I now mostly post over here: blog.greer-inc.com

I'm a Digital Designer, Art Director and Developer. I'm into photography, interactive design, the web, advertising and art.

Canvas Tag

Posted: March 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: General | Comments Off

I’ve been playing around with javascript and the canvas tag a bit recently.  It all seems pretty awesome, but I think the trick will be in finding novel ways to combine the tag with conventional DOM elements.  It seems like it would be all too easy to fall into the trap of building entire sites with the tag, which would suffer from a lot of the problems flash only sites (used to?) have.

Here are my first tests (playing with 2d vectors and the canvas):

  1. Swirly mouse follow
  2. Click and drag
  3. Seeds dropped on a random path

(and the vector explosion on a path – http://greer-inc.com/ )

Like flash, I’m sure this will be great for games and added extras on sites.  It feels like there should be other uses too, which I’m keen to discover.  I’m currently looking into writing js apps which write info to the DOM, and draw pretty lines to the canvas.  Combining the too has been a little harder than I’d hoped so far though.  I’m not sure where best to draw the line between using the canvas and using HTML.  Should a data visualisation be entirely within the canvas, for example, or should the labels be traditional elements.  Does it matter?

Looking forward to getting into this more.  Next is building small interactive pieces which have some physics in them.  I’m hoping they might form part of a playful navigation for a portfolio site.


Posted: October 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: General | Comments Off

A flamingo, which we saw.  Or did we? (Hint: yes).

Dance steps.

Posted: September 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: General | Comments Off

My attempts at swing dancing with Helen.  Clumsy monster feet.

Five Seconds of This Evening.

Posted: July 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: General | Comments Off

A (very) short segment of timelapse animation as the sun sets in Vancouver. A diptych of two angles shot from the same vantage point.

AS3 SharedObject

Posted: May 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: General | Comments Off

Looking into whether the flash player can set and retrieve cookies, I stumbled upon the ‘SharedObject’ – it’s like a cookie, but the flash player stores the information locally (and not in with the browser cookies). If you’re looking to set real cookies, try here. The shared object seems handy for a lot of things though, and it’s really simple to use:

I put together a test to see how it worked:

Enter text, click set, then refresh the page.  The content set into the shared object will persist.  Which could be handy for a bunch of things, no? Seems like storing the current state of a web app is a must in case the user accidently closes the tab or navigates away.

Source files for the example here: sharedObject.

San Francisco

Posted: May 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: photography | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Just back from a sunny few days in San Francisco, and have uploaded some photos of the city. There were more fisheye shots than I would have liked in my selection, but I am hugely impressed with the fisheye-hemi plugin for photoshop, which corrects the verticals in the image beautifully. It seems to have saved a lot of them from looking over the top, whilst preserving most of the 180° field of view.

Nikon D300s, Nikkor lenses: 10.5mm, 50mm and 18-70mm.
View the set (including full sized images) on flickr.


Posted: April 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: video | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

The 5×5 is an odd little thing that seems to have grown up on Vimeo in the last year or so. Five unrelated clips of five seconds, stuck back to back. It seems like a nice way to show clips which lack substantive content without giving the viewer too much time to tire of any one subject.

So, here’s a 5×5 shot along the Vancouver Seawall, testing out the D300s video. It was great to use, but a steadycam would be a handy asset for any moving shots.


Posted: February 23rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: illustration | Tags: , , | Comments Off


Fractal Explorer

Posted: January 16th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: General | Comments Off

Having just started my first forays into Adobe’s Pixel Bender, I’ve been blown away by the scripts which are currently available for it. As a way to temporarily avoid actually learning the language, I spent quite a bit of time playing around with Subblue’s Fractal Exporter. Results below.

It’s particularly nice to see these shapes morph as the parameters change. Will get them into After Effects soon to render out these shifts.

Giant Green running.

Posted: January 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: video | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Finished putting together a quick running test with the rabbit character posted yesterday.  This was a little tricky, as I’ve set up the limbs so they don’t deform.  The result is an odd bouncing gait, which could be cool with a bit or work.  Eventually, he’ll be composited over video of a city.  But not yet.  For now: running.