Story Pixel

Independent Interaction of Sam Wilson

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Fresh radical steps for a fresh radical new year

  • Written by Sam Wilson
  • Thu, January 09, 2014
  • 7:27pm
  • 4 comments
Cintiq Heaven and Hell

I had a hell of a time finding out that there was a loose wire inside one of the two clipped panels on the back of this new Cintiq 24HD.

Hello, Pittsburgh!

For a person who was born and raised in Kentucky, Pittsburgh is exciting but also an adjustment my family and I are meeting with energetic optimism.

Redesign of Epic Small

Epic Small is a personal philosophy that became a presentation in 2009, soon adopted by others within a Facebook group, then finally its own site.

Uprooting, replanting

Since 2005, I have freelanced from Lexington, Kentucky with no real directive other than to do work I can be proud of. At the end of June 2011 I will be moving to a new, very different, very spirited town—Pittsburgh, the City of Steel.

Now and later

Professionally, it’s been a unpredictable exciting year; lots of changes bring several opportunities to grow.

About Blinkwang

Building Blinkwang was a great experience. Here is a bit about the project and about the people who helped me through my first HTML5 game.

  • Written by Sam Wilson
  • Wed, August 18, 2010
  • 2:59pm
  • 6 comments
Jogging (your creativity)

Approached sensibly and with discipline, running is a benefit to your bodily health, but is it even better for your ideas?

Epic small

If God is in the details, then heaven must be in the small creative acts. Welcome to a point of view that I call Epic Small.

Finish your site

There are so many talented people whose lack of a site is stunting their opportunities.

  • Written by Sam Wilson
  • Fri, February 05, 2010
  • 12:37pm
  • 13 comments
Jealousy, a friend

I will admit, I’m a very jealous person creatively. Great works both inspire me and goad me. I think that’s a good thing.

What I know

Last year a young man from England wrote to ask me what advice I could offer him to grow his Web Design career. I didn’t want to say “do something else” so I wrote this.

Sketches everyday

In 2010 I’ll be posting one sketch a day to Flickr. I hope you follow along and maybe even get inspired to share your sketches.

Perfectionism, the enemy

Much like spice to food, perfectionism can either differentiate or ruin your project. Know how and when to turn it on and off.

Collaborative thinking

Using my latest collaboration as an example, I cover some basic strategy for pursuing collaborations wisely.

Logos sometimes

Occasionally I enjoy some logo work. It’s nice when others enjoy that work too.

Blushing

I have never placed much stock in awards but back-pats for any design work are undeniably nice to receive.

Determining domain

Many times in building a Flash app, you need to know what your current domain is. Sometimes you need to know from where to load in assets depending on if you are testing on your computer in the IDE or if the application is live on a server.

Loading JSON data

A very useful method of transferring data between Flash and a data source is JSON. Here is some code from a recent project that loads JSON in a usable form.

Creative Harvest

With the “Creative Harvest” version of Story Pixel, I wished to create a place to share my thoughts and to foster creative growth.

Why I like coworking

Being an independent has its perks, but one downside is that working in isolation can dull valuable social instincts. I found an answer in coworking.

Breaking good habits

Sometimes consciously leaving your comfort zone by taking on an unexpected project is a shortcut to inspiration.