You recently relocated from Montana. Why did you decide to move to Massachusetts? What has been the biggest adjustment?
It was an easy decision to move to Boston. Before I lived in Montana I was living in Chicago, and after moving away from the city I realized that the pace of city living was very healthy for me. On top of that, I’ve long been drawn to the east coast and the Appalachian Mountains, which my brother and I plan to hike through at some point, but I love nothing more than living in the city during the week.
The biggest adjustment has been having to lock my car doors. Not only did I never lock my car doors in Montana, but I would leave the keys in the car and it wasn’t ever a problem. Actually, my car doors didn’t even lock; I had to get that fixed while I was driving from MT to MA.
What are you most looking forward to while working at Neoscape?
I’m most looking forward to taking on motion graphics projects, creating beautiful videos with our RED camera, and above all else, taking the throne as the office pingpong champion.
We hear you have professional expertise in areas such as editing, motion graphics and photography, to name a few. Where do you turn for design inspiration in these areas?
Each of these areas of study often help to inspire one another. For instance, while taking photos I’ll imagine graphics within the composition, and then if I like that composition enough I’ll also capture video and make short edits with the graphics that I was dreaming up. I try to stay inspired by creating short projects in my free time, even if they’ll never be seen by anyone else, because it helps me to feel as if I’m staying mentally and technically sharp.
When you’re not busy working in the film department at Neoscape, what do you like to do for fun?
I’m easily entertained, so I can pass a day by doing just about anything—depending on the season. As long as there isn’t too much ice on the ground I can be found biking or running, usually with my dog. During the winter I grab my snowboard and head into the mountains. When I’m not running around I try to spend as much time drawing, hand lettering, and water coloring.
Speaking of fun, do you have any exciting plans for the summer now that you’re in New England?
I plan to spend most every weekend in the mountains, climbing and camping.
Neoscape employees have pretty eclectic tastes when it comes to beer…There’s always something new in the kegerator. On that note, what’s your favorite type of beer?
I’m a huge fan of IPA’s… the higher the IBU, the better.
What would your last meal be?
I should have answered this question after lunch. Probably a huge Indian dish… with garlic naan.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
As I am sure most of you are aware, in light of the horrible tragedy at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Boston has taken on the slogan “Boston Strong” to bring the community together during this troubling time. As so many others did, having a lot of friends and family close to the explosion sites, it really rocks your world and shows you that things can change in the blink of an eye.
Walking around the city you will see various tributes to this message and moment expressed on t-shirts and with graffiti, digital signage, chalk drawings and memorials. Thanks to Neoscape, I have viewed myself as a member of the Boston design/creative community, which has shown me a lot and brought much to my life. To give back I decided to design a piece that not only shows the Boston Strong message, but also the message I believe stands behind what it means to be Boston Strong.
Accent - Known the world over as the “Boston accent,” we are initiated through our voice as a collective city. Of course we hear the jokes and impersonations that leave Harvard resembling a parking lot, but we still carry a strength to our voice and a sense of pride for our accent.
Teams - It says something special about a city’s love for sports when everyone in town is a “die-hard.” The simple tag of fan does not even suit the passion that most people here have for their teams. We use the sports teams around us to help show that we are in fact Boston Strong. Attending games at the Garden or Fenway these past few weeks you saw celebrations and memorials to our beautiful city, and the scar that was left, helping us love these teams just a little bit more.
People - Travel the world and you will find nobody stronger than those from Boston. Even Steven Colbert showed the strengths of Bostonians that we can laugh and smile at. We have a strong sense of community and fellowship that makes being in Boston something special.
Hearts - Last but not least, these past few weeks have shown what the hearts of many can do for our city. We overcame such a tragedy that has never happened here before; lives were lost, changed and moved by the actions of two men who found us as a target. However, by the collective hearts of our community, those lives that were lost will always be remembered, and the changed lives will be guided along. We were all moved and will continue to be.
Please help us welcome Aislynn Sherry, a new project coordinator, to the Boston team! Keep reading to discover what she likes to do for fun, her favorite beer, and why she’s excited to be at Neoscape, among other fun facts. Welcome to the Neoscape team Aislynn!
