A Short Story of Most Unfortunate Circumstances

We all need time to do things we love. But, time is not always on our side. Neither are the people around us. Henry Bemis lived a life in which he found solace in books, and contempt from everyone around him. In Time Enough at Last, he is given an opportunity to forget the world and live in his books, but the Twilight Zone had other ideas.

I tackled the One Story/Four Icons design assignment to get the juices flowing. I had a lot of great ideas after watching Tim Owens and Jim on the ds106.tv show about design yesterday. One I had known about was The Noun Project, but I had forgotten about it until the show. So, I hopped over there to grab some images and get going.

I started with 5 icons (full disclosure here) and then combined the man's head with the mustache to make myself a Bemis. So, in the end, I still ended up with four icons (I'm not a cheater.)

A story, decomposed to elements.

A story, decomposed to elements.

To get the broken lens, I simply used the circle selector and chose the space inside the glasses icon. Then, I grew the selection (Selection > Grow) by 3px to grab some of the edge. Then, I used the Transform tool to skew the lens (we're getting deep here (yes, that is a terrible pun)) to show some depth. Filled in some lines, and you've got yourself a cracked lens. This didn't take me too long, so I decided to beef it up a little and give myself another star in the process.

Rather than a still image, I decided to GIF this into something a little more interesting.

When things go wrong, they really go wrong.

When things go wrong, they really go wrong.

(I played with the timing a lot. I'm happy with what I came up with).

Just like Mr. Bemis, he thought things would turn out one way, only to find that circumstances often get the best of us, no matter how much we plan.

--- CC Attributions --- Person designed by Antonis Makriyannis from The Noun Project Mustache designed by Fernando Vasconcelos from The Noun Project Book designed by Diego Naive from The Noun Project Explosion designed by Bohdan Burmich from The Noun Project Glasses designed by Thomas Hirter from The Noun Project

On a side note, this episode makes me really, really sad. 3 Design Stars

3 thoughts on “A Short Story of Most Unfortunate Circumstances

  1. Ben says:

    Ha! This is one of my favorite episodes of the Twilight Zone; I told my wife all about it just last week when she mentioned she had never seen a single episode. I love the way you took the 4 icon challenge and “GIF’d” it, not to mention the excellent Bemis icon complete with hipster ‘stache.

    I wonder how difficult it would be to create some 4 icon assignments for Twilight Zone episodes without letting us know which ones….might give us some interesting puzzles :)

    • Brian Bennett says:

      This was one of the first episodes I ever saw, and it really sets the tone for the entire series, with the major life-changing twist at the end. But, this episode in particular makes me really, really sad, just because the loneliness he feels would be absolutely unbearable.

  2. Seth Goodman says:

    Wonderful work; your GIF takes an already awesome 4-icon design and takes it to the next level.

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