Our member of the week is Haley Saner. Haley is a motion graphics designer. Haley has worked with many companies, designing and editing their advertising campaigns. Some of his clients include Pepsi, Nintendo, and Cuervo. For a terrific example of what Haley does, there is a great video on his website that pieces together clips of his graphic design work (just click on the videos link on the left side of the page once you enter the site). You can also find examples of his work here. Learn more about the life of a freelance motion graphics designer in our interview with Haley below, and in his profile on our yellow pages.
1. What has been your most interesting project?
Probably the coolest project to date would have to be the IDs I did for a film called "Hateus", which was produced by badseedproductions.com. It's an extreme motocross film with a group of riders that ride mini bikes (50cc). I created the opening logo, all of the rider IDs, and the dvd menus for the film. You can see those spots and the rest of my work here: http://www.gomedia.us/motion.php
2. Why did you decide to go freelance?
I started freelancing right after college. I just jumped right in.
3. What tip would you give to a new freelancer or someone who is considering going freelance?
Make sure your area has lots of work. Most major cities do. Network as much as you can and don't work for free. There are a lot of people out there that like to rip off recent college grads for creative services. Don't be afraid to ask about a working contract. You should have a contract of your own in case the employer does not generally use them. A good idea is to network with other freelancers or people in your field. If you are an animator try and meet some sound people or illustrators. If you are an illustrator, try and hook up with animators and other designers. Constantly network and never stop. Keep in touch with old connections and employers.
4. What is your favorite spot in the city in which you live?
The Knitting Factory in NCY is always a good time.
5. What is your inspiration?
I am inspired by design in general. I just love good design. Also anything on Motionographer - fellow designers, great commercials and trailers.