Q: We hear you have a degree in architecture. What got you interested in that field and have you always had an eye for design?
I wasn’t always set on pursuing an architecture degree, but throughout high school when deciding what colleges to apply to and which degrees to consider, I kept thinking back to the time when my parents decided to move and build a house. I remember sitting for hours with my mom looking at house plans and drawing over almost all of them making many changes and how much I enjoyed doing that. So I can’t say I’ve always had an eye for design (because my edits as a 6th grader were usually not feasible) but I have always had a love for it.
Q: What are you most looking forward to while working at Neoscape?
I am most looking forward to exploring this avenue of the architecture world that I have never been a part of before. The work Neoscape produces is one-of-a -kind and something that I was never aware of pre-graduation. I am very excited to further my career as a project coordinator and very thankful to be given this opportunity in such a creative environment.
Q: Where do you turn for architectural design inspiration?
Usually, if I ever need inspiration, I will go for a walk or drive to look at something I have studied before, but in a different perspective. Sometimes I also go someplace completely random to see what I can find. My favorite place to go is Newport, RI; it has a variety traditional and modern architecture along with some breathtaking mansions.
Q: When you’re not busy designing cool buildings or working as a project coordinator at Neoscape, what do you like to do for fun?
What girl doesn’t like to shop and go to the beach? But on top of those, something that I very much enjoy, but lately haven’t had the time to do, is paint. In high school and college I enjoyed taking extra painting courses and even doing some work at home on the side. My favorite medium is oil-based paint and I am hoping to get back to painting regularly very soon.
Q: Do you have any other favorite activities?
For the past eight years of my life my fall seasons have been dedicated to playing field hockey, so that would have to be my other favorite activity. Now that I am not playing competitively, I will hopefully find a local league to play in.
Q: Neoscape employees have pretty eclectic tastes when it comes to beer…There’s always something new in the kegerator. On that note, what’s your favorite type of beer?
I can’t say that I have tasted a variety of beers but my favorites would have to be Blue Moon and Shipyard Pumpkinhead.
Q: What would your last meal be?
A caprese salad with chicken Parmesan and a glass of white wine.
Q: What’s on your go-to music playlist?
When I tell you I listen to a variety I am being completely honest (I know it sounds generic). Some of my favorite artists though would have to be Alicia Keys, B.o.B., Michael Jackson, and for those of you who don’t already know, Nicki Minaj is up there too.
Stop reading this if you want to live. Whoops – wrong blog post. But since you’re already here and it’s cold outside – let me try again: If the mullet did not exist there would be no +BOB app. That’s better. And true, as it turns out.
Soon after our 2011 Holiday film wrapped, Rod MacLeod asked me if there was any way to add the film to an application for Apple’s App Store. I thought it was a great idea to get the film out there but knew Apple would not likely approve such an app. There needs to be a reason for the app to exist on people’s devices for Apple to approve. An app that played a movie and nothing more may not make the cut. Which is why the “My Cat Says Obama” video app is in review limbo.
Back to our story.
The Interactive Group / Experience Reanimators (TIG/ER) at Neoscape needed to think of a way to make a +BOB app useful to the general public beyond as a vehicle for our holiday film. Enter the mullet.
A demo-app for internal use allowed mullets to be applied to photos. Take a photo, select a mullet and save. Quite funny actually, unless you are applying a mullet filter over someone who already has a mullet and then your phone explodes.
We realized that by slightly tweaking the way the mullet application worked we could get something to Apple relatively quickly. A meeting with the 3D department (did you know we do 3D? Interesting – most people think of us an interactive shop) produced over 20 +BOB poses to integrate. Finally some clean and simple graphic design, Facebook integration, usability testing (thanks, Seth) and we were done. Then we added a way to send in your photos. That needed a website. Then we decided to let people rate each photo. More coding.
Over 1,000 downloads and photo submissions later, and we can say that people in warm weather climates like putting a snowman in situations where he will slowly bleed to death. And also, kids really like snowmen.
Learn more about Bob Brr and see other +BOB photos here