iMessage Lil’ Bear Stickers

Introducing “Lil’ Bear” stickers for iMessage! This sticker pack features 48 static and unique expressions that are whimsical and gender-neutral. They also scale, rotate, and layer however you like. Visit iTunes to download or even gift ’em!

Want to make a recommendation for the next release? Lets hear it! Just use (kevin@umamidesign.com) to share your thoughts.

Zine Template + Layout Document

While preparing materials for a workshop recently I created a leave-behind, a summary of sorts, in zine format. Given the effort behind this zine it seems only fitting to share source files. So if you’re looking for a digital solution that turns a standard, 8.5”x11” letter-size into an 8-panel zine this may help.

THE STORYBOARD TEMPLATE (PDF)150622_zine-storyboard

This first document, which amounts to a single zine page (1 of 8), is a planning document. Print as many as you like and work directly on it. Just remember, ultimately you’re going to need 8 of these to call it good. Once you’re satisfied with your content simply scan the pages and use the InDesign document to help position each page.

THE LAYOUT DOCUMENT (.IND & IDML)

 

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The second document, which is the InDesign file, merely positions each image for easy printing. Those unfamiliar with InDesign may consider overwriting the existing zine images (“Links / …jpg” ) with their own scanned pages to instantly position content. However, if you’re familiar with InDesign…well, you know what to do.

Finally, due to the inherent variation in printer specifications there’s no guarantee an edge won’t get a lil’ chopped. If this happens I trust you know your printer well enough to, say, scale things down a bit. Trust I hope it prints perfectly though.

Enjoy!

Download » Zine Storyboard Template (PDF – 50 KB)
Download » Zine Layout Template (INDD – 1.6 MB)

“Teen Zine Workshop” – Zine Instructions


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Here’s a downloadable version of the zine used in the LaughFest GR and AIGA WMTeen Zine Workshop” held in both Holland and Grand Rapids. The content is formatted for an introductory-level audience yet shareable under the Creative Commons “Attribution-NonCommercial” license. So have fun distributing it if you like.

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Download » “The Secret to Making Zines(PDF / 1.2 MB)

And if you’re new to zines, and need alil’ help with folding, simply refer to this post for instructions. Enjoy!

 

Zines!

Recently I was introduced to zines at the “Grand Rapids Zinefest.” And, honestly, walking into the event I had no idea what to expect. Yet by the time I left I was dying to make a zine. In fact, I was ready to mass produce and offer ’em up for $0.25 a piece. Unfortunately, various projects blocked those efforts and I’m still waiting to take a proper swing at it.

So until time permits I’m offering the following piece. Which amounts to ,well, an inside joke. One between a certain amazing artist :) and myself. Anyhow, the piece below was drawn directly onto a single, folded, letter-size piece of paper and illustrated with a brush pen. Plus alil’ Copic action. Otherwise that’s it. Enjoy.

The tiny, epic cover.
Learning the instruments

Okay, lets go. Vroom. Vrooming. Vroom. Screeeeech. Om'n.

Wanna make your own? Well here’s folding instructions for a tiny 8-pager like the one above.

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So feel free to download the instructions shown above (“8-Page Zine Folding Instructions” / 1MB .jpg) or go digital with the templates below.

» InDesign CC “8-page mini zine template (480KB – compressed .ind)
» Illustrator CC “8-page mini zine template(473KB – compressed .ai)
» DWG “8-page mini zine template” (22KB – compressed .dwg)
» PDF “8-page mini zine template” 
(55KB .pdf)

Happy zining!

New Storyboard Templates

I recently updated my storyboarding template and thought I’d share the results. Here’s a list of the frames available followed by the download:

  • 800 x 600
  • 800 x 600 (4 frames)
  • 1600 x 1200
  • 1440 x 900
  • 700 x 550
  • 1280 x 1024
  • iPad 4 (horizontal)
  • iPad 4 (vertical)
  • iPad 4 (horizontal / 4 frames)
  • iPad 4 (vertical / 4 frames)
  • iPad 5 (horizontal)
  • iPad 5 (vertical)
  • iPad 5 (horizontal / 4 frames)
  • iPad 5 (vertical / 4 frames)
  • 10 x 7.5
  • 4:3 aspect (4 frames)
  • 4:3 aspect (8 frames)
  • 4:3 aspect (12 frames)
  • 720 x 480
  • 720 x 540
  • 720 x 576
  • Super 35mm
  • Academy 25mm
  • 1.85.1 widescreen
  • 1.85.1 widescreen / rounded edges
  • Square
  • Square (6 frames)

» Download “Storyboards Templates” (.pdf / 600KB)

“30 Day Drawing Challenge”

I recently participated in a “30 Day Drawing Challenge” that was very enjoyable. However, I noticed there weren’t many deviations available from the one I followed. So, naturally, that meant it was time to create one. Which actually got reeeeally involved for a bit. But anyhow…*clearing throat*…here’s where the efforts landed.


Understandably, the above image is low-res so print-friendly options include:

» Download this “30 Day Drawing Challenge” (hi-res .jpg / 1MB)
» Visit the HTML version.

Enjoy!

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