Artist: Corey Pickett

Artist Interview: Corey Pickett

Artist: Corey PickettThe latest artist interview that I had scheduled for this site was to be for a longtime friend, Corey Pickett, who is starting to make a name for himself in the art field. I use the word, “starting” a little loosely because by some measures, he has “arrived.” His work is topical and relevant to the current tone of society in the US. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that I would expect his work to take off in a couple of years. He’s had solo exhibitions across the country and his work is currently being shown at ENMU, with a new exhibition in Sante Fe, that will be opening shortly. This December he will be showing in Pennsylvania too.

For this interview I decided to go in a slightly different direction than the past interviews, namely I wanted the interview with Corey to be a podcast. This was the first time that I’d done an interview like this so bear that in mind when you listen to it. I have experience with audio recordings, but I lack quality equipment and a true studio to conduct the interview. Also, in the back of my mind, I was hoping that this will be a regular method of interviews for
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Balsamiq Wireframe

Learning Balsamiq: Starting the Wireframe PT. 2

At this point you should have Balsamiq installed on your computer to begin wireframing the proposed site. For more information about what I’m doing I’ve written an article and posted a video that should get you up to speed. The video is only about 4 minutes so if you’re not sure what this is about, please take a moment to watch it. The link to both the article and the video is here.

In this article and video I jump into Balsamiq and start with the layout. I make some mistakes along the way and I ended up clipping off about 3 minutes of the video because I made a very big mistake. I made the error of thinking that if I added a link that saved it to a duplicate page, that the link would be transferred over to the page Balsamiq created. Oh well, did I mention I’m learning? 🙂

The video goes over the menu, canvas, option window and adding assets. I touch on how to crop an image and changing items on different elements on the canvas.

The video is located on youtube at


Social Media in Context

Have you ever wondered how the different social media networks stacked up next to each other on the amount of users they have? For me it was always something that I thought about but wasn’t really sure. I knew Facebook was the largest, but after that I just wasn’t sure. I found a short video that puts that all into context.

I’m not sure who created the video, but from reading the attached article it sounds as if The Next Web(TNW) was the source of it. The full article can be read here at TNW.

Link The most popular social media networks each year, gloriously animated

The video starts with the beginning of what was called at the time, Web2.0 with Friendster topping every other player by a huge margin in 2003. It should be mentioned that many of the networks that we use now didn’t exist back then. As the years tick by you see though the use of bar graphs, the rise and fall of popularity of the respective sites. It’s almost like watching a graph of the western civilization, you know the rise and fall of empires through time.

Screen capture of the battle for social network site. – Credit:

The graph is a interesting look into time that is almost hypnotic to watch. There are some networks that I don’t think I’ve even heard about, but most are pretty much well known. At one point I caught myself rooting for Reddit. It’s funny because it isn’t a race, it’s just how the bar graph expands and contracts along with the selected music.

It’s not going to change your world to watch the video, but it is really an interesting graphic that will have you wondering where all these people are coming from, and maybe why you aren’t using the particular social network.

As I was finishing this hastely written post, I started to wonder if it actually belongs on this site. I mean, it’s not art nor is it technology for artists. I guess in the end, it’s just interesting and yeah, maybe it doesn’t really fit in Art & Technology, but for now I’ll leave it here.

Unfortunately, it appears that TNW won’t allow embedding of the video, at least in the way that my WP site can actually understand, so I guess if you want to see the video, you’ll have to visit their site. Seems kind of petty to me, but hey, they took the time and expense to make it.
Link The video


Resources for Artists

You’ll find useful resources on this page that will help you create whatever you would like to create. It doesn’t matter if you’re a web designer or a sculptor we will add great sites and links that we think will help you create whatever you want. Leave a comment if you have a suggestion for a site?


 Photo & Video Stock:

I’ve only used this site a few times, but when I needed great, quality, high resolution images, it is probably one of the best.From their site, “Find your perfect free image or video to download and use for anything. ✓ Free for commercial use ✓ No attribution required ✓ High quality images.”



I haven’t used this site very much except to get ideas for images to add to my projects. Their description is, “Download free images from 4 Free Photos stock photo library.



I use this site for my video work. They have some great video stock. Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Pexels license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.

Library of Congress: Catalog

Although much of the stock has copyright restrictions, a large portion is free to use. This is a great site!Find material in the Library’s collections of books, periodicals, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources. Search by keyword or browse for authors/creators, subjects, names/titles, uniform titles, and call numbers.


 Web Design:


This is my goto site for inspiration and ideas about adding interactivity to the sites I design. In other words, I can’t say enough good things about CoDrops. From their description:Codrops is a web design and development blog that publishes articles and tutorials about the latest web trends, techniques and new possibilities.


 Video/After Effects:


From his YouTube page, “Here you’ll find “quality” Adobe After Effects tutorials. And by quality I mean “things I would have found useful when I was starting out in motion graphics”. I’ve been using After Effects since 1995, which is longer than the average YouTube viewer has been alive

Film Riot

This is one of my favorites, I’ve been a fan for over 10 years and I enjoy their videos just to watch Ryan and his group. From their YouTube page, “Film Riot is a how-to trip through filmmaking from the hyper-active mind of Ryan Connolly. From how to make great effects to following Triune Films through production, Film Riot explores the art of filmmaking in a way you’ve never seen.