Rusty Business @ NIME 2009

December 14th, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR

This week I performed my new interactive comedy project “Rusty Business” at the ITP New Interfaces for Musical Expression Concert 2009 in Brooklyn at Southpaw. My project is a video sequencer that produces electronically controlled cartoon antics when large inflatable hammers hit jumbo push button switches. My performance also featured a guest appearance by Elie Zananiri who played the role as my character’s boss.


Click here to view more photos from the show. (Courtesy of LEESEAN)

Pacer Times

October 28th, 2009 | BY JASON SAFIR

The web site I designed for the University of South Carolina Aiken’s online student magazine was recently launched. The site’s overall purpose is to provide a news resource for student’s studying at the University. My focus on their redesign was to create a more youthful and fun look to help students become more interested to engage in on campus social life, take a look.

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!