Here it is - my “conducting” video idea for Lady Gaga ‘Applause’ For Orchestra. Thanks everyone for the feedback!

A post from one of my followers. Which one of these icons sticks out?

This is why I like my icon. Although, along with the name change, I’m considering changing my logo to be a picture of me. It would certainly be more personal, which I like.

A post from one of my followers. Which one of these icons sticks out?

This is why I like my icon. Although, along with the name change, I’m considering changing my logo to be a picture of me. It would certainly be more personal, which I like.

On Design

This is in response to monsieurtoast:

"You just couldn’t settle with improving pop music by way of orchestral arrangements, could you?… That’s why we love you."

I’m always thinking about improving things, and I feel like that’s how people should live their life. A lot of things I’m surrounded by bother me because they’re so poorly made. I don’t mean that everything needs to be made with laser-engraved aluminum, or be a huge music orchestra. That’s all just the manufacturing process. Design, from how I approach it, comes down to the details of how others will experience the product or service - regardless of what tools are used to create it.

Sometimes I feel like no one passionately cares when they make something - be it a website’s color scheme, a laptop’s bezel, a car’s cupholder, or even a door handle. But these things matter. A lot.

And yes, this concerns music, too. Music is design, just like that door handle or shoebox is. The smooth transition from a verse to a chorus demands the same attention to detail that anything else needs. Not more attention, not less attention - the ‘same’ attention. And by ‘same’ I mean a ton of attention to detail.

And design isn’t just about how things are made, it’s about how things are. Never stop questioning other people, or wondering why things are systematically the way they are. “It’s always been that way by design” is a horrible answer to one’s question.

The trick is to always keep the brain’s wheels turning and keep improving things (or questioning why they haven’t been improved yet) because design doesn’t sleep - so neither should your curiosity or demands for its perfection.

vexarian:

fororchestra:

I’m not a graphic designer, but here’s a mockup of how I’d like the Tumblr dashboard to look.

1.) Replace the words “liked your post” etc. with the actual like/reblog icons. There’s no purpose why that info should be shown twice to the user.

2.) Disregard the words “your video” “your audio” etc in the notification. That info is already highlighted to the user from the post/video icons on the far right.

3.) Remove the like/reblog icons from the user’s avatar so we can see their full picture.

4.) Make the font slightly brighter so it contrasts better with the dark background.

Aside from visually looking better, this would be so much easier to read, understand, and click on links. The like/reblog icons would even separate the username from the blog post title so that it wasn’t just a long string of jumbled text. This solves everything.

Mm… much more visually appealing than the current style. I’d like a redesign like this.

One of my followers wrote: 

In my own opinion, I’d put the symbol BEFORE the blogger’s name. Potentially before their avatar.

I considered that, but the problem is in the sentence structure. The before example literally reads “anabotti reblogged anabotti reblogged your audio post: Super Mario 64 ‘Bob-Omb Battlefield’… audio post”

Whereas the after example literally reads “orchestrarocks reblogged Super Mario 64 ‘Bob-Omb Battlefield’ For Orchestra audio post”. That’s perfect.

If you were to put the like/reblog icons next to the avatars then you would destroy the sentence structure while creating another string of jumbled text (which I cautioned about above).

There are other things this “after” would allow - like more horizontal room for title names, so you could even design wider font kern spacing if you wanted to (not everyone has a retina display).

vexarian:

fororchestra:

I’m not a graphic designer, but here’s a mockup of how I’d like the Tumblr dashboard to look.

1.) Replace the words “liked your post” etc. with the actual like/reblog icons. There’s no purpose why that info should be shown twice to the user.

2.) Disregard the words “your video” “your audio” etc in the notification. That info is already highlighted to the user from the post/video icons on the far right.

3.) Remove the like/reblog icons from the user’s avatar so we can see their full picture.

4.) Make the font slightly brighter so it contrasts better with the dark background.

Aside from visually looking better, this would be so much easier to read, understand, and click on links. The like/reblog icons would even separate the username from the blog post title so that it wasn’t just a long string of jumbled text. This solves everything.

