GM gets in on ride sharing and autonomous cars in a big way.

Hardly a day goes by in GradID without discussing either the technology or businesses behind ride sharing and autonomous cars. For awhile I've heard murmurs about how automakers are investing in these new businesses to diversify their revenue streams and offset losses incurred by less people buying cars. This article clarifies GM's strategy better than any I've seen. It's interesting to note that the very companies that threaten auto sales and made freelance driving a thing may help save carmakers and soon make those new drivers obsolete.

Check out the LATimes article below.

Now Lyft Drivers Need Not Own a Car: Lyft and GM Start Short Term Rental Program

Learn to create. Influence change. Art Center's new video? Two thumbs up.

I'm definitely not the only one blogging about this one, but Art Center's new promotional video is truly a gem. I feel like this actually explains what's so great about this place-and in typical Art Center fashion, it's extremely well polished. Nice work.

Great people with great skills are greatly inspiring! A few featured friends.

First off- I sincerely promise to never use that much alliteration in one headline ever again.

Secondly, reflecting back on building this site, it occurred to me that I referenced a lot of my friends' work as launching points for design inspiration, and even practical coding. 

I thought I'd highlight a few, and maybe revisit this concept of shameless friend promotion from time to time. 


goran krstic

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gorankrstic.com

Goran Krstic is a world class graphic designer. Seriously- without this guy I wouldn't have even learned how to properly use artboards in Adobe Illustrator. I've also never seen someone click a mouse so fast. He's got tons of great work for impressive clientele. I'm in love with his Martini Rossi campaign - #BeginDesire


Andrew Jerez

andrewjerez.com

This guy keeps offering to let me 3D print things at his place but it's yet to happen. In fact, the last favor he did for me was let me help him change the brake fluid on his motorcycle! Hmmm... But seriously, this guy is a 3D modeling, rendering, compositing God. I have never seen anyone this diversely talented and competent in so many pieces of software. Plus he knows Trent Reznor.


Jeff Lin

www.jeffl.in

Jeff Lin is a classmate and a friend from Grad ID at Art Center. He's one of many classmates that I plan to mention on here but Jeff goes first since he selflessly helped me get started playing with CSS codes in Squarespace. This guy's a very diligent researcher and thinker with lots of creative and sometimes wacky solutions- A true designer.

Online!

Well, here goes nothin' folks- The new website is finally live after much, much toiling (and CSS googling.)  I hope you enjoy it and I welcome any feedback as long as its unconditionally positive!

Thanks for looking- more real world observations to come, but first, off for a hike!

-Zach