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Since I graduated school and started working, a lot of what I do has shifted from being a designer to a developer. Since I’m 90% sure this is where I am taking my career I’ve started to learn more-and-more code as the weeks of 2011 progress. Starting with Flash/ActionScript 3.0 where I’ve been perfecting such ground breaking code as stop() and goToAndPlay(), and now have completed my first working Flash page! (applause)

HTML5 Badge

Along with the spirit of learning new things I’ve made it my goal to learn everything there is to know about HTML5 before it is recommended by the WC3 so according to ishtml5readyyet.com I have until my 33rd birthday to fully learn everything that HTML5 has to offer. Thanks to Lynda.com and some down time at work I’m able to get a jump start on HTMl5 and soon CSS3.

Anyone reading this have any experience with coding HTML5? I had done a bit of it when I was in school but since it doesn’t work with Internet Explorer at all we haven’t focused too much.

So it has been 309 days since my last blog post, I’m not sure why I stopped but it could have had something to do with the fact it was no longer mandatory for my class. A lot has happened in the last 309 days so I’ll recap a bit of it (Sorry that this one is more personal than nonsensical, the rest will be filled with more things about bears and clothes).

I graduated from Interactive Multimedia Development at Algonquin College. Between my last blog post and my graduation I was placed at Wunderman Toronto as a Junior Digital Art Director and had an amazing time working there, thanks to Helen Prokos for being such a great mentor.

After a brief stint of unemployement (where I should have been posting on my blog) I got a job in my hometown of Burlington, Ontario working as a Brand Developer for a studio named Incipit where I work on web related things.

In November of last year I finally upgraded my system and now I have a 27″ iMac + my 21″ LG monitor but even after months of having it I haven’t installed any of my design software!

*Yes that is World of Warcraft, but I don’t play anymore.

Anyway, I’m going to try and keep my blog up to date more since other than work I don’t do much these days.

(I don’t know who I’m talking to, I don’t think anyone is still subscribed. Maybe I should post another picture of Amanda Bynes in Maxim like I did months ago)

So next week marks the final week of my term at school and this term is the last of my program so after next Friday I will be free from post-secondary education. This also means I have to find a job and start being an.. adult i guess. Since it is time to find a job I had to finish my CV and my portfolio which surprisingly I’ve done. I’ve had the ownership of http://www.danmorton.ca for a while but it’s sort of just been floating there in cyber space so now is the time to fill it up. There are a few examples of work there now and they’ll be updated soon. Also since I’ve been trying to get all this stuff up and running I haven’t been faithful to ol’ wordpress but don’t worry, I’m going to try and stay more active with my blog.

A good friend of mine, Brandon Brule, recently submitted a great video to Doritos’ Viralocity campaign titled¬†He Wasn’t Always Bad starring his dog, Petrie.

logo for Flash in the Can

So last year I attended FITC 2009 in Toronto, Ontario and it was a great experience. My only regret was not having my laptop handy so a lot of inspiration went to waste. Being able to walk through the basement of the Hilton right downtown and see all the booths set up for schools, and companies, and numerous emerging stock image companies was a great experience, especially all the swag that we got. Beating my fellow students at guitar hero in the games room and sitting in on seminars given by some of my teachers was a different experience than sitting in on a lecture at school.

I highly recommend if you can find your way to Toronto between April 25th to 27th that you buy your ticket and check it out. Especially if you’re a recent grad or designer looking for work with their free “Get a Job” event held on Saturday, April 24th between 12 and 5pm where there are companies from all over who set up booths and you can go annoy them with your resumes and business cards.

You can check out who will be speaking at the conference at the FITC website here.

Hopefully I’ll get a chance to see everyone there!

Ever since I started getting into design I have always been intrigued by typography, but more recently I’ve been really looking into typefaces.¬† Subscribing to design sites on my Google reader such as Abduzeedo, Webdesigner Depot and Smashing Magazine where on a daily basis I get to see the buzz on typography, design and insight into the industry is really increasing my love for typography.

In 2007 Gary Hustwit released the documentary titled simply ‘Helvetica‘ and it goes in depth into the history of the font and shows how often you see the font without really noticing. I highly recommend that people who are interested in design to check it out.

Helvetica in Helvetica

In August of 2009 I picked up a book entitled Typeface: Classic Typography for Contemporary Design and I use it almost every week when I’m in need of inspiration for type in my design. If you’ve got a few bucks to spend or you’re looking for a good book on typography I recommend checking this out.

I started research for working in a retro style for a project I’m going to be directing so to test out some colour schemes I’ve decided to do a test image based around the word “SENSES” which is the theme of our project. I’ve had a lot of fun trying to work in a retro style so I’m looking forward to this project for the rest of the semester.

senses, retro, 80s, typeface
My main source of inspiration for this test piece was from a fellow classmate, as well as the DVNO video by Justice.

So last summer myself and a good friend of mine, Mark Butterworth, started talking about doing some design work to start potentially releasing some articles of clothing. We have similar taste in clothes and some pretty good ideas (in our opinions) but time constraints seems to have won for the mean time but I’m not giving up yet, and neither is mark. Hopefully before this summer we have some solid designs done and some stuff sent off to the printer.

Just a quick preview of what I’ve been working on, it’s called “The Clock”. The full logo that refuses to upload itself will be up soon, it’s similar to the logo up top on my blog.

hw logo on a clock face

Soon myself, and Mark will be posting some full works for Halfwits, and perhaps just a few side projects we’d like to share with the internet.

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