Motion Graphics for the Smart Home

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A year ago I was asked to speak at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business about entrepreneurship, and 6 months later a student in the class reached out. His name is Sonny Chen and he was interested in a design internship to learn more about designing for voice applications. Sonny isn’t a design student, but he’s super talented and we quickly created a position where he could focus on motion. With his internship wrapping up we wanted to share his work, some of which you may have seen in the Josh app. For more, visit his portfolio at: http://www.hellosonny.com/#/joshai/.

1. Logo — For his first task, Sonny was asked to get creative with a fun animation on our logo:

2. Loading — Next, we asked Sonny to incorporate existing icons for a loading animation, which now appears when the Josh app is first loading:

3. Scenes — After that, we asked Sonny to come up with a unique animation for when a scene is running. Scenes can include “good morning,” “goodnight,” “movie time”, “dinner party”, etc… so this animation was meant to work generically for a variety of scenes:

4. Microphone — And finally as his big project, Sonny worked on a variety of animations relating to the Josh “microphone” button. This needs to account for (i) an idle state, (ii) a loading state, (iii) a listening state, and (iv) a speaking state, among others. You’ll see a variation on this in the current version of the app:

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Not bad for an intern. We had a great time working with Sonny and look forward to seeing the great work he’ll do in the future. To see more of his work, check out his portfolio at: http://www.hellosonny.com/#/joshai/.

This was written by Alex Capecelatro, Co-Founder & CEO of Josh.ai. Previously, Alex was a research scientist for NASA, Sandia National Lab, and the NRL. Before that, Alex worked at Fisker Automotive and founded At The Pool and Yeti. Alex has an engineering degree from UCLA, lives in LA, and likes to tweet about AI, Startups, and Design.

Josh.ai is an artificial intelligence agent for your home. If you’re interested in learning more, visit us at https://josh.ai.

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