Fun with comics (or storyboards!)

9 Mar 2009 - 12:09am
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DanP
2006

I was hunting around tonight and found a link to this site:

http://stripgenerator.com/create/

...it struck me that a simple site like this with basic human shapes
would be great for quick story-boarding on the fly. I use Illustrator
and a full set of images that I've created over the years - but I can
see something like this being useful for non-pro's who want to express
ideas. I enjoyed the interface as well!

No connection to the site, just a fun find.

Best,
-Dan

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9 Mar 2009 - 12:16am
DanP
2006

Well, what the heck, I sent the site creators a quick note to see if
they would be interested in an expanded version of the site
specifically for interaction design :-) Looks like a fun little tool!
Have fun,

Best,
-Dan

On Mar 8, 2009, at 10:09 PM, dnp607 wrote:

> I was hunting around tonight and found a link to this site:
>
> http://stripgenerator.com/create/
>
> ...it struck me that a simple site like this with basic human shapes
> would be great for quick story-boarding on the fly. I use
> Illustrator and a full set of images that I've created over the
> years - but I can see something like this being useful for non-pro's
> who want to express ideas. I enjoyed the interface as well!
>
> No connection to the site, just a fun find.
>
> Best,
> -Dan
>
>
>
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9 Mar 2009 - 2:07am
DanP
2006

Hi Troy,

I was thinking it would be great to have a palette of images including
(though just off the top of my head):

- Generic human forms in different states of standing, sitting,
walking etc.
- Generic human hands in different states of action - pressing,
tapping, etc...
- Generic user Interface elements such as buttons, windows, sliders
etc...
- Office space elements such as desks, chairs, tabletops...
- Generic cell phones, keypads, mice and other input devices
- Different types of frames to which items above could fit into, like
comic book frames; various motifs like window frames?

If these items were vector-exportable, even better.

The real benefit here would be the objects themselves, but also the
quick and easy framework they could fit into.

Honestly, I have hundred (maybe thousands) of images I've vectorized -
usually from photos of myself, my surroundings or items I have,
converted into Illustrator - but a good framework to assemble them
that I could give to my co-workers to express their ideas (they don't
use or want to learn Illustrator) would be excellent!

Best,
-Dan

On Mar 8, 2009, at 10:56 PM, Troy Gardner wrote:

> I've built things identical to it, curious what shapes would you want?

9 Mar 2009 - 10:05am
Michael Micheletti
2006

Check out Pippo Lionni's "Facts of Life" font from Linotype. He's one of my
personal design heros. It's really fun to play with these images.
http://www.linotype.com/275/linotypefactsoflife.html

Michael Micheletti

On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 12:07 AM, dnp607 <dnp607 at pacbell.net> wrote:

>
> Hi Troy,
>
> I was thinking it would be great to have a palette of images including
> (though just off the top of my head):
>
> - Generic human forms in different states of standing, sitting, walking
> etc.
> - Generic human hands in different states of action - pressing, tapping,
> etc...
> - Generic user Interface elements such as buttons, windows, sliders etc...
> - Office space elements such as desks, chairs, tabletops...
> - Generic cell phones, keypads, mice and other input devices
> - Different types of frames to which items above could fit into, like comic
> book frames; various motifs like window frames?
>
> If these items were vector-exportable, even better.
>
> The real benefit here would be the objects themselves, but also the quick
> and easy framework they could fit into.
>
> Honestly, I have hundred (maybe thousands) of images I've vectorized -
> usually from photos of myself, my surroundings or items I have, converted
> into Illustrator - but a good framework to assemble them that I could give
> to my co-workers to express their ideas (they don't use or want to learn
> Illustrator) would be excellent!
>
> Best,
> -Dan
>
> On Mar 8, 2009, at 10:56 PM, Troy Gardner wrote:
>
> I've built things identical to it, curious what shapes would you want?
>>
>
>
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9 Mar 2009 - 11:04am
Adrian Howard
2005

On 9 Mar 2009, at 07:07, dnp607 wrote:

>
> Hi Troy,
>
> I was thinking it would be great to have a palette of images
> including (though just off the top of my head):
[snip]

You might want to lake at these:

http://designcomics.org/

A bunch of trez useful assets for exactly that sort of thing.

Cheers,

Adrian

9 Mar 2009 - 10:01am
Anonymous

Here's one I use for creating scenarios. Designed for schools,
they're also working on a business version.

www.pixton.com

cheers,
pat

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9 Mar 2009 - 11:31am
Candy Bernhardt
2009

Check out bitstrips.com (http://bitstrips.com/)!

It has robust facial features, ability to 3d rotate and pose the
person, background scenes, props, etc. I had suggested to our
internal team to use it for storyboards and it got some good internal
reviews.

Also, heard great things about Comic Life by plasq. It is mainly for
mac, but there is a windows version here:
http://plasq.com/comiclife-win In addition to balloon thoughts, it
has a great tool you can use with real images that applies a filter
to make it look comic like if you wish.

Hope this helps!

Candy B

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9 Mar 2009 - 12:51pm
Adrian Howard
2005

On 9 Mar 2009, at 09:31, Candy wrote:

> Also, heard great things about Comic Life by plasq. It is mainly for
> mac, but there is a windows version here:
> http://plasq.com/comiclife-win In addition to balloon thoughts, it
> has a great tool you can use with real images that applies a filter
> to make it look comic like if you wish.

A second recommendation for Comic Life - really handy for making
something that "looks" like a comic very quickly and easily.

(this is from using the Mac version - never used the PC one)

Adrian
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9 Mar 2009 - 2:32pm
DanP
2006

Very useful, thanks Adrian. I love that they have Vector versions
available too - these will prove quite useful. Pixton looks to be
quite interesting too, thank you Pat - checking it out this afternoon.

Candy: Bitstrips is interesting. The interface is a bit more daunting
for the first timer, but I'm going to see if my group likes it.

Best,
-Dan

On Mar 9, 2009, at 9:04 AM, Adrian Howard wrote:

>
> On 9 Mar 2009, at 07:07, dnp607 wrote:
>
>>
>> Hi Troy,
>>
>> I was thinking it would be great to have a palette of images
>> including (though just off the top of my head):
> [snip]
>
> You might want to lake at these:
>
> http://designcomics.org/
>
> A bunch of trez useful assets for exactly that sort of thing.
>

11 Mar 2009 - 3:54am
martinpolley
2007

Hi Adrian,

Have you ever managed to open any of the "scenes" files (
http://designcomics.org/scenes.html)? I have never succeeded (despite
waiting several hours).

Cheers,

Martin Polley
Technical writer, interaction designer
+972 52 3864280
Twitter: martinpolley
<http://capcloud.com/>

On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 6:04 PM, Adrian Howard <adrianh at quietstars.com>wrote:

>
> You might want to lake at these:
>
> http://designcomics.org/
>
> A bunch of trez useful assets for exactly that sort of thing.
>

12 Mar 2009 - 10:09am
antonella sassu
2009

Hi! For the quick scenarios I use pixton.com or goanimate.com! :-)

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14 Mar 2009 - 2:44pm
Jerome Ryckborst
2007

I definitely see the storyboarding potential, here!

My wish list: you can't look at things from any other perspective
than full on. I wish it was possible to change the colour of objects
from black to grey objects, where grey denotes things that are
receded into the background. Goats? Pigs? A few more workplace-type
objects would be great. You can build your own, but then I wish you
could group those objects, and copy them from one frame to another.

I just love how, when you put objects in a series of frames, people
fill in the story.

Here is a silly "storyboard" I made, involving pigs and a goat:
http://stripgenerator.com/strip/219136/

-=- Jerome

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