Spurred on by some eye-opening documentaries like: Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral, and A Plastic Ocean (all of which I cannot recommend highly enough) I've been looking at ways I can change my daily habits to help reduce the impact I have on the world.
I've been doing quite a bit of reading recently, first up was: Thinking, fast and slow; a wonderful insight into how people think, and how humans make decisions in everyday life. The second was: The checklist manifesto - a fascinating read about the power of the humble checklist in the world of aviation, medicine, and construction.
Fragment is the latest project I've made for Loop - a set of 15 glitchy transitions and presets for After Effects.
Had a lot of fun making the promo for this one too:
After trying out freelancing from Berlin and Lisbon, I was searching for a new place to explore and freelance from. Then a couple of months ago, in one of those strange serendipitous moments life throws up every now and then: I discovered NomadHouse.
The concept was simple: 10 days in a Budapest, co-living, working and exploring a new place with 16 other freelancers/entrepreneurs/remote workers.
Throughout a lot of my motion design work I find myself needing different hand icons; perhaps a hand pointing to something, or swiping on a phone screen.
That's why I've made Handicons! A set of 30 different hand icons, take a look at the preview:
The set is available to buy from Gumroad - as a special treat use the code thomas10 for 10% off!
Following on from my freelance adventure in Berlin I decided to check out Lisbon back at the beginning of May, again taking a week and working from out there while exploring the city.
I decided to repeat what I’d done in Berlin and get an Airbnb, at the very least this could be somewhere to work from, a home office away from home if you will.
As a freelancer I’m always saying to people I can theoretically work from anywhere; all I need is a decent internet connection and I’m sorted.
Up until now I’d never properly tried it though, so I decided to book a trip to Berlin and give it a try. A bit of an experiment to see if it’s actually possible.
Here’s some of the good stuff:
Berlin has some excellent co-working spaces
My freelance work often takes two forms: either I'm working for my own clients, or I'm working for an agency; helping out with a particular project.
The latter has thrown up an interesting question, one which I'm still not sure the answer to: what happens if I finish the job earlier than planned?
Let's say a company has booked me for 10 days to help their in-house team with a project, I get to work, run through all the tasks, and hey presto! All done in 6 days.
Over the past couple of weeks I've been down in London working freelance on some more motion design projects at The Guardian.
This time I worked on a couple of different projects, the first of which was a video detailing what the Ebola virus is, how it's transferred, and what it does to you:
The second video was all about the new Guardian design; it details the various stages of The Guardian's online presence since it launched in 1999.
Over the past couple of weeks I swapped Manchester for a freelance motion design contract at The Guardian in London.
I had a great time working there, as you can imagine the projects are pretty varied. In the first week I worked on this from the 99 seconds series:
When I joined the animation had already been started by Alex; the resident motion designer, and another freelancer. A great collaborative effort all round!
Following on from freelance tip #1 - here's the second tip I thought I'd share:
Consider getting some office space
When I first started freelancing I did what most freelancers do: I worked from home. It was great at first, no more commuting! I could jump into work straight away and once the day was over I didn't need to travel anywhere to get home.