Purpose: through words and likeness illustrate the Olympians who received little fanfare and attention.
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Illustrator: Alex Savakis. Created on an iPad Pro with the ProCreate app and Apple Pencil.
Behind the scenes: while I was drawing on my iPad my TV was tuned to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. I heard the TV announcer say, “What gravity?”, in reference to a comment by Mutaz Essa Barshin. Mr. Barshim participated in the high jump. He was the first person to bring home a silver medal for his country, Qatar.
I imagined the elation Mr. Barshim felt as he cleared the high jump bar. I posted the piece to Instagram and Twitter. Two days later it was picked up by an online magazine from Doha, Qatar, who retweeted it.
Hidilyn Diaz was the first female to win a medal for her country, the Philippines. She took home the bronze medal for her weightlifting class. Two weeks after I posted my illustration she was tagged by a friend in the comments section of my Instagram post. The athlete responded. I was thrilled by her comment.
According to an article in Men’s Health magazine sawdust is an ingredient in 31 foods. Sawdust is cellulose and is used as a source of fiber. Do we need more fiber in our diets? Apparently we do. The food processors don’t want to lose profits to whole, nutritious foods because they spend countless dollars to create foods that are just short of satisfying your tastebuds. Add cellulose to a product. It’s like vegetables and fruits.
Created on my iPad Pro with Procreate and the Apple Pencil. Animated through Photoshop.
Purpose: to format and redesign email templates for KCETLinks’s site editors who prepare content for weekly delivery.
We implemented formatted templates and styled them to suit the design guidelines for individual KCETLink shows and verticals. The templatized newsletters eased the burden of production for the side editors. Every week KCETLink distributes digital newsletters to thousands of subscribers in Greater Los Angeles and beyond.
Designer: Alex Savakis; Front End Developer: Melissa DeMund; Art Directors: Justin Cram and Bijan Rezvani
KCET Music newsletter
KCET Digital Download
Crime Watch Daily
Purpose: to build television and streaming viewership and encourage users to delve into the show’s web and social media content.
Crime Watch Daily is a nationally syndicated daily television program.
Designer: Alex Savakis; Art Director: Yvonne Lau; Producer: Owen Michael
Purpose: to teach a something in less than 5 minutes with my iPhone.
Behind the scenes: This down and dirty assignment merged my analog and digital skills. After years working as a freelance lettering artist I returned to school to learn digital design and multimedia presentation. I wanted to learn what designers are using to craft current designs and experiences. For this project I linked the video to a background through HTML and CSS and posted it to my website.