The hive project is an ongoing back burner personal project for the bees. My goal for this project was to redesign the traditional beehive hive for the modern urban and suburban demographic. I drew inspiration from the Warre hives from the early 1900's and combined the his beekeeping principles with a new aesthetic for urban and suburban locations with no lawn space.
Its parabolic shape is designed to be much easier for the bees to heat and keep clean with no cold corners or rough surfaces to gather moisture and bacteria.
Besides the hive re-design, it features a full suite of sensors that constantly measure the health of the hive and compare it to hives in other places.
I currently build the hives in my garage out of off cuts from yachts. The process is tough but satisfying and It takes me about a two weeks of spare time to build a full hive.
I will be testing many variations of these hives throughout the next year. See my process section above for more up to date information
Iconic New Zealand Ice Cream maker Tip Top is going back to all natural colors and flavors so I decided it was best to return to traditional animation techniques to make a fun little ad for them. I was happy that it was awarded a bronze at the 2014 Axis Awards for the craft, visual effects, and animation category.
A full sized stag head made of porcelain in late 2009. These are hand made using a series of garage/bedroom built slip molds. It was originally made as personal art piece for my wall but I ended up selling a few via galleries.
A collection of special edition beer labels for a friend in a small craft brewery in Auckland, N.Z.
A few style frames from my pitch for a new google android tvc. This concept is fully live action with mechanical vingettes that represent the functions of the OS.
I designed these one afternoon for my vegan and carnivorous house mates as a way to distinguish the different cutting boards that was both functional and presentable. Taking this concept to a full line of products.
This is a little clip I did for Wellington based Craig Terris. He's incredibly talented and often produces every facet of his album so I used that as a metaphor, with a bit of a twist. I had a lot of fun painting a full 360 panoramic seamless kitsch landscape based of of famous scenes, as well as building a the miniature island that he stands on.
Its hard not to love good street food, especially street food that is as good for you. Skillet is a brand I developed for a mobile food cart that caters for the healthy demographic, selling primarily simple and health conscious dishes at farmers markets, events and festivals.
Key art and poster design for a short film produced by Digital Kitchen in 2010. Film directed by Johan Leidgren. I wanted to emphasize the multiple plot levels within the film.
A few frames I painted for a Mazda Suv pitch at Buck LA.
I designed this Typographic Alphabet as a tool for young children to learn the alphabet. Kids often mix up the order of the letters so I designed this as puzzle that only fits together in the correct order. I also wanted it to be challenging so i spent a bit of time on making semi-ambigiuos letter forms that rely on context. Usually takes kids and adults alike 2-5 minutes to complete.
These giant illuminated letters were originally for a self-promotional video piece.
My good friend Curtis Baigent and I co-directed, designed, and animated this piece for a New Zealand music video competition titles. We took the challenge to heart and fully exploited those cutely rendered fruits.
Back in 2011 while working at Superfad seattle I was asked to design and screen print a few hundred tee shirts for everyone across all the offices. I had a lot of fun and learned what it takes to screen print several hundred tee shirts completely solo. This was one of 4 designs. I made this for the 3d team, optimized for use with 3d glasses
A typographic exploration I did for a gallery openning. Complete with accompanying neon sign.
A few frames from the title sequence I made for Microsoft Game Studio.
A few bits that needed a home.