Skylights: 15 Instagram style filters for After Effects

instagram style filters in after effects

I wanted to create an Instagram style filter using the standard tools within After Effects to help liven up some old footage I was working with. After creating a few different styles I ended up creating Skylights! A set of 15 presets that you can use to help liven up a bit of old footage or give your videos a slight colour boost.

A photo of the Moon taken from my iPhone

I took the photograph below by lining up my iPhone to the eyepiece of a telescope. It was slightly tricky to get lined up but I think the end result was pretty great:

The Moon taken from an iPhone by Thomas Davis

Pretty cool huh?

Using ifttt to archive your tweets

UPDATE: unfortunately due to recent changes in the Twitter API it seems IFTTT has to remove the Twitter triggers which means the following technique will no longer work. Thanks Twitter.

I’ve been seeing quite a few tweets about not being able to search back through your own tweets, with some users even offering to pay twitter for such a service:

Wilson Miner - Build 2011

Back in November I attended Build 2011.

Without a doubt the talk which stood out the most to me (and I'm sure a lot of others at the conference too) was this one by @WilsonMiner:

DrupalCon London 2011

DrupalCon London is almost over, the sessions have all been wrapped up and all that remains tomorrow is the code sprints to try and put some of the awesome ideas from the week straight into action. This was actually my first ever DrupalCon, unfortunately I could only attend one of the days but even so; I learnt a lot from the sessions I attended, the entire atmosphere was great and I'll definitely be attending future conferences!

Quickly resize a lot of images in Photoshop

Over the weekend I needed to resize an entire folder full of photos from my brothers graduation so I could upload them to the web without it taking 100 years to complete. I could have simply opened up each image in Photoshop, resized & re-saved them however that would have probably taken longer than the upload so I did a little research into automating the process.

Apostrophace design - bauhaus

I thought I would share one of my favourite apostrophaces. I found it makes a pretty good background or wallpaper so feel free to save it & try it for yourself!

bauhaus apostrophace designed by thomas

If you would like to alter/re-post this image then all I ask is that you add a link back to this original design.

Microsoft urges you to stop using Internet Explorer 6.

On Saturday I, like many other web designers and developers, woke up to some rather pleasing news: Microsoft has started a campaign to finally say goodbye to Internet Explorer 6 (IE6).

The campaign site: shows a worldwide map and statistics of the current usage count IE6 is sitting at. As of Feb 2011 the magic number sits at 12% usage worldwide (down 9% on the previous year), with the ultimate goal of reducing this number to less than 1%!

The lone vagabond

I've been playing about with the idea of a design involving the outline of a person, much like the style of the Mad Men opening titles, however I have been a bit too busy lately to actually design anything!

I managed to play around with some of the ideas today and I came up with the following:

Qwiki: the information experience

A couple of months ago I discovered, a site which aims to transform the way in which people consume information on web by offering 'information experiences'. The site aims to do this by allowing users to search for information on a particular topic, much like conventional sites although; rather than simply returning a list of results the user is given a short presentation or 'Qwiki' which contains a variety of different panels with all sorts of information in various different formats depending on what you searched for.


A few months back I discovered the brilliant fontstache/typestache poster which seems to show the personality of each font used through the style of the curly bracket.

Inspired by this I had a bit of fun putting together some "apostrophaces" - by using the apostrophe of a font I wanted to see if a certain personality came through when put in the context of a face.

Using CSS3: box-shadow to create a photo vignette.

The CSS3 property: box-shadow allows you to create simple drop-shadows on block level elements within a webpage. The box below shows this effect in action:

blur-amount colour;

The box-shadow property also allows you to place the shadow within the element using the inset value, this allows you to create some pretty cool effects including: photo vignettes.

5 Second Project: Countdown

A couple of months ago I came across Greyscale Gorilla - a blog dedicated to all manner of motion graphics and 3D design.

Whilst traversing the wealth of posts over there I found out about the "5 second projects" - basically they provide you with a theme and all you have to do is create an animation based on it. The animation can literally be anything you want it to be as long as it has something to do with the theme they set.

Website design inspiration:

I think we all need a bit of inspiration once in a while, regardless of the field you work in! It is always useful to find a consistent source of inspiration which you can admire whenever a creative block forms over your head.

Not long ago I came across designfridge - a brilliant collection of various different websites and website designers all packaged into a cool clean site.

Real-time search from Google

Google have just released a video of their real-time search function.

So what does this mean? Well, if someone was searching for an article on the new realtime search function in Google at around 8pm on the 7th of December 2009 then my blog post and all the related blog posts will show within the real-time results.

Basically, it gives users access to up-to-the-minute results from a wide variety of sources and from the video it seems twitter will play a big role in the real-time searches.

Visually stunning: Gorey Castle besieged by projection

Now this is how you attack a castle in the 21st Century!

The effect was achieved by mapping out the castle and then creating the various animations to fit the map - it was then projected onto the castle using a very high intensity projecter: the Christie 25K projector.

The end result is truly magnificent, especially the final 5 seconds!

The project by Seeper, was displayed at the Jersey Branchage Festival 2009.

Completely New Site

Welcome to the new site design!

I recently updated my site from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6 and to go with it I created the new theme you see before you.

Instead of upgrading from D5 to D6 I decided to make a fresh start. My old site had a lot of unnecessary modules & themes installed as well as unwanted content from when I first created the site. For all of these reasons I decided simply to create a whole new site, delete the old database and content and start with a new fresh install of Drupal 6.