Work from Keetra

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Keetra Dixon is not your usual designer. Her site shows her wide spectrum of work, from typical motion boards she did when she was an art director at BNS, to Blood Puddle Pillows she fabricated to help her friends (and dog) with sleep.

Her work walks that thin line between genius and insanity. It also displays her pure and undeniable joy for art and design.

Keetra

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Jon Saunders

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34 Comments

mtgentry

blood puddle pillows = awesome.

deelilian

Keetra, can i buy your ‘Better Boyfriend Patch’?
love your work, mate.

3wagonsDeep

Very cool site. I haven’t been this inspired in a long time. Although, as much as the work (and the work from http://www.fromktoj.com/ and http://www.c71123.com/) inspires me – it also makes me very depressed…because it reminds me of just how uncreative I actually am!

Keep up the excellent work Keetra! (you and Jonathan both)
I am now officially your biggest fan.

seanwehrli

I’m inspired, Thank you.

Simon Robson

Keetra’s work is fantastic. Her site shows some of the most original graphics and typographics i have seen in a long time. If this girl is not signed as a director to a major prodn company, then she will be soon. There are hints of Miranda July in the complete off-the-wall brilliance of work like blood-pillows. Great post!

Marc B.

Its really good, but simon you re exaggarating a little. Most of her stuff is print design.

And i’m just gonna comment cuz she’s a girl.

Simon Robson

Marc B, I take it you say I’m exaggerating because she’s a ‘static’ designer as opposed to a live-action director or an animator… Well, it’s not un-heard of for illustrators / graphic designers to get representation for commercials / music videos on the basis of their static work. I could easily see a prodn company with vision giving her a shot at the moving world…

Marc B.

Sure Simon, but i think that there are tons of really good print designers out there. It s not like they all need or should get a Production company specialized in tv or broadcast.
Her work, like many other good print designers i know of, is nice and works very well in the static print realm.

mlandry

I’ve been a fan of her work for a while. Was just showing her site to a designer friend this morning, glad to see her on the frontpage here. Her style is very witty and fun.

Robot

Keetra’s work is original and inspiring. Very nice to see such crafty, creative person with commercial outlets like BNS.

I would be willing to jump in with your observation Simon, and imagine that her mind with the right support (like your crew at Nexus or Hornet) she would dazzle us all in some world of cute, williamsburgamation.

Any indie bands reading this, try hiring her to direct your next video. Let’s see what she does!

Marc B.

Again, i’m not a hater i just love to debate. I m really curious as to why you guys think it’s so impressive. I really like her stuff, but i can t make ‘sexistic’ exceptions in my judgement. Her work is really good. But i ve seen a lot of photographs with m/m-paris (http://www.mmparis.com/) style minimalistic 2d graphics & typography on top of. It actually seems very like it.

Simon Robson

I just think her work is theatrical, eccentric and it’s practiacally in motion already, judging by the linear thinking in her boards. I could see her working as a music promo director for any band pitching itself under the eccentric, avant garde tag…take your pick. She seems to go efforlessly from post-constructivist graphics and typo, to quirky prop and set design. I guess I’m just a fan!

oeuf

I have nothing to comment on regarding her work.

She’s cute though.

doctor

I worked with her at BNS. She has a brilliant mind and is always hungry, go keetra go!

ohsyntaxerror

simon is right, she seems to move easily from print, experimental type, illustration, 3d design, and digitally made graphics. it’s easy to imagine her going into live action. she not only has creativity but the ambition to do what she wants.

her work doesn’t have to be completely original to be impressive, most of the work featured on motionographer is not 100% new, but worthwhile and valuable in their own way.

the fact that she is a ‘girl’ or ‘cute’ really shouldn’t matter enough to mention. their are a lot of male designes/animators/illustrators who get more credit for a lot less.

Simon Robson

look oeuf, that is a really really silly comment…Don’t drag this forum down to that level. We are appreciating / discussing Keetra’s work here. Whether she’s “cute” or not is utterly irrelevant. If you have “nothing to comment on regarding her work” don’t comment at all…

iamhobo

her work’s lovely, and she’s proper hot :-)

Marc B.

