I’m also taking this opportunity to work on my blog a bit and have invested in a new plugin for showing off my art called, ilightbox.  So far I love it though it seems it will take awhile to really exploit this to the fullest.

I’ll be looking to host most of my images on this domain from now on, but also have a backlog of pictures floating around on various social media sites that I feel need to be moved over at some point.


Whiteboard animation for International Development

A little bit about a recently completed whiteboard animation project using Videoscribe.

I recently wrapped production of a new whiteboard animation with collaborator, and illustrator extraordinaire Sarah Menard. The project we took on was a promotional piece for an academic work by prof. Martin Scott, working with David Girling from The School of International Development at UEA. Sarah and I are really getting into a groove producing these animations, and her style is a perfect fit for this medium.

A bit about our process. After we figured out  the concept with our client,  Sarah creates the finished artwork directly in Adobe illustrator using her drawing tablet. She is a master of <layers> and <paths> which is essential since  Videoscribe relies on the sequence of each one when doing the final rendering. Exporting the files in .SVG format, I can then import the artwortk on a scene by scene basis, and match it to our audio track. I like how the software allows to set the timing and camera  moves, and plan on exploiting that feature more in forthcoming projects.

I plan on writing up a bit more of our process in upcoming posts, specifically to tell the story of the development of our first project, but for now  will end and post this. Trying to get better at blogging this year, and actually posting instead of drafting all the time! Hope to see you soon. 8j