Character Creation Web Redesign: Case Study

This is a side project I did with a friend. The work in the case study represents work across 3 weeks, about 1-2 hours a day.

Edge of the Empire case study here


Redesign site navigation, flow, and theme.


  1. Check your assumptions!! (I assumed what I thought would be the best step by step flow for creating a character in the game, however after doing some research with friends, and then within a few discord groups, I found I was wrong, and that there isn’t any sort of common pattern amongst players.)
  2. Fix it in Pre!! (I spent considerable amount of time skething layouts and user flows, and it made execution fun, easy, and left me free to tackle granular items more effectively.)
  3. Work on a project you love (This is used for a game that I and several friends play and being able to chat with them about what I do was awesome!)

Whimzel the date deciding app: Case Study

Whimzel is a large group project that represents a collective effort over 8 weeks, my appendix below represents my visual contributions to the project.

Ryan Adam Doss Appendix Here


Create an app for 2 people to swipe through activities to help them land on a final decision for date night.

Top Takeaways:
  1. Show don’t tell (Discussing the design changes I had in mind got nowhere. Making an example or two and showing those to the group started a productive discussion)
  2. Scrap it all if you have to. (The team switched from this brand idea of “Date Decider” with an octopus, to “whimzel” and hazel nut logo)


Habit Tracking App: Case Study

This project highlights a start to finish on a passion project in a 3 week period working about 1-2 hours a day.

The Case Study can be found here.


Create a habit tracking app that focused on a 21-day habit and 90-day lifestyle concept.

Top takeaways:

  1. Understanding scope and readjusting the scope as the design flushes out (experimenting with including an effort/struggle metric)
  2. Disconnecting from the original design (variable card shapes and styles) and exploring new options (consistent visual rhythm)
  3. Focus on consistent style (ensuring colors, and icons all matched well throughout the app)

Comm 316 Portfolio Work

I wanted to make a post with all of my Comm 316 Portfolio Work.

I have two main objectives with this post. The first being to show off all the neat photos and edits I’ve curated over the past semester at school. But secondly and maybe more importantly show gratitude for all that I have learned from my professor Caryn Esplin. She has taught a number of things that I will never forget and have given me skills to curate such a large body of work.

Over the semester I have noticed I like deeper shadows, and images that are often darker than they are bright. In the smallest parts, I appreciate the pure white but often leave most whites muted. I noticed it seems to push more towards a baroque style of lighting or even a renaissance. I love in Renaissance the use of the triangular subject. You can see that here in the image of the girl twirling her dress, or the shape of the geyser erupting, or the stack of rocks, leaves, and twigs, with the granola bar product shot. The muted tones are found in many of my photos, and the pure whites in just a few.

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As you can see I’ve had a lot of fun and made some good friends. I learned a lot in the process of doing the work and examining what did and didn’t work. I also began to notice how I consistently began to edit my photos and what I had framed in them sometimes consciously and other times out of habit I suppose.

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Vintage Photo Texture

Here is a quick wildlife Vintage Photo Texture.

So while we were out taking photos, I borrowed a cropped lens but forgot to switch the settings on my Sony A7Riii. So I ended up with this odd crop. I saw it though and absolutely loved the framing of the vignette it had. Here is the original photo taken out of the camera.


So I needed to do a bit of editing to remove some of the cropping, and work with the brightness of the photo. So I worked first in Adobe Camera Raw to make some simple edits. this is what we got out of it.


From here I played around with an old piece of paper with a number of stains and aging. This texture will be crucial for a Vintage Photo Texture edit.


So After applying this over the top, I make a layer to even out the crop and fade it more into the photo to add more paper texture. I also changed the transparency to screen and opacity to 75%. Then I added the 3Strip Color Lookup, and here is the result.


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Color Lookup Theme (Lut)

I wanted to show you a quick edit tool I’ve been using in Photoshop called Color Lookup Theme (Lut).

this was shown to me by one of my favorite photographers and mentors and I’d like to share it with you. This is an adjustment layer. So my workflow takes the photo and makes my basic edits in Adobe Camera raw. This is the original photo I am going to be working with.