Simon, you sound like you re in luv man! ;) Why dont you write her. Altough here it says she is in a relationship: http://www.friendster.com/1125192

Simon Robson

you guys are all nuts, really! i really hope your frat boy comments are all tongue in cheek (I think they are…)Otherwise you make John Wayne look like a women’s lib activist. As for being in ‘luv’ best not mention that to the wife and kids. Otherwise it’s (another) night on the sofa ; )

Dulaney

ohsyntaxerror: great comment. Some people might think it’s flattering to comment on looks, but this site is about the talent that goes into motion business. I think that Keetra also has some interesting concepts within her work, which is innocent and delightful. Nice work :).

iamhobo

oh grow up simon, there is nothing wrong with saying she’s hot, noticed i prefaced it with the fact her work is rather nice!!
jesus we’re supposed to be passionate creatives not grey dullards.

Clint

i second that.

oeuf

Wasn’t trying to drag the forum down. The fact alone that her site was posted here is a testament to her skill and talent (Love the pillow!). I apologize Simon.
Seeing that it was her pic that was posted, as opposed to a bit of work, I was compelled to comment on her cuteness.

Marc B.

Yeah Simon! Now stop dreaming of her and get back to work you little horndog.

Simon Robson

mmmm, seems like i am rather outnumbered here…I base my comments on what i judge to be good manners / a fair way of operating in this profession. I know many girls in graphics / motion here in London and often get to see their work / work in progress. And I know full well that if, when looking at their work my comment was, “Great use of type and colour, and by the way you’re looking rather ravishsing today”, I’d receive a slap round the head. Perhaps it’s different across the pond, but i suspect not…I imagine women in graphics (And other careers for that matter) spend a good deal of their time trying to get their male peers to concentrate on their work as opposed to checking them out. In as much ‘iamhobo’ perhaps there is something wrong with ‘saying she’s hot’, in that it detracts from the central issue; her work. Is this so un-reasonable? All you chaps who think I’m wrong and ‘need to grow up’ should perhaps put yourself in her position for a second. Scenario: You’ve spent days, weeks, months perfecting the design, movement, render of your piece. You’ve gone back over it, tweaked, edited, re-rendered and finally the day arrives when you’re happy. You show your master-piece, your blood, sweat and tears to your colleague who’s comment is; ‘Yeah, that’s pretty good, but you’re kinda cute though aren’t ya?’. Think on…

Joe Clay

Not that I’m disagreeing with you, Mr. Robson, but, this is one of the situations where a comment online is different from a comment in the real world. Also, we’re talking about her work, and not to her about her work.

However, I do agree completely that if that is someone’s only comment, it’s pretty useless—especially when not talking to the person!

Work first, hotness second! :)

Dulaney

If you were in crit at school or being critiqued in the work feild
(which in a way she is) and your boss / teacher reacted to your work as a whole by saying “hey, your work is ok, but you’re pretty hot”. I honestly think it’s just imature. It’s fine to kid around, but most of these comments aren’t really that funny. And Marc B. is a stalker.

Marc B.

You guys take it way too serious. Of course its about the work, not looks. I think we re just playing with simon.

iamhobo

for someone with such good and deeply thoughtful work simon, you seem incapable of seeing things in context.
and you sound like you just dropped by from the 1930’s.
joe is correct in saying a comment online is not akin to walking up to her face and going ” hey, nice pixels sweet cheeks” you only have to look at myspace for 10 mins to see the different dynamic. saying she is appealing to the eye is not derogatory, nor does it detract from the substance of her work. and as for equality i too work in london simon and have never in mograph seen any sign of gender bias, i work with male and female designers on a daily basis, i think your views are a little askew.

wiremu

I too work in London, with all the other tedious designers…

Simon Robson

“joe is correct in saying a comment online is not akin to walking up to her face and going â€? hey, nice pixels sweet cheeksâ€?”
iamhobo, the thing is that I think that you should only say something on-line that you WOULD be comfortable saying to someone’s face. If this makes me old-fashioned, so be it. Yes, you’re right, user generated content sites such as myspace contain plenty of opinions and comment that the author wouldn’t necessarily say in person to the subject. But what does this say about the author?

KGB

Simon, with all do respect, you seem to have an unnatural favor to this designer. Everyone reading your comments can see that. Question is, would you be saying exactly what you posted if you were in the company of others, or even her? I bet you would phrase your praise differently when in person.

Keep in mind, that she made her image available for others to see online. And although you might not comment directly on the looks of a person directly in front of them, it goes through all of our heads, especially if the art includes the artist. The internet makes it easier to say some things and people take advantage of that, consciously or subconsciously.

The important thing is that in all these comments there is no disrespect.

BTW, the “Barry” piece is timeless, incredible job on that. I’d say that to your face :D

OBOMBA

I’d like to see more of that nordic ski jumper guy. He could be in every one your pieces, as far as I’m concerned

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