Artschool Overload is a website designed and developed for a side project another Calgary based designer and I have been working on. It is completed responsive and optimized for all major browsers.
It is a site where art and design students can showcase and sell their artwork, so it was important to keep the site’s design minimal and let the artwork be the main focus.
Drive In is a display type I designed from scratch. Inspired by other modern typefaces, Art Deco and Bauhaus design.
Though this proposed branding campaign was not the one selected, I was very happy with the work that came out of it. My team and I came up with the over arching theme of creativity meeting technology, and I developed a series of visuals reflecting these concepts.
I worked with a small group of fellow digital designers to create a sub site for The Canadian Down Syndrome Society. The site is targeted at new and expecting parents of children with Down syndrome. It was important to us to make the site convey a warm hopeful feel, and utilizes some beautiful photography. As well we needed to keep the information accessible on all modern devices and browsers.
MacKenzie Camp in British Columbia had an open call for logo redesigns. I put together a submission inspired by Mabel Lake, the area in which the summer camp is located, and the classic summer-camp feel. Bright colors and solid graphic elements were used to make it feel youthful and fun. This logo was the one selected and will be featured in MacKenzie Camp’s upcoming rebranding.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Studio014 to create a variety of promotional materials for local events. Here is a sampling of posters I’ve created over the last few years. I created all illustrations specifically for each project.
Electro Waves is a small Android Game I created for a class project. I was very inspired by the possibilities the accelerometer in modern mobile devices allowed and came up with a game mechanic of having the player change the pitch of ocean waves by tilting their device. The goal of the game is to keep your boat alive as long as possible, against an onslaught of pirates. The player does this by changing the tilt of the water to steer pirates away and into the path of lightning, which they create by touching the clouds above. The visuals were created in Illustrator and the game was developed in Flash.
I designed and built a site for local rock band Bell Tower as my first real web project. It is where I first became enchanted with CSS3 and was an excellent learning experience. Since the band felt it was important to have content such as concert date and social media streams always visible, I created a layout where this secondary content is always available to the user along the right side of the page. I like how this layout bookends each page, and it is a nice change from top navigation.
Gliese 581 c Trail is a fond homage to the classic game The Oregon Trail I created in Flash CS6. The game takes four intergalactic settlers on an adventure to reach Gliese 581 c, which is believed to be the closest inhabitable rock to earth. It is the player’s job to avoid asteroids and space bats, while keeping an eye on their fuel, shield levels and health of the crew. Of course the player can go hunting for more resources and some surprise events may occur along the way. I had such a blast making the 8-bit inspired graphics and trying to make the game feel as if it played like a early classic.
At youRhere Interactive Directories I work with an excellent team to produce digital touch screen solutions for clients all over Canada. I primarily produce visual content, such as interface designs, screensavers, map content, renderings and more, all inline with client branding and specifications. Occasionally I also develop client specific interactive content. Pictured are just a handful of projects I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of.
I’m Thomas Englund, a digital designer. I grew up on rock n’ roll, comic books and Bavarian treats. When I was a young lad I began making stop motion videos with my Lego blocks and I’ve had a passion for multimedia ever since. I’ve always been enthralled with the arts and have a propensity for problem solving. These two interests have lead me to my current field of digital design with a focus on responsive and intuative web development.
I have a diploma in New Media Production and Design from SAIT Polytechnic. My time at SAIT has given me a diverse toolkit of skills and knowledge of the industry as a whole. Thus giving me a great grounding for the future.
I recently completed a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies at the University of Calgary. My time at the University has given me invaluable critical thinking skills that have changed the way I view media, in the world and in my work. It has also given me a diversity of knowledge I draw on everyday.
I have been working at youRhere Interactive Directories for over two years. Where I am responsible for creating digital content for directories used throughout the country, for clients large and small. It has given me the excellent experience of working in a team oriented production environment where the job is often under time constraints. As well I’ve learned the importance of team communication and positive client relations.
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