Pots to Presents

One of the things I have been enjoying most is creating and 3D printing special pots with the intent that with some lovely succulents or similar plants added they will make for some unique…


Trellorising Projects and Life

Yep, it feels like the right time to dive into some better task/todo management for myself as well as some key projects I am hurling more energy into. There are sooo many techniques and tools out…


Website Respawn

Ok, the previous site didn't actually die or anything, but spending a suite of hours over the last few days migrating over to the new WordPress platform feels like a rebirth of sorts. I admit I had…


Lizard Rock

This time I wanted to give Sketchable a try on my SurfaceBook, so a quick download later and I was doodling away. Things were going fine for a while with this rockin' lizard dude finding its way onto…


LOL OCE Pixel Art Contest

I have been meaning to try my hand at a League of Legends art event/contest and hey-presto the OCE region has a pixelart contest on right now. I admit I hadnt really done any pixel art so I had fun…


Sketchbook Pro

I am lucky enough to be experimenting with a beefy Microsoft Surface Book and while I was using Photoshop for drawing and sketching before, I thought I might give Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro a go…


Design Studio Week 4

Yes, somehow 4 weeks of the course have raced by already. After the class initially trended towards most people doing solo projects (including myself) to a few weeks later where almost everyone is in…


Autodesk University

Autodesk software is the cornerstone of many industries whether it be simple old AutoCAD, the might of Revit in the BIM space, their dominance in 3D Modelling with 3ds Max and Maya or their suite of…


Uper Unity and Unreal Updates

Yes, shiny updates for both the Unity and the Unreal real-time engines recently. Just look at all the new additions and the wonderful demos created to show them off. Having done a little with both I…


UE4 First Look

With the cool new licensing model, top shelf graphics and editor tools and a vast community the latest Unreal Engine (UE4) from Epic Games is something I have been keen to take a look at. With a…


Syrinscape and Tremulus HB

I have been scheming away for the next session of our 13th Age game and I am loving how the story is now revolving around the heroes actions and that the activity is really being derived from the…


Platypus Grasshopper Rhino

Core studio have released the alpha version of Platypus, their plugin for Grasshopper (Rhino) that allows for models to sync in realtime through to the web in multiple sessions. While I personally…


Graphics Apps on the SurfacePro2

I have been using Photoshop plenty on the SurfacePro2 and apart from the odd issue with a driver it works like a treat. Being able to sketch, colour, edit and manipulate all live there on the screen…


Cryengine Showcase and Visualisation

We do love the CryEngine, with the freeSDK we have access to a remarkable amount of software grunt, armed with some nice hardware we can be immersed in some amazing worlds and experiences. I would…


Unity5 Coming

Yes, Unity 5 has been officially announced today and it is looking like another good upgrade in terms of the toolset, the visuals and the audials (doubtful that is a real word, but it made sense to…


Fictional Google Maps

When I found this map casually embedded in an Obsidian Portal campaign it was a bit of a revelation. On the one hand it seemed so obvious, but then how simple have Google made things for us to…


Realtime from Sketchup

Yesterday we were looking at various options for getting architectural design ideas in sketchup into an elegantly rendered (if not wonderfully realistic) realtime experience. Ideally this would…


Unity3D and Nvyve VIs

It is scary that I have fond memories of my Unity3D projects - yes fond memories. That means I haven't done anything with the toolset for several thousand years now, even Lord Elrond is struggling to…


Dancing with Google Tango

Google has opened up applications for early exploration of their Project Tango kit. It is great to see people like Google who are able to innovate in this nexus of the device, the OS, the…


OpenRefine and Custard

I got my first taste of Google Refine which is now OpenRefine - a pretty classy little app for wrangling datasets. There are some elements of Excel-like-ness to the tools, but they are superficial.…