What an amazing experience it has been thus far being able to watch the NBA Finals in-person. Rather than going on and on about how fortunate I feel, and how proud I am of my brother- who works in the front-office for one of the greatest sports franchises ever, I’ll leave you with my Vine from last night’s game. Definitely a moment I’ll never forget.
Go Spurs Go!
Calm Before The Storm
Moon Over Mercers
High-fives and fist-bumps have always been a great expression for celebrating teamwork within sports, so why not also in the health care setting?
This is a still image from my latest work- an animation that highlights the importance of teamwork within the healthcare setting. It involves a series of high-fives and fist-bumps being exchanged among the members of a medical team, all celebrating a successful appointment with their patient, Gramma Lois.
When looking for high-fives and fist-bumps to use as inspiration, I remembered the “This Is Sports Center” commercial where Robinson Cano walks around the ESPN office, high-fiving staff members the same way he does his Yankee teammates.
What I enjoyed about this were the intricacies of the high-fives and how well they were executed. Each exchange, different than the other, was done with such confidence they gave the impression of a well-run team working together. The familiarity between Cano and his co-workers was what I wanted to convey among the medical team and Lois in my animation.
While animating and illustrating, another ESPN commercial that caught my attention was WatchESPN’s “Clutch” campaign. It was based around two guys high-fiving, celebrating how “clutch” it was to be able to watch college hoops anytime via the WatchESPN app.
The style in which the commercial’s high-fives and fist-bumps are animated resembled what I had in mind for the teaming animation- short, simple movements with the detail being in the routine. Pictured above is the nurse and doctor exchanging a fist-bump in the hallway.
Whether it’s in sports, health care or any other industry, high-fives and fist-bumps have always been seen as a celebratory gesture. It is in the details of the exchange where you notice the essence of teamwork. Each routine has been practiced and perfected over time.
The next time you watch a baseball or basketball game, keep an eye out for the high-fives and fist-bumps to see how detailed they get- you might notice more teamwork than you did before.
Sometime back in the fall, a random British dude emailed me and said he was riding his bike across America, interviewing people along the way, and that when he got to LA he wanted to interview me. I told him that if he biked all the way across the country, he could by all means interview me. It was a great conversation, and he inspired me with his journey. His name is Dave Gill, and this is his project, Vague Direction.
And here is a glimpse at some of the interview.
Whether it’s through books, articles, videos, or podcasts, I’ve always been a fan of behind-the-scenes and career-path stories. Ruben Fleischer is someone whose work and passion I’ve admired, so I obviously enjoyed this Vague Direction story on him.
“Vague Direction is an 11,000 mile bicycle-powered documentary publishing project, that aims to look at why people make lifestyle decisions in the way they do. It’s a simple concept, and a big bike ride.”
Above is a sunrise pic I took of my Mom from last October, and below are some from this past week.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful, supportive mothers out there. Love you, Mom!
Wednesday 6:47 am : Wrightsville Beach, NC