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Small Business Hackathon Poster

Posted on August 6th, by Joseph Van Geffen in Design, Hackathon, Journal, Print. Comments Off on Small Business Hackathon Poster

In helping organize and run the Capital One Small Business hackathon this year, I had the honor of making the promotional poster. Three different business locations were invited, and each had their own identity and culture. Teams were encouraged to collaborate across locations with working prototypes addressing known customer paint points (or feature requests) as the goal.

Whale Shark!

Posted on January 13th, by Joseph Van Geffen in Journal, Video. Comments Off on Whale Shark!

Welcome Lila Van Geffen!

Posted on June 25th, by Joseph Van Geffen in Journal. Comments Off on Welcome Lila Van Geffen!

Let me officially welcome Lila Van Geffen to the world!

Baby on the way!

Posted on March 11th, by Joseph Van Geffen in Journal. Comments Off on Baby on the way!

A flyer I made for our upcoming babyshower!

The Makerbot Replicator 2

Posted on February 18th, by Joseph Van Geffen in Journal. Comments Off on The Makerbot Replicator 2

I spoiled myself and bought a MakerBot. The applications are limitless; but I’m still trying to think of them all.

Tattoo designs

Posted on February 11th, by Joseph Van Geffen in Design, Journal, Logos. Comments Off on Tattoo designs

Well, they say you should never get a tattoo of a person’s name. These wise empty canvas philosophers can go to hell! On the 3rd week anniversary of my daughter’s birth I got “Lila” tattoo’d on my forearm!

Obviously, I had to design it myself. It also had to match the only other tattoo I have on my other forearm.

The other tattoo is for a design shop I opened in the mid 90s. The amount of work from the word-of-mouth advertising I was getting was threatening to drown me. So I teamed up with John Hills, hired two designers, and got everyone to work. We set up agreements with multiple Advertising Agencies to do their web work. Outside that, we got a lot of interesting kiosk/touchscreen work. The tattoo is our design shop’s logo. The shop was called Element 23 since … Read More »

Weekend of unbiased rendering.

Posted on February 6th, by Joseph Van Geffen in Journal. Comments Off on Weekend of unbiased rendering.

I have done a lot of 3D work across a huge list of platforms and always enjoy those days where tweaking parameters and slaving renders out is your entire focus. This weekend I played with a bunch of new, mostly free, products!

I was initially trained on (And usually fall back on) Autodesk’s 3DSMax but I found this offer too good to ignore. Daz, in a push probably to get more people using it, released their flagship products for free! From there I had to export and try Blender’s renderer and new features.

I don’t know how long Daz will be offering their products for free, so I suggest grabbing them Now!.

The last time I ran DAZ it couldn’t compare to Poser (although their content did). Now, with Daz’s genesis models and morphs I believe it surpasses it. A large part … Read More »

The Brainstorming Process Is B.S. … ?

Posted on February 1st, by Joseph Van Geffen in Journal. Comments Off on The Brainstorming Process Is B.S. … ?

There is a great article named The Brainstorming Process Is B.S. But Can We Rework It?” over at Co.Design. It focuses, mainly, on group brainstorming – the whole team around a conference table. While this is less relevant on the modern day freelancer they intelligently explain a lot of issues I’ve seen in office brainstorming.

“Group’s don’t encourage creativity because of the social pressure they bring to bear.”

I personally think they are underestimating the value of an enthusiastic individual. Social pressure is not going to limit my input. However, my place among the team might – so once again it all goes back to the leader or moderator and how they handle the input. Finally, they don’t talk about efficiency. This is probably because it is in direct opposition to criticism – which is what they are recommending more of!

Regardless, it … Read More »

11-11-11 : I do!

Posted on February 1st, by Joseph Van Geffen in Journal. Comments Off on 11-11-11 : I do!

Photos from the Wedding
Luccckkkky. On November 11th, 2011 Louis Reilly married Joseph Van Geffen.

Wedding ‘Save The Date’ Painting

Posted on January 20th, by Joseph Van Geffen in Journal. Comments Off on Wedding ‘Save The Date’ Painting

My brother approached me to do a Save The Date Wedding Invite requesting a comic book theme. I was initially very worried about this project, as I am not an illustrator. However, I opted to paint the couple in an imaginary rescue scene and relied heavily on photoshop (and thousands of layers) to paint up the correct look and feel.

The most difficult part was their faces, as the source photo they gave me was too low resolution (And blurry!). I painstakingly added features and finally evolved into recognizable portraits.

John looks too French and Katie looks more stern than I would like. That being said, I am very happy with them and may retouch them further time allowing.