my Career so far...
I graduated with an Art Studio degree from George Mason in 2003. For nine years I designed and animated commercials for television at various design shops, agencies and broadcast networks in the New York area. After moving to San Francisco in 2012 I spent almost three years at Square as a motion graphics designer on their video team doing short form animations and compositing for live action commercials. Since 2015 I've been an experience designer at Airbnb focused on bringing motion and animation to the company's web and native platforms.
Articles, INTERVIEWS & PODCASTS
Which came first, the algorithm or the artwork?
In this Motionographer article I interviewed Nicolas Ménard about his curiosity for data visualization, how he balanced that with the need to present a strong narrative, as well as the pros and cons of creating animations with data instead of keyframes.
Design Details Podcast
Today Bryn Jackson and Brian Lovin caught up with Salih Abdul-Karim, an experience and motion designer at Airbnb and a member of the team that created Lottie, an open source tool to easily add animations to native apps. In this episode we dig into Salih's journey into motion design, moving from NYC to SF, freelancing versus big co work, and so much more.
The Airbnb tool that's changing UI design
Uber, Google, Instacart, and others are all adopting Airbnb's prototyping tool, Lottie. Interview and article by Mark Wilson.
The Future of Lottie
Our community-driven vision for our animation tool.
Modern Pictograms for Lottie
A collaboration with The Noun Project & John Caserta on open-source animated icons.
Icons in motion
The Noun Project interview about how to turn icons into moving animations for Lottie.
Behind the scenes of our new open-source animation tool.
School of motion
Dig into the details and backstory of Lottie on the School of motion Podcast
Airbnb: Communicating Clarity and Charm
Google design blog interview, alongside Karri Saarinen, about how Airbnb uses material design.
Setting the mood
How film title sequences informed Airbnbs Apple TV on-boarding