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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Spungella goes live!

After a recent run-in with legal complications concerning my sites (not this one... yet), I thought about the look and presentation of this academyanimation blog. Since I never got the official ok to use that name (not that it is AcademyofArtUniversity.blogspot or something), nor images, etc. plus given my rants every now and then, which are purely my thoughts and not the ones of my employers, but especially the fact that this has grown beyond pure AAU material for my students, I decided to change the look and feel (and name) into something more individual. Another reason was also the awesome feedback I got regarding the layout and what you guys would like.

It's time then to redirect you to: SPUNGELLA.

So hopefully Spungella will present itself as more streamlined, accessible and efficient as this current blog. Of course I would really appreciate any further feedback. A few major posts have been switched over already and I will continue to migrate the more important posts. Trailer notices, posters, things like that will stay here, so think of academyanimation as an archive for these type of posts.

That's it for now!



Kent Brown said...

Clever name and I dig the new layout. Although I've gotten accustom to the old site I think the new site is a lot clearer. What's the story behind "Spungella"?

Jean-Denis Haas said...

In class and outside I always like to say that students should soak up as much information as possible, soak it up like a sponge. I didn't want to call it sponge though. I wanted it to be a bit cuter. :)
Spungie was one version, then other ones, but finally settled on spungella. I didn't find anything online about it, nor was the domain taken, so I think I should be safe using that word. Right now spungella.com points to my home site but I will change that of course.

Glad you like it!

I think Jeff mentioned a more tabbed version, giving it a more leaner look, kinda like what Carlos Baena has on his site. Even though I like to have everything visible as quickly as possible (minimizing unnecessary clicks and searches for something), I really liked the more streamlined look.

Aparna-Appie! said...

absolutely love it!!the name..the site..everythin! :)

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...


You just have the best attitude ever!

Your my favorite animation fella!

Ok, enough with the lameness. Very slick! (Please don't reply back saying im a p@!*k)

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Well, I don't know what a p@!*k is, but at least that's a name (as opposed to anonymous). HAHAHA!

shiva said...

hey JD,

the site looks great. with so much going on, i wonder how do you find time..

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Hey Shiva, thanks!

All I can say is, I'm thankful that renders/playblasts take so long. It's all about multitasking. :)

Chintan Shah said...

hey jean,

the new site look awesome... i really loved the design... super-slick :D... so from now on do we have to check this blog or spungella ??

thanks a lot.
Chints :D

Jean-Denis Haas said...

From now on all the new posts will be on Spungella.

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Anonymous said...

Love how there's an ad for the Art Institute on this page lol and all the Animation Mentor stuff -- classic AAU

Jean-Denis Haas said...

That has nothing to do with the AAU. This blog is not an official site of theirs. I put up google ads and what they display is not up to me nor the AAU.

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