…I am Ed.
My name is Ed Adams, and I’m a designer, an illustrator, an artist, and if you want to play the title game - I’m an Art Director. I work in the NJ / NYC metro area and create things that people look at everyday; on the street and on the internet, I’ve worked on projects with the big budgets of fortune 500s to less lucrative jobs for bands and record labels. I thrive on both print and interactive; I’m able to handle everything from concept to flash development and I can act as a liaison between creative and technology with my working knowledge of both backend and frontend code [hopefully saving everyone a few years on their life expectancy]. I’m painfully organized, obsessed with “a christmas story”, and I can’t stand it when my glass coffee table has smudges. Ultimately, it all comes down to one thing: I love to make pictures.

If you’d like to talk about what kind of picture you need made [static or interactive], or you just want to talk about my typography, drop me a line at ed[at]flickertoflame.com and we can sit down, drink some tea, and have a chat.

Plus, you can always track my every move @ twitter (if I’m not being lazy) or head on over to LinkedIn for more professional info. Plus, you can always view the main purpose of flickertoflame.com: my portfolio.

wacomAnother post I made recently on creativebits.org made me want to quickly share my thoughts on my longtime addiction to the Wacom Intuos3 tablet. I must say, that when I first got it, I was convinced that it was a bit frivolous and that it was something I would use strictly for retouching and Adobe Illustrator. Let me say this bluntly: I was wrong. Very, very wrong.

The Wacom tablet (I have the 6″x11″, which is essential for my dual monitor setup) has become a complete replacement for the standard mouse. In fact, I’ve removed myself so far from the mouse, that it’s become awkward to use at this point—like trying to draw with my fingers taped together.  I don’t mean to make this too much of a sales pitch for Wacom, since I’m getting nothing for this, but I want to share my thoughts with other designers that may begin to read this blog.  There seems to be some wonder and apprehension associated with using a tablet as the main form of manipulation for just photoshop, let alone the rest of everyday activities on your computer, but let me tell you that after a day or two of using the tablet strictly, you will realize that it has become an extension of your hand. It’s astonishing how fluid and organic all my processes become on my machine—everything from using exposé to writing code becomes quicker, easier, and generally more natural of a process. Anything that brings more of a human touch to a generally restricting computer architecture is OK in my book.

Give it a shot, and if you decide you don’t like it, I think you’re doing something wrong.

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