As you can see we need to bump up the exposure. we were running out of light in the day and it was a bit difficult to juggle ISO, shutter speed, and such with low light. So after making those adjustments we ended up with this photo.


This is a nice photo as is, but it doesn’t really pop too much. We can take this a lot of ways, but I think we need a lot more out of this photo. So I might make these adjustments myself or use a preset in Adobe Camera Raw, but here I just used 2 Color Lookup adjustment layers. You’ll add the layer and a dialogue box pops up, and get familiar with the top drop-down box. The first one that I place over this image is the Kodak 5205 Filter at 54% and normal transparency. The second filter I added was candlelight. This layer though was a bit much at first, but I toned it down by switching the transparency to Linear Dodge (add) and brought it down to 48% opacity. This is the end result!

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A very quick and easy way to edit photos that can be fantastic and really add a lot of pop to the image.

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Macro Ring Photography

A few lighting tips on Macro Ring Photography.

I wanted to take some photos for a friend’s business, they make rings out of rocks. So I decided to take some Macro Ring Photography style photos. It’s a great way to show off some of the details and for these rock-based rings the details and textures really came out!

On each of these, I tried to switch up the lighting angle. The first two are from about a 45-degree angle.

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this next photo is from more of a straight-on angle and I was a little bit above looking a little bit down. I felt like this created a fairly hard light and made it a little unclear as to what the photo was of.


This last setup I think ended up being my favorite, It provided clear light on the rings fitting, and the texture. It also provided a lot of texture for the rock.


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Double Exposure Editing

Wanted to create a fun edit of this photo I took using Double Exposure Editing.

Now typically these double exposures use a face, or mostly a head shot but I wanted to try something interesting. I decided to take this shot from behind holding a violin. The model is a huge fan of the mountains and so I wanted to incorporate that in the photo. I wanted the mountains to show through her. here is the photo using Double Exposure Editing.


I knew I wanted to use this particular photo. I knew this photo was going to get hectic though and so I took it and turned it black and white.



After that, I wanted to take out the background and added in my mountain shot. I took this photo while on a flight from Salt Lake to LA. After removing the background and placing the shot, I kept playing around with the placement and it all seemed much too busy and a bit unclear. At some point, I decided to shrink the photo with a white background. I really liked how chaotic it was combined with the amount of white space that allowed the image to breathe. From here I erased or softened hard edges on her clothes, hair, hat, etc. Then the final touch was to clear up most of the violin so it could stand out as more of the focal point of the photo.


I ended up happy with the edit and have since sent it off to my friend.

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Supplement Photography

Just wanted to make a quick post about Supplement Photography.

I was taking some product photos and wanted to break down some of the things I did to make this photo stand out a little more. This is specifically looking at supplements or any other type of powder mixed drink.

The first thing you’ll want to do is have both an open and a closed container. It helps the audience see how it looks on the shelf and how it’ll look in the home. The second thing is to add in a couple of side props. I used a water bottle I usually use to mix my supplements, as well as a shaker bottle.

The secret tip I have Is I used my lens cap to elevate the center container this gave it a little more of a focal point in the photo.


Now I used a 50mm lens with a low f stop. This gave me a more crisp label with a nice bokeh on the rest of the objects in the frame. I purposefully cropped some of the pieces out to give the photo a bit more going on because the pictured item is an intense preworkout.

Lastly I used a running LED auxiliary light to light up my frame and gave me a nice black background for a clean supplement product photo.

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Mirror Product Photography

I want to give you a fun little guide on Mirror Product Photography.

You’re going to need a laptop, mirror and small product. In this post, I use a slim watch and a tube of Portland Bee Balm chapstick. The fun part is picking a background. You’ll want to pick something that goes with the product or builds a theme.

For the first photo, I did the Portland Bee Balm. I chose to google honey and bees. Filter the image size to large and open an image up as large as you can get it. Place the mirror on the keyboard, and close the laptop most of the way. You’ll see how in my setup shot.

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Portland Bee Balm-Mirror Product Photography - set up

Once you’ve taken a few shots you’ll need to determine if you need to use an auxiliary light as well. These next few are of a watch I received as a gift some time ago. The first shot is again with the laptop, and the second utilizes a TV.

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Give it a go, super simple to set up a fun themed background for smaller product shoots!

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