New Media Studio Project 1
September 3, 2009, 3:10 am
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First Project: A series of e-cards and website to support them

Specific Challenges: Finding how to program cards to be personalizable and attempting to make that work so that my ecards function just like normal ecards

Why i chose this for my project: I want to go into greeting/ecard design when i graduate. Though i know that this is not the standard desire for someone in my field- i have loved making cards for people ever since i was a child- and the more i think about it- the more i would rather go into a field that is all about making people happy, and not so much about making people money. That being said- we shall see how my first “official” attempts at ecards go.


http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art59749.asp – this site has a lot to say about flash and ecards. We’ll just wait and see if its anything I need



Ecards I like:



After seeing this one: http://www.123greetings.com/love/i_love_you/crazy/crazy46.html – i have decided that the world seriously needs some good ecards.


Hallmark charges 99 cents for this: http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ecard%7C10001%7C10051%7C975804%7C147551;-102001;-102270;66559%7Cecard%7CPR1S%7Cecards?cardType=premium&template=n&categoryId=66559 which features their trademark characters… but the whole hot dog thing is a bit… interesting.

This one is cute: http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ecard%7C10001%7C10051%7C970785%7C147551;-102001;-102270;264570%7Cecard%7CP1R3S%7Cecards?cardType=premium&template=n&categoryId=264570 its more cartoony- like what I’m planning on doing

This one I actually really like: http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ecard%7C10001%7C10051%7C892289%7C147551;-102001;11441;-102271;-102050%7Cecard%7CPR3S%7Cecards?cardType=premium&template=n&categoryId=-102050

I like this style, but not the execution: http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ecard%7C10001%7C10051%7C983313%7C147551;-102001;11441;-102271;-102046%7Cecard%7CPR3S%7Cecards?cardType=premium&template=n&categoryId=-102046

The little dog in this one makes me happy: http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ecard%7C10001%7C10051%7C976460%7C147551;-102001;11441;-102271;-102046%7Cecard%7CPR2S%7Cecards?cardType=premium&template=n&categoryId=-102046

Cool idea on this one… hate the comic text… and not so much a fan of the bland message. But cool otherwise: http://www.hallmark.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ecard%7C10001%7C10051%7C877294%7C147551;-102001;-102234%7Cecard%7CP1R8S%7Cecards?cardType=premium&template=n&categoryId=-102234

This is not a card- but its a really cool animation. I would like to do a card like this, possibly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUO0gd7cr9o


5 Categories: I would like to start with 5 solid ecards, i think. I’m afraid that many more than that would be hard to handle all at once, but i may change my mind after i get going on things. I want to do them from very different categories, and am debating pinning down a style vs experiementing. I always seem to have a specific style to the things i do, and that will either benefit me greatly, or really hinder me. We will see how that goes. I would like to do: Christmas, Birthday, Thank you, Valentines Day and Apology to begin with. Brainstorming will be done on paper… so you’ll just have to wait and see what i come up with.



You’ll be very excited to know that during my hiatus from blogging i have made leaps and bounds of progress. Though i have learned that some of my goals were unrealistic (for example- getting all of these cards done by day after tomorrow)- i have also learned a lot about animation and how the ecard world works. I have been doing some more research, so i’ll post some more example cards soon, but what i’ve found is that since ecards take a TON of work, a lot of designers get lazy. However, there are ways to compromise- making quality cards that take enough time- but not too much. I decided on doing Valentines day, Birthday and Christmas. Here’s the plan right now:


Valentines day: A sweet, hand drawn card with imitation child drawing going through the seasons- talking about mushy stuff like love and valentines and stuff. This one is mostly finished, i want to go back and hand draw the type, and maybe add a few more layers. I want it to be stark and simple, but not empty. 


Christmas: I want to do a claymation of a penguin decorating his tree then lighting it up. Its pretty self explanatory. You don’t see many clay ecards, so i feel like there might be a cool niche out there if i got involved in this. 


Birthday: I may just do a traditional animation for the birthday card- i might do a chef making a birthday cake. It seems a little expected, so i’m going to think about that. i am in animation class, and i am really interested in using some of those principles.


HA! HUGE SUCCESS! I just learned how to edit what portion of sound goes into flash… something i didn’t think was possible until just now. here is the link- read up! http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/editing-sounds-in-flash-cs3.html 

also… i have almost another card done. its my christmas one. its cute:)


11/17/09- I bet you thought that i forgot about my blogging, didn’t you. You would be definitely incorrect. I have, however been holding out on you, saving everything in word. Its so much faster (and that way you get to be surprised). But here is a brief overview of what is going on right now. I am done except minor tweaks with my e-cards. They turned out pretty cool, but i can’t get the to POST, so you’ll have to wait and see later. I have hit a snag with my ecard interface design- my buttons are not cooperating with each other the way i’d like, so i’m fighting with them at the moment. My self promo animation is going well- i am really enjoying that most of all, i think. anyways- thats the skinny version of things- i’ll post everything else soon.


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