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LYCOS @ NCSU

CONCEPT ART ・ CHARACTER DESIGN ・ EDUCATION

April 2012 - June 2012

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PART OF THE PACK

As part of the Hunt Library design team at North Carolina State University, I was tasked with blue-sky problem-solving: coming up with solutions to problems the university hadn't yet thought of. One of those elements was digital branding on a massive scale, relating to the planned building-wide interconnected screen system. As part of putting a "friendly face" on this system, my team and I worked on ideas for a possible mascot and eventually I came up with Lycos- the digital wolf.
As the mascot for NCSU was a wolf, deciding on a canine companion wasn't terribly difficult. Initial ideas had pushed towards an owl as the library was a seat of knowledge, but eventually the wolf concept proved popular, and ideation began on a digital denizen of the library that would pop up from screen to screen, providing hints and tips to students.

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But what *is* a "Digital Wolf"? Existing in the digital world meant mass, matter, and material were no object, and I quickly exhausted all manner of possible designs, from wolves dissolving into pixels to ones made of pure energy.

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Solid wolves proved preferrable to more abstract ones, and with a direction of "friendly but noble", more concepts for Lycos were drawn up.

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The final design of Lycos, rendered with a concept for how he would emerge from the 'code' behind the scenes of whatever program the user was running at the time.

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Although the project was put on hold as the library developed, Lycos entered the modeling phase, with the rough model below created by then-student Jordan Lang, which I then skinned with one of my many concepts for an animation presentation.

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Fate Foretold
Fate Foretold
Super League Gaming League of Legends City Champs
SuperLeague Gaming League of Legends City Champs
League of Legends All-Star Fire/Ice Trophy
League of Legends All-Star Fire/Ice Trophy
The Big Strong Arms: A Band You Can Trust
The Big Strong Arms: A Band You Can Trust
MTG World Championship Trophy
Magic the Gathering World Championship Trophy
Twitch Creative Trophy
Twitch Creative Trophy
Graphical Posters
Graphic posters
Publications
Books and Publications
Game Lab
Game Lab Digital UI
US EPA Digital Signage
US EPA Digital Signage
Cogwork Earth Series
Cogwork Earth Series
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Apparel
Apparel
Oculus Speaker System
Oculus Speaker System
Skullcandy
Skullcandy POP Display
Album Art
Music & Album Art
FPS UI
SciFi FPS UI
Hunt Library Virtual Browse
Hunt Library Virtual Browse
Krispy Kreme Transformative Cart
Krispy Kreme Transformative Cart
NOL: The Pursuit of Knowledge
NOL: The Pursuit of Knowledge
Sanctum Headphones
Branding and Logos
Sanctum Headphones

Sanctum Headphones
Sesame Dishware Storage Kit
Sesame Dishware Storage Kit
Monster Supersplash Speaker
Monster Supersplash Speaker
Lycos @ NCSU
Lycos @ NCSU
Monster Sound
Monster Sound
Electrolux P.C.R.
Electrolux P.C.R.
VUSE
VUSE Counter-Top Educator
Hax Campsite Tool
Hax Campsite Tool
Miscellaneous Projects
Miscellaneous Projects
D-Vision 6 Internship
D-Vision 6 Internship