My mother takes pride in sending up to 100 handwritten seasons greeting cards each year – so I guess that my longstanding interest in greeting-cards is genetic. My first large Flash/Actionscript project, dating back to the last millenium, was an editor that allowed users to draw their own cards – my website ows its name to this ‘motiondrawing’.
Since several years now we create special e-cards for our seasons greetings. Despite the usual end-of-the-year stress, the creation of these cards is very gratifying and often offers the opportunity to explore the design- and animation-side of Flash which is a very welcome break from writing code.
Here’s a selection from the last years – some cards come with an editor so that anyone can customize and send the cards. Feel free to use them to your heart’s content!
‘Rudolph the red nose reindeer’, based on a watercolor by Silvana, my partner. Developing an animation from a bitmap instead of the usual vectors was new to me.
‘Jingletrees’. Yet another stop-motion animation. Before a single ‘tree’ is placed to become part of a large christmas tree, it is first shown in the foreground, for the fraction of a second. The ‘trees’ are actually visual representations of the sound-spectrum of the ‘Jingle Bells’ song – concentrate on the trees in the foreground and listen to the music to see it!
Send your own card
2012, using the ‘sounddraw’ technique (as in the previous year)