30.09.14 by Jeff

Is The Ad-Free Social Network Ello The Facebook Killer?


I’m interested to know what people’s thoughts are on the new ad-free social network, Ello. Many are calling it the “Facebook Killer” and the “Anti-Facebook”, while others are quite skeptical. Some are concerned that, because of the $435k of seed funding Ello received from a Venture Capital film (source), they won’t actually keep their word and will eventually turn around sell all the users and make their exit.

I joined Ello to see what all the hype was about (I haven’t done much, but you can find me here: ello.co/booooooom) and I have to admit it does feel like a breath of fresh air, at least in terms of how relaxing the user experience is. This is probably due to the fact that not many people are on it yet but it feels more like an image bookmarking site than a social network. I guess this is where my skepticism comes in, will anyone besides graphic designers actually use this thing? If you’re tired of Facebook, do you even want to jump to a new platform?

Apparently they “don’t have a problem with porn” (source) and are going to allow NSFW content. It appears they’re trying to be less Facebook and more Tumblr with this decision (as well as their decision to open the flood gates on animated gifs). The failure of Google+ so far proves that people don’t want their social network to be like Pinterest; the question Ello poses is do I want my social network to be like Tumblr?

If you haven’t received an invite to try out Ello yet, I have a few invites. Leave a comment below, and I’ll randomly pick a few people at the end of the day. Regardless if you’re on Ello or not, if you have some thoughts on what your ideal social network would look like, lets hear ’em.


26.09.14 by Jeff

Craftsy: Figure Drawing Class


This week our sponsor is once again Craftsy which provides resources for creatives in the form of videos and tutorials. It’s been nice to find a sponsor that’s a good fit for what I’m trying to do with Booooooom; making art accessible.

Craftsy is offering a Free Figure Drawing class that teaches you the basics; things like blocking in, contour lines, and methods for describing light and shadow. If you skipped art school altogether this is worth checking out if you want to pick up some fundamentals. The best part being it costs nothing.

If you want, sign up for the free Figure Drawing class.

23.09.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: Madsteez’s Film and Mural


My good friend Mark Paul Deren aka Madsteez is one of my absolute favourite people to hang with, and one of the most talented artists I know. He’s painted murals all over the world, and done so with one regular eye and one crazy eye. By crazy eye I mean he can’t see anything out of it other than random colour gradients; a rare condition he was born with.

Mark is teaming up with a filmmaker named Jamie Heinrich to make a short film, and they’re using Kickstarter to fund the project in a pretty unique way. Mark will be painting a mural made of up to 1,000 20″ x 20″ sections and donors to the project will each get one of the painted sections.

Watch the video below to get a better idea of the film they’re making!

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19.09.14 by Jeff

Craftsy: Creating Realistic Water


Once again, our quality sponsor this week is Craftsy which provides video tutorials and downloadable eGuides for aspiring artists. The resources they provide are aimed at people who want to quickly brush up on some basics. This week they’re offering a free downloadable eGuide on “Creating Realistic Waterscapes”.

The eGuide gives you an overview of things like the wet on wet technique, building up colour, using a masking fluid, and describing light and shadow. Not everyone is looking to paint raindrops obviously but there’s some good fundamentals here. If you’re interested: Download the eGuide for free.

04.09.14 by Jeff

Booooooom x The Juice Truck: Summer Ender Party

Tonight is our Summer Ender party with The Juice Truck! We are releasing a cold pressed juice together called “Brain On” that actually helps your brain function, and will be available at The Juice Truck all month. Come try it tonight, and put your brain to the test. There will be mind puzzles, music, beers, and lots of good prizes (including some of the last remaining Booooooom x Herschel bags I saved to be given away).


Booooooom x The Juice Truck Summer Ender Party

When: TONIGHT – 7pm till late

Where: The Juice Truck Cafe – 28 West 5th Ave


In honour of our brain juice I am re-posting this puzzle from Wired that I shared way back in 2009. It is still one of my favourite puzzles. If you don’t live in Vancouver and you can’t come to our party tonight maybe you can whip up your own brain juice at home and tackle this puzzle.

You are welcome to voice your frustration in the comments but if you know the answer please don’t ruin the fun for everyone else! Apparently this puzzle took me roughly an hour to solve in 2009. Good luck!

03.09.14 by Jeff

Craftsy: Mixed Media – Pen, Ink & Watercolor


Our quality sponsor this week is Craftsy which provides resources for all you aspiring artists out there. We’ve been working with them to offer free classes and eGuides but this week Craftsy is offering a paid class for FREE! This is something they don’t normally do.

For the next two days you can enroll in the “Mixed Media: Pen, Ink & Watercolor” class for free! The class covers the fundamentals of using color, creating washes, tones, and drybrush textures.

If you’re interested in any of this, you should try the Mixed Media: Pen, Ink & Watercolor class for free.

01.09.14 by Jeff

Booooooom x The Juice Truck: Summer Ender Party


I’m excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with The Juice Truck to create the first-ever Booooooom cold-pressed juice! We’ve called it “Brain On” because it’s designed to help your brain function, and you can come try it at our Summer Ender party! It’s this Thursday, and you’re all invited!

Booooooom x The Juice Truck “Summer Ender” Party

When: Thursday September 4th – 7pm till late

Where: The Juice Truck Cafe – 28 West 5th

There will be juice, beers, music, fun brain testing games, and lots of prizes to be won (including a couple of the last remaining Booooooom x Herschel bags). Hope you can come hang with us it’s gonna be a fun party! I’d love to meet you if we haven’t already met!

If you’re unable to make it, the Booooooom “Brain On” juice will be available at The Juice Truck for the entire month following our party.

26.08.14 by Jeff

Sponsored Post: Budweiser’s #MadeInAmericaFest


Heads up to my LA friends, Budweiser’s Made In America Fest is coming to Grand Park, downtown LA, Labour Day Weekend (August 30th and 31st) and the event benefits the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. The line up includes: Kanye West, Imagine Dragons, Steve Aoki, Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, a million others. I’d go to see YG and DJ Mustard.

Full list of performers in the video below:

You can get 2 day tickets for here, or single day ticket for Aug 30th here, or single day ticket for August 31 here.