Something I love doing is featuring other people’s work. Until now I’ve kept this tumblr restricted to my own creations, but in the future I’ll throw in some really cool projects by friends or compilations of works from artists I admire. Far from becoming an inspiration tumblr, these features will be far in between, mostly to spread some tumblr love around while I’m busy and haven’t had time to create any new artwork.
It’s a big wish of mine to be able to just work on my own projects. I’ve kept updating Retronator tumblr even when I don’t have time to make my own pixels and the site is growing nicely. Additionally, the pixel art tutorial on YouTube keeps on being watched and I’ve already prepared the next one (published only on Give it 100 for now) and it’s just waiting for me to pull myself together and release that on YouTube. Anyway, the point is, I have big plans for Retronator in the future so expect more work from me in that area.
The reason why I haven’t been pushing either pixels or paintings out of my head lately is that I’m super involved with gymnastics now. Soon after I moved to the US for my job at UC Berkeley I joined the Cal Gymnastics Club. I’ve practiced hard for the past year (also captured on Give it 100) and now I’m also taking part in club management. I updated the club webpage and yes, it’s a tumblr! If you care, check out CalGymnasticsClub
Another thing I’m thinking about lately is to go to grad school. I’ve finished my undergrad in Computer Science, but knew that getting a PhD in that field would suck the life out of me. I like combining a lot of things together into art projects, not specializing into a narrow field. However, my friends are applying to grad school and since I need an excuse (read: a visa) to remain in the US, I’m exploring the option of being a grad student again; but a PhD in Fine Arts (or maybe Education) instead. I’ve found some nice New Media/Digital Arts/Technology in Education programs that actually live on the intersection of computer programming and art practice, so I might have found something for me after all. Nothing is set in stone yet, but I’d like to keep my options open. The applications for Fall 2015 are due in December this year, so I’ll be applying to a couple schools in case grad school sounds like the best option for me come 2015.
I haven’t been doing illustrations at work-work in a long while. Last year ended with mostly just editing the computer security textbook and then some random user interface prototyping that I can’t really show.
Last month I was assigned on an open source project called PeerLibrary, an online, collaborative reader for research papers (and PDFs/publications in general). The post below describes the code & design that I’ve turned in recently.
This week, PeerLibrary has been working on the website’s library organization and designing and implementing user interfaces. With these organization tools, users will be able to bookmark papers on the site and organize them into collections. This way, to name a couple of examples, you can save a list of references on a topic you’re researching and share required reading material with a class.
We have also been developing user interfaces, for example the system for changing access permissions on publications, highlights and annotations.