Digital Learning Sketches -- Old Index Pages
This is a collection of items that used to be on this site's index page over the course of years.
These pages aren't master works, and generally aren't complete ideas. They're more like different pages from old sketchbooks that I wanted to keep -- they are a window into some of my learning areas at different times. I like to keep them around because it reminds me that I've worked on some ideas for a long time -- that I've failed (and succeeded) on some of them to different degrees.
Most of these index pages are probably only interesting to me, which I'm fine with. There is#mysteryMeat everywhere! ;)
You'll require the flash plugin to view many of the old items.
2007 - Index Pages
Art was becoming a way that I could support myself without design. It was a great feeling, until the fall came and in one week I had my hard drive crash and my back up stolen, leaving me with nothing I'd ever made, shot, or created. I stopped making index pages after that. I came really close to giving up art & design completely.
2006 - Index Pages
I got a mortgage, published a book, and started to have art really pay off. The police were starting to hassle me for a few projects, but otherwise things were great.
2005 - Index Pages
This was probably the best year of my life. I lived in Montreal for half the year, met some amazing people, and pushed myself artistically in the studio. "Work" got to take the back burner and I really got to explore where I wanted to go in life and with art. Climbing buildings won!
2004 - Index Pages
Work started to dominate my agenda, but it allowed me to start spending a lot of time traveling and in Montreal. Art shows and graffiti beef became very large parts of my life.
I had a bad experience with a girl in my first year of university who threatened to kill my girlfriend. It kind of ruined this gesture. Communicating with the deaf became extremely important around this time.
2003 - Index Pages
I started trying to use my voice more in design, getting into political ideas -- and getting into trouble as a result. It didn't seem to matter though, as I got larger contracts from all over North America looking for "your weird stuff" so I must have been doing something right.
The direction of the web was becoming predictable. Gmunk wasn't going to win. Flash was going to lose. Netflix and Tindr were easily foreseeable. This was kind of a sad time for the maturation of the internet.
2002 - Index Pages
I started getting a little bit dap for the design work I was doing. I got more comfortable with all the technical tools and as seeing the web as a complex narrative environment. This was a big time in my development as an artist and as a designer. I got to work for film and TV, and people started seeking me out to build fun projects. It was a very rewarding year.
2001 - Index Pages
I realized really early in this year that I didn't want to continue fashion photography. I loved taking photos of objects/people in their natural environment -- it contained much more storytelling. I had a photo studio in the garage and a dark room in my kitchen; this was a big learning period for Joel and I. Lots of repetition and note taking. Lots of thanks to Ozzie Mansour for all his mentoring.
2000 - Index Pages
These contain a lot of flash learning, and trying to figure out how to create an interesting presentation using my video and photo work. It's also a transition from thinking of design as super corporate advertising to more of an artistic outlet.
Old Versions of toqueboy.com
These are old versions of the site that Johan happened to find on some of the assorted servers we had. I wish we'd have found some of the earlier stuff, and there's definitely a lot of broken links, but it's kind of fun for me to look back on. I sure did a bad job of selling my important work and also tilted towards the little stuff. Weird.