Richard Downs
October 2009
Compressor 3.5
Our daughter came home yesterday with the purchase of a 16 GB iPod Nano. This little thing is so cool with its built-in video camera, FM radio and a Pedometer. With all of its bells and whistles, you almost forget that it is a music player. Gone are the days of parents mortgaging the house to fund their young, would-be filmmakers. Todays technology brings affordable and powerful filmmaking tools into the hands of a widening audience.
This DVD cover illustration created for portrays Apple's Compressor 3.5. Compressor is part of  Apple's Final Cut Studio that allows users to encode video files for delivery on iPod, Apple TV, the web, mobile phones, a Blu-ray disc, or a DVD.  Now, if I could only get our teenage daughter to tune her Nano to NPR 90.9.
Color 1.5
Apple Color 1.5 Final Cut Studio
Here are some new DVD covers for for me, I enjoy reading about and creating art relating to technology so these assignments are a treat. Although,  I use technology in my work I must admit that I use very little technology in my lifestyle and I can barely operate my cell phone. When I create these covers art director Heather Stallings gives me a  bit of technology direction with links to Wikipedia and the developer websites and off I go!. The new iPhone SDK technology seems amazing, giving consumers the ability to create  iPhone applications that can then, be published through Apple's App Store. That sounds like fun but maybe I should first,  figure out how to use my LG phone.
iPhone SDK
Flash Player 10 This version didn't make it out of the legal department, too close to the Flash logo.
Flash Player 10 Approved by legal, bill legal 180 minutes Photoshop time.
Apple Motion 4 Final Cut Studio
DVD Covers
The World's Tiniest Businesses
Here is a cover Illustration for Strategic Finance magazine. Art Director, Mary Zisk requested my rendered style and an image that didn't require a big concept but something with a folk art and Latin American feel to it. Mary suggested the tortilla making scenario, one of the case studies about a woman in Nicaragua who makes tortillas for a living. This  fascinating article about microbusinesses in developing countries was written by Business Administration Professors from Harvard, Rice and Portland Universities. Simple accounting, microcredit and microfinance has become one of the most promising approaches yet developed to address the seemingly intractable problem of global poverty.
So, without the security of a big concept I jumped into designing a woman making tortillas. The tortillas ended up being the most challenging part of the assignment. The tortilla itself is graphic enough, but the color and texture required some extra problem solving. If you don't believe my tortilla challenge, try and draw a cool tortilla.

Detail of face
Detail of flowers
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