Friday, 29 November 2013


Time for a fun little look at the super work of Adrien Noterdaem who has a real skill in transforming people and characters into their Simpsoneque form. His Simpsonized series on Tumblr is a bit like the lego versions of characters in that there is a strong style that overlays the real character and when done well comes together to really highlight what we like about those characters in the first place. Here are a few compiled pics to enjoy, but follow the links to more more more

Thursday, 28 November 2013

The LuminoCity Show

This year's LuminoCity end of your Graduation Exhibition and event show for the Built Environment here at UNSW was on campus and it is still amazing to see what our building can be when creative people put their minds to it. Our piece of the university has fully transformed into floor upon floor of exhibitions featuring the graduation projects from all the main degree programs. The design and project work is great to see, mix that in with special events and a wonderful light and dance show and it really is a celebration of all those years of work by the students.

Here are a few pics I took from last night - keep an eye on the LuminoCity Gallery page for more.

One more big night of fun tonight for anyone who hasnt seen it all yet.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

3D Scanning Printing and Such Things

Here at UNSW Built Environment we have been exploring 3D printing not only for final models of product or architectural designs but as a way to explore the design options and ideas during the creative process. The Industrial Design students use tools like this very naturally and their software caters to workflows that include scanning and printing in 3D. We have a 4th year Architecture group who have had dedicated access to a set of Replicator2s and a laser cutter amongst other things to explore complex forms this session (looking forward to posting their stuff soon). The benefits of these methods means we are expanding our current facilities to have a larger Experimental Fabrication Lab with more and more machines for students to explore.

Apart from that general hint of things to come, I just wanted to post up a few other pieces of the 3D scan and Print environment that are interesting:'

New Kinect

With the release of the new Microsoft Xbox One - we get a new Kinect as well. This promises nice HD resolution scanning and display as well as speed and improved tracking. This can only mean more applications and fun are coming our way - esp when it comes to scanning of things and spaces.

Handheld Scanner

I am not sure why there arent more of this sort of kit available, but 3DSystems now have the Sense a neat and simple hand-held 3D scanner. I am keen to get things like this to make 3D scanning something simple and a task that feels less like the sole domain of extra techy folk and something anyone can do. Whether this device can achieve that is yet to be seen, but it might be worth checking out...

More Tech

When I was at the Gartner Symposium, the Microsoft stand had several Up Plus 2s running continuously printing out busts of patrons. They were using the MS Kinect and Skanect (and Sketchfab).

Commodity 3D

Taking all this tech to the commercial storefront is already happening. Whether it is the Asda supermarket chain in the UK or the guys in Japan they are creating wonderful prints of people and in colour as well. I'll have to work out how to do this or what is required...
See cool DeZeen Article.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Middle-Earth Explorer Site

This little website from the experimenters at Google is just so gorgeous it commands a blog post to pay it homage. A Journey Through Middle-Earth presents a lush map of J. R. R. Tolkein's world which lets you dive into places like Rivendell where the site allows us to move through various panels that animate as we do so in a fashion well beyond the paralax fun. Seeing the clouds moving over the hills or the movie clips slowly progressing based on my finger dragging is gorgeous.

This site is a treat for everyone, fans or otherwise with the music and even some clever rendered 'games'...