Mm… much more visually appealing than the current style. I’d like a redesign like this.

One of my followers wrote:

In my own opinion, I’d put the symbol BEFORE the blogger’s name. Potentially before their avatar.

I considered that, but the problem is in the sentence structure. The before example literally reads “anabotti reblogged anabotti reblogged your audio post: Super Mario 64 ‘Bob-Omb Battlefield’… audio post”

Whereas the after example literally reads “orchestrarocks reblogged Super Mario 64 ‘Bob-Omb Battlefield’ For Orchestra audio post”. That’s perfect.

If you were to put the like/reblog icons next to the avatars then you would destroy the sentence structure while creating another string of jumbled text (which I cautioned about above).

There are other things this “after” would allow - like more horizontal room for title names, so you could even design wider font kern spacing if you wanted to (not everyone has a retina display).

I’m not a graphic designer, but here’s a mockup of how I’d like the Tumblr dashboard to look.

1.) Replace the words “liked your post” etc. with the actual like/reblog icons. There’s no purpose why that info should be shown twice to the user.

2.) Disregard the words “your video” “your audio” etc in the notification. That info is already highlighted to the user from the post/video icons on the far right.

3.) Remove the like/reblog icons from the user’s avatar so we can see their full picture.

4.) Make the font slightly brighter so it contrasts better with the dark background.

Aside from visually looking better, this would be so much easier to read, understand, and click on links. The like/reblog icons would even separate the username from the blog post title so that it wasn’t just a long string of jumbled text. This solves everything.

I’m not a graphic designer, but here’s a mockup of how I’d like the Tumblr dashboard to look.

1.) Replace the words “liked your post” etc. with the actual like/reblog icons. There’s no purpose why that info should be shown twice to the user.

2.) Disregard the words “your video” “your audio” etc in the notification. That info is already highlighted to the user from the post/video icons on the far right.

3.) Remove the like/reblog icons from the user’s avatar so we can see their full picture.

4.) Make the font slightly brighter so it contrasts better with the dark background.

Aside from visually looking better, this would be so much easier to read, understand, and click on links. The like/reblog icons would even separate the username from the blog post title so that it wasn’t just a long string of jumbled text. This solves everything.

dotcore:

The Ballad of The Windfish.by Matt Chase.
This reminds me of Walt Ribeiro.


The attention to detail on this is incredible. I like the 3 random flat notes.

dotcore:

The Ballad of The Windfish.
by Matt Chase.

This reminds me of Walt Ribeiro.

The attention to detail on this is incredible. I like the 3 random flat notes.

(via reconblackbird)

Here’s my Fez ‘Adventure’ Orchestra cover art. Comes out tomorrow! And just like with Zelda, it will be free on Bandcamp with the option to purchase if you’d like (including other stores)

I added Gomez’s hat on the letters, which was an idea I started since my Homestuck cover art. The color scheme and the song title’s 3D blocks draw comparisons to the game itself. I love how both the cover art and the arrangement turned out, so get ready.

Font: Demon Cubic Block by FOD

Here’s my Fez ‘Adventure’ Orchestra cover art. Comes out tomorrow! And just like with Zelda, it will be free on Bandcamp with the option to purchase if you’d like (including other stores)

I added Gomez’s hat on the letters, which was an idea I started since my Homestuck cover art. The color scheme and the song title’s 3D blocks draw comparisons to the game itself. I love how both the cover art and the arrangement turned out, so get ready.

Font: Demon Cubic Block by FOD

An anonymous requested this top design - which do you like better? Also should i make posters of these?

Here are my next 2 T-Shirts “May The Fourth Be With You” from my post last month.

How many of you are interested in this one?

Here’s my first of six T-Shirt designs coming out!

So I know how many to make, who is interested? Also this will support me so I can keep writing music for you.

Here’s my first of six T-Shirt designs coming out!

So I know how many to make, who is interested? Also this will support me so I can keep writing music for you.