My name is Zachary Reese and I'm a designer from Philadelphia. I work at a University of Pennsylvania think-tank where I create projects like the political literacy site FlackCheck.org and the teaching tool Civics Renewal Network. I also founded Sport, a design agency specializing in virtual reality. My work has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, MTV, USA Today, and tons of other places. I feel like I'm doing okay for myself.

Laugh cry transmogrify

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Deer stuck in box

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Leftover Soundtrack Snippets

I needed to come up with a ton of “harsh, youthy” soundtracks to 30-second ads for a big grant project I’m working on. These were rejected for not being abrasive enough. What I ended up going with was essentially a feedback loop with tons of distortion swells. It’s so easy it almost feels like cheating, but if it works there’s no shame in easy.

Sweep, Array, Spheres, Displacers

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Monorail Tracks

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Screenshot from a VR project I’ve been working on. Really nice quiet moment.

Atomic Buddies

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I’ve been playing with Atomic, which is a new web-based UI prototyping tool. Made this little animation in about an hour. Sort of a neat tool, aside from only offering a month-to-month subscription plan instead of a flat license fee. It’s actually a lot like Macromedia Director, if you can remember that far back. The only supported elements are circles, rectangles, lines and text, so it was a fun experiment to build characters using just those building blocks.

Video Games & Makeup

Little animation from a long video I’m working on about YouTube. I rarely get to work on actual motion graphics anymore now that I’m more of a manager, but, man… I love animation. It’s so rewarding to toil over these little keyframes and see everything come together in a big way. Not sure if this video will ever be released for public consumption, but it’s full of fun stuff like this.