picture of Nathan Nasby

My Story

Rules are there for a reason, but once they're understood, they're there to be broken

- Nathan Nasby quote icon

I enjoy doing what everyone thinks is the impossible. What others might think is a silly idea I say could be the best digital experience. A tool made for a specific purpose can be used for an execution entirely new and different. I am a New Media Design student at RIT whose goal is to push the envelope and challenge the very idea of what can be done. The curiosity that prompted the younger me to use NetBSD on a SEGA Dreamcast is the same curiosity that allows me to use animation and modeling in a way that was never thought plausible.

I am from Oviedo, FL and I like to read, draw, make clay figures, and visit roadside attractions. When I'm in Rochester, I enjoy snowball fights and fort making during the Winter.

Le Cancre: Animated Retelling

The big problem

communicate the meaning of Jacques Prevert's poem, Le Cancre, through animation in just 30 seconds.

The big solution

Go with the route of a children's drawing style that communicates the poem's theme of disobedience, dismissal of authority, and the satisfaction of ignorance.

  page 1 of the moodboard for this project  

The next big step: research & storyboard

 

Part of the research includes doing styleboards. Here, I take images from other existing animated content that achieves the same goal of this project and put them all in one document for evaluation and assessment. Here, I especially liked the geometric yet thin lined style of Phantom Boy (2015) as well as another work featuring a more painterly feel. I ended basing my style for this animation on these two approaches. However, I didn't like the geometric feel of Phantom, hence I gave my animation more of a squiggly vision look (in slight resembelence to Home Movies and Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist)

After I completed this storyboard, I began to realize that this style communicated in these sketches looked perhaps too sophomoric in tone.


page 1 of the storyboard for this project
page 2 of the storyboard for this project

final design for this project  

The moment before the moment of truth (new character design & styleframes!)

After looking at some more inspirations, I ended up with these character design for both the student and teacher in the short. I decided to blend both the childish squiggly lines and the round bouncy shape of his body to give a fun, warm feeling to the adaption of the poem.

 

These styleframes were painted in Photoshop to show the instructor and other classmates what the initial concept would look like before the process of animating began

styleframe 1 of this project
styleframe 2 of this project

Finally, the moment of truth

 

An animatic was made just to get the timing right before starting the final animation


Playmobil Fun Screen

The big problem

The average Playmobil adult male does not have a simple, black-and-white interface that can allow him to marry the love of his life without headache or complexity.

The big solution

Create a straightforward experience with large text, rounded serifs, and bulky buttons that will allow the Playmobil male to automatically marry his soulmate automatically picked out for him by the playform. Also, the interface can by used by any adult Playmobil figure not molded with fingers. Yes, they don't have fingers.


page 1 of the research document for this project

The next big step: comparative analysis

Playmobil figures are very similar, physically and intellectually, to other toy races and cultures such as Lego Minifigs and GI-Joes. One episode of The Simpsons I looked at for inspiration was Brick Like Me which looks at an alterative universe of Springfield where all of the characters behave and think as Lego Minifigs. Another inspiration was the UI style of the 1980s Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy BBC Series. While minifigs exhibit similar childlike sensibilities, they differ from Playmobil people in terms of tolerance of real world senarios. Playmobil people are made in Germany, and they're sold to demographics much younger than the demographis targeted by The Lego Group. Playmobil people are also made for pretend play, not construction. They're completely against the words butt, dude, awesome, and ice cream. In the world of Playmobil, topics regarding popular movies and catchphrases are an absolute no-no.


page 2 of the research document for this project
page 3 of the research document for this project
page 3 of the research document for this project

composition one for this project
composition two for this project

Before starting the magic animation machine: preliminary compositions

I do these to get the hierarchy just right before the big red After Effects button is pushed to start the process. And once the animation is done in the kitchen, it goes to YouTube.


Goofy Lava Lamp CAD Replica

The big problem

Create a replica of an existing project that features a light in CAD so that it can be 3D printed and manufactured again. The replica also need to include joints and animation for the assembly

The big solution

Create a sketch first with the photo of the original product, then plan how each part will be modeled. Finally, we have a replica with an animated movie.



sketch of the goofy lava lamp
reference of the original lava lamp from Diznoid Toys

The next big step: sketch

First, I found the image of the original product for educational purposes. Courtesy of Diznoid Toys (Link). Then, based on this image, I sketched out the same model with all the parts and mechanics labeled.

fifth rendering of the lava lamp
fifth rendering of the lava lamp

Early renderings: from start to finish

At various points in the modeling stage, I then rendered the images Fusion 360 that record just how the model went from just a sculpture block to the full replica. Here are all the renderings in all their glory. Click on the thumbnails for a full view.


third rendering of the lava lamp
fourth rendering of the lava lamp
fifth rendering of the lava lamp

screen for the Ford Autonomous Vehicle Concept

Ford & Google Ride Autonomous Vehicle Concept

The Big Problem

As autonmous, self-driving vehicles become the norm in the year 2050, car companies will begin to struggle selling cars as consumers forgo insurance and the risks associated with being on the road

The Big Solution

Now that Ford Motor Company only has two regular vehicles in their line, the company is in need of a solution for the autonomous versions of these vehicles that can be lent to services such as Uber & Lyft. By bringing out these self-driving cars to consumers as a service, Ford Motor Company will be able to make an enormous profit by responding to this new phenomenon



Car crash image

Photo courtesy of Pixabay, VladArtist

Allstate image

Photo courtesy of Allstate Insurance

Background Information: The Senario (and "Why?") of This Project

Here is the senario taken from the official project directions written by New Media Design Professor Joel Rosen:

"Over 70K people die in traffic fatalities in the US every year. Over 90% of the accidents are the result of human errors. As systems capable of safely managing transportation are developed, the human role in operating individual vehicles will be reduced to that of the passenger, simply providing destinations and other requests. When faced with the prospect of relinquishing control of the vehicle, the passengers trust in the operating system must be substantial in order to accept the change..."

Reason for Choice of Brand & User Interface Style (The Response to the Problem)

Besides Ford being a classic car company, their blue color scheme and the fact that Ford was the first car company to include touchscreen interfaces in their vehicles was the main reason for choosing to build a solution around the Ford brand rather than the brands of other car manufacturers. Blue also symbolizes trust, peace, order, and loyalty in Psychology (Judy Scott-Kemmis, Empowerd By Color). As a result, this project was an opportunity to capitalize on Ford's color identity by making such a brand relevent to this soon to be reality

In the future, the color blue will represent a different kind of loyalty. Not to the insurance company or the driver, but to the vehicle itself


Sketch for project   Second sketch for project

It all started with drawings

To get an early idea of what my proposed design solution for Ford would look like, I did some preliminary sketches based on the manufacturer's current branding for their touchscreen based interface for their vehicles














*Proposed look for the speech icon when registering what a rider is saying

Workflow (Procedural Process)

Workflow for project

User Stories

user stories for project

Wireframes

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Wireframe screen 4

Preliminary Comps

Preliminary comp screen 1
Preliminary comp screen 2
Preliminary comp screen 3
Preliminary comp screen 4

Final Comps

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Project Deck (Click to View)


The Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln Project (for iPad)

The Big Problem

High School students today are failing to engage and become interested in America's history

The Big Solution

Make an engaging iPad app for High School students that teaches them the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln

Sketches

Sketch 1
Sketch 2
Sketch 3
Sketch 4

Final Comps

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Hi!

My name is Nathan, and I like cool and smooth animations and so does your audience