The Joy of Smoking

October 22nd, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR

The Joy of Smoking is a collection of humorous video clips about a smoker who will go to almost any lengths for a nicotine hit. This is the first prototype of my Headsprung video sculpture series that I am currently developing.

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Expressive Type

October 5th, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR

For this week’s assignment in my Visual Communications class, each student was asked to design three expressive words considering guidelines in typography. In addition, each student was asked to create six examples of their name choosing font preferences with at least one example of serif, san serif, decorative and script.

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Examples of Bad Signage

September 28th, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR

Is this guy really running for president? If he is, I don’t think this ad would help him get the votes he would need to win. Nevertheless, the design of the poster made me want to visit his web site. I think this advertisement is a clever way to get someone’s attention, but in the end of the day, I just don’t get what Tone Tank is trying to say.

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Self-Portrait Map

September 25th, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR


My direction for my first assignment in my Interactive Screens & Cinematic Objects class was to identify the different parts of my face in a non-literal sense. I wanted to break apart my face into a multitude of sections and highlight those areas that would typically go unnoticed in a realistic sketch. In a geographical map, it is it’s structure and design that orients the viewer’s understanding of a specific territory. Unpopular and small populated areas in geographic maps are invisible to the viewer. In this personal map, I wanted to highlight those areas on my face that I never draw my attention to.

NIME Week 1 Showcase: Marie Chouinard

September 16th, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR

Marie Chouinard’s Cantique No. 3 is an interactive event that increases the responsibility of the user as both the controller and artist of the presentation. The juxtaposition of outrageous comedy, classic facial expressions and even techno music make this eccentric work so intriguing to me.

Nickelodeon Animation Festival

July 30th, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR

Check out the design work I did for the Nickelodeon Animation Festival 2009!

Click here to view the web site and submit your work to the festival!

Free Hockey Sound Effects!

July 17th, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR
Peter Puck

Peter Puck, a hockey puck-shaped cartoon character by David Hill

All hockey sound effects were recorded and processed by Jason Safir.

These are some hockey sounds effects I recorded at Chelsea Piers Sky Rink in New York City last weekend for a hockey documentary that I am currently producing. All hockey sounds are rendered in high quality 320 kbps MP3 format.  Special thanks to Chelsea Piers for allowing me to go on the ice and capture these hockey sounds. You may download and use them for free in any way you choose! Right mouse click on a sound effect link and select “Save Link As..” to download rather than preview.

MTV Hiring!

May 13th, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR

I was recently hired by MTV to help assist in the daily production and development of MTV online sites. Work commences in two weeks!

A Simple Cup @ ITP Spring Show 2009

May 6th, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR

I will be showcasing my new sustainable project A Simple Cup at this Spring’s ITP Show in New York City at the Tisch School of the Arts. Come and check out everyone’s amazing projects! Lot’s of really cool and innovative projects have been developed over the past few months. The dates of the exhibit are …

May 10th, 2pm to 6pm
May 11th, 5pm to 9pm

The address is 721 Broadway on the fourth floor.

See you there!

A Simple Cup

April 22nd, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR

Visualizing the impact a simple cup can have on our environment

According to sustainabilityissexy.com, over 6.5 million trees are consumed each year to produce the 16 billion disposable coffee cups that are being thrown away out into landfills. For about every 50,000 paper coffee cups produced, a tree is destroyed.

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A Simple Cup visualizes the impact disposable coffee cups have on our environment by simulating a real-time growing forest on a web site every time a mug of coffee is placed onto a networked coffee cup coaster. The interactive visualization encourages coffee drinkers to drink out of their coffee mugs by rewarding them with saved trees and energy onto a virtual ecosystem (that may be accessed globally online) every time they don’t drink out of disposable paper cups when they have a cup of coffee. Hypothetically, if a significant amount of coffee drinkers had one of these networked mug coasters next to their desks, they would be able to each contribute and collectively grow this forest together, visualizing how much natural resources have been saved over time.

The objective of A Simple Cup is to raise awareness over the impact disposable coffee cup production has on our environment’s natural resources. The project does this by encouraging coffee drinkers to stop drinking coffee out of disposable cups and instead make a valuable contribution to our environment. On the web site’s visualization, one mug of coffee is equivalent to 50,000 paper cups, which claims the life of about one pine tree. In addition to visualizing trees, the butterflies in the forest each represent one home that could be potentially powered in a year.

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