I thought of a very important mobile app. It's called Tickle and it helps you escape awkward situations. Using your phone’s accelerometer, Tickle can sense awkward gestures, and in turn, generate a phantom phone call to allow you to gracefully excuse yourself from whatever awkward situation you’re in. A video demo is right here on this page.
Video was shot on a C300PL with an Angenieux 26-76mm T2.6. Edited in Premier and After Effects. Logo in Illustrator.
More info is here: usetickle.com
In 2013, my friends and I took a road trip around Iceland. Afterward, I wanted to buy a map as a memento, but none I found really captured the spirit of our journey. Instead, I drew this custom map and included photos and stories from our trip. It hangs 44"x70”.
More information about the map: http://blog.alexcornell.com/iceland-road-trip-custom-map
Our Drone Future is a look at the imminent condition of unmanned aerial vehicles. The video explores the technology, capability, and purpose of drones, as their presence becomes an increasingly pervasive reality in the skies of tomorrow.
In the near future, cities use semi-autonomous drones for urban security. Human officers monitor drone feeds remotely, and data reports are displayed with a detailed HUD and communicated via a simulated human voice (designed to mitigate discomfort with sentient drone technology).
Created with DJI Phantom Drones, After Effects, Premier, Logic, GoPro.
I am currently the cofounder and Creative Director at UberConference. We make conference calls easy and amazing, as opposed to confusing and terrifying. UberConference was developed at Firespotter Labs and won first prize at the TechCrunch Disrupt in 2012. It would be impossible to show all of the work that's gone into UC, here, so I've just attached a few screens of the product in action. Please visit our tour page to see more of the app.
I wrote an article and compiled this infographic about one of the most complex social situations you will encounter: the 45 seconds that elapse while deciding where to sit for dinner at a restaurant. Your choice should appear natural, unbiased and haphazard if executed properly. Timing is everything.
The Worst Portfolio Ever was an article and website I put together to identify some of the worst habits in portfolio design today. My favorite is the contextless photo of a wall of sticky notes, that some designers insist on including. Or perhaps worse, the “arbitrary skills chart”, which to this day baffles my mind. In general, my gripes boil down to a lack of *work* being shown, in favor of pointless and limp filler.
Full article here on my blog. Oddly this was one of the most popular things I have ever created, and generated over 200K hits in one day.
Developed in 2011 at Firespotter Labs, Jotly started as a joke but eventually became real. The startup landscape and app culture of today is just too easy a target not to parody. Jotly takes advantage of all the startup tricks: the color blue, rounded corners, SoLoMo, ratings, points, free iPads, ridiculous name (complete with random adverbing via "ly"), overpromising, private beta, giant buttons, "friction-less" sign up, no clear purpose, and of course a shiny promo video etc.
Launch the website: http://www.jotly.co
My book Breakthrough was released on Sept 12th 2012 and published by Princeton Architectural Press. It started with a post I put together for ISO50 called Overcoming Creative Block in 2010, which tackled the same subject of creative block. Two years later, the book came to be!
Breakthrough! is a lively compilation of strategies for combating creative block offered by a who’s who of leading graphic designers, typographers, cartoonists, photographers, illustrators, musicians, writers, and other creative professionals. Because every block is different, they offer a wide variety of solutions-from cleaning the house and eating spicy food to making a plaster cast of your hands and feet-that are surprising, amusing, at times weird, but always inspiring. Breakthrough! is rocket fuel for any creative individual in need of a catalyst to get ideas flowing again.
Below is a small selection of songs I have performed on Youtube. The rest can be found on my Youtube page. Check it out. Currently over 3 million views and 16K subscribers.
Free MP3's are avalable for download here: Soundcloud
The new Playboy logo is a variation of the original “bunny” symbol. The animal depicted is a fox and you are to deduce that he has “consumed” the old logo and left only the distinctive bow tie hanging from his mouth. This changing of the guard represents the evolution of the brand — not only visually, from a cute and cuddly bunny to a sly and cunning fox — but also in terms of perspective, in that the new animal is more sophisticated and better suited to represent the new priorities of the magazine. Further information linked below:
Ace Greenhorn's Masterclass is all about learning all the time. Life's most elusive challenges are dissected into easy to understand lesson plans, created by the Master himself. Whether you're a greenhorn through and through, or a masterminding ace, these videos will help round out your adult education.
All lessons can be found here: heylearnthis.com
These videos were created for no specific purpose other than to make something. Some people say we stop learning at 18. Prove them wrong and learn new things with Ace Greenhorn's Mastercla
This project was called The Bourne Culmination. It was a hypothetical trailer for the final installment in the Bourne series. We filmed it over a weekend and I edited it that Monday. It was our tribute to the Bourne series. Shot on a Canon C300. Edited in Premier, Logic and After Effects. I wrote a process post about the project here.
The design imagines a day in the future when we had to leave Earth. As depicted here, Earth looks like a rather alien place, and it is no surprise that we had to leave. You can see the jet blast of the last rocket to leave at the top of the image. The whole piece was inspired by the song “International Space Station II” by Figurine.
I've made a large assortment of promo videos for UberConference in-house. Ranging from the extremely elaborate, to the quick and dirty, each served its purpose and was a blast to make. A lot of these are outdated at this point, but I like including them here on the site because I am proud of them.
Periodically, pages go missing, assets get misplaced -- you should not be concerned. This is a startup, this kind of thing happens. At Nosh, we are fortunate to have a relationship with several teams of ex-special forces operatives who help us track down these missing pages. When a page on this website goes rogue -- and a code 404 arises -- we dispatch one of our teams to bring it back. Ideally they are able to salvage the missing page, but sometimes, if the page is truly lost, they have to take it out (resulting in the subsequent code 500 when the page gets taken down).
I created the video that displays on the Nosh 404 page. Everything was shot on a Canon 5DMKII and post-produced with Final Cut, After Effects, Logic, and Color. Shot and edited on July 23rd 2011.
I wrote a detailed process post about the film's production here: Nosh 404: Process Post
Firespotter Labs contracts a Special Forces agency to handle all unusual and dark internet tasks. Firewall removal, harddrive defragmentation, virus elimination, etc are some of the services offered. Based on the positive response to our 404 Takedown for Nosh, we have expanded our offerings and are now hiring out our Special Forces branch on a contract basis. Limited time engagement.
While a successful date can be had any number of places, you can improve your chances with proper location scouting. I created the graphic below to help you navigate these treacherous waters. What constitutes “success” is certainly open to interpretation, but for the sake of this article let’s assume it means securing a second date. Below I have outlined the spectrum of difficulty when it comes to typical first-date scenarios.
As the winners of the 2012 TechCrunch Disrupt in NYC, we needed to make a video of "what we did with the trophy while it was ours". The video was played before we handed off the trophy to the next winner.
In 2012, ÜberConference emerged victorious from the startup battlefield, and won the coveted TechCrunch Disrupt Trophy. Shortly thereafter, the trophy was stolen from their HQ by their estranged product, Jotly. In an epic race against time, ÜberConference dispatched one of their most experienced special forces teams to retrieve the trophy and bring Jotly to justice, once and fo