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The all new Building 13

It’s Launch Day!

We currently live in a time of great promise, but also great upheaval, in the web design world, that is. From desktop to iPad to tablet to Android to iPhone to Blackberry (ugh), the many new facets of how a website must adapt are almost limitless and sometimes overwhelming. With the maiden voyage onto the information superhighway of (beta), we took our first crack at harnessing these some of these new facets and creating a great experience to showcase some of our talents.

Well, without further ado:


Simplicity, usability & responsiveness were at the forefront of our design process. Below are some highlights of the site we’d like to explain a little more:

Intuitive Keyboard Navigation (desktop only)

While this style of navigation is fairly trendy on the widest world of webs at the moment, we fell in love with it and insisted on implementing it on our site. Right up top we explain the “rules of the game” so to speak, so they’re easy for you to experiment with. While using this “new way” of navigation, we hope the user comes to the realization that the up-down + left-right arrow keys mimic those of the “swipe” motions in touch devices. We believe providing this makes a bridge to a more harmonious experience from desktop to iPad to iPhone. That doesn’t mean you can’t just scroll away with your mouse though… by all means, go right ahead.

Device Agnostic Design

Otherwise known as responsive web design, this philosophy seems to be a supremely polarizing one in the web design community. In our humble opinion, while there is a time and place for everything, RWD should be implemented as a strategic engineering approach, not just as a strict presentation solution. We wanted our site to adjust itself to compliment this changing environment in our field. This is a really important topic to us and the rest of the community. We look forward to chime in with some thoughts in the future.

We will continue to tweak and build upon this beta launch of our website, adding a project archive, search function and Spotify playlist (so you can jam with us) to name a few. In the end, if you like our work and enjoyed your experience navigating through it, we will be like this. Let us know what you think of the site, for better or for worse, below in the comments or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks for your time in advance, cheers!


Alternate Blinking Layers in After Effects

I was looking for a simple way to alternate 2 layers for a simple flapping cape animation.

I came across this expression to set a layer to blink. I figured out how to modify it for the effect I wanted.

Add the following expressions to opacity:

Layer 1
blinkSpeed = 2;
t = (Math.cos (blinkSpeed*time*Math.PI*2)+1)/2;
v = linear(t, 0, 1, 0, 1);

Layer 1
blinkSpeed = 2;
t = (Math.cos (blinkSpeed*time*Math.PI*2)+1)/2;
v = linear(t, 1, 0, 1, 0);

Notice the change to the “v=linear” number order.

I’m sure this is out there somewhere but I couldn’t find it.