The Snapchat Grind
My geofilter finally got published!
When I went home for spring break, I found out that the heart of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, was not up on its Snapchat game. The filter we had were these weird geometric layered stripes of blue and the words "Palo Alto" in I think Helvetica. It was not cute.
So I decided to make my own. Its a fairly simple process of submitting a correctly sized png to Snapchat, circling the territory you want it to appear on, and waiting to see whether they accept it or not. Its not really clear what they're looking for, so it also requires a certain amount of luck.
A few months ago when I was stuck hibernating in my dorm, I had spent hours on what I thought was a really cool geofilter for my college. It was not accepted, and so I didn't think this one that I spent two minutes on, would actually be accepted. But I was bored, and I'm a wierdo that does this when I'm bored.
I was wrong, obviously, and it was accepted! They send you a form letter with pretty much no info except that a filter was accepted, so if you've submitted a few you might not even know which one was chosen. I immediately made my mom create a snapchat account (a questionable decision) in order to see my filter from accross the country. But it wasn't there.
It took another few weeks for it to appear, but now I'm loving seeing my friends send me snaps with my work on it. I especially like the pithy commentary on our fair town of Palo Alto that appears when text is lined up with the filter, as shown below.
Its definitely a thrill to see my work out there, but I would really like to have something I actually put effort into and can be proud of as well. So I'm back on that Snapchat grind, trying to get more accepted. Watch out!