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Time line digital fabrication, web2

The attached image shows a timeline starting about 30 years ago listing relevant developments and services for my project.

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Curve/Curve gold, new folded form

Formed by a combination of digitally controlled and manual processes, this work can decorate a wall as well as a table. A CNC router cuts the pattern I designed, guiding the manual deformation of the aluminium composite material into a 3d form. This material is lightweight, durable and colourfast, all qualities that make them ideal for creating lasting individually designed works.

More images of objects in this series here.

Curve/Curve gold, 585 x 480 x 75mm

Curve/Curve gold back

Curve/Curve gold back detail

Knicks LED light, use of digital fabrication for design prototyping

This light was in the making for a long time and is now finally completed. See earlier post. Its design includes several digital fabrication processes like laser cutting (acrylic and brass) and rapid prototyping (gold-plated stainless steel) using Ponoko‘s distributed manufacturing system. All metal surfaces are gold plated taking advantage of Ponoko’s US based production hub which offers rapid prototyping directly into metal.

Its dimensions are: 600 x 150 x 710 mm and the light head holds four 1watt LED’s.

More lights of this series here.

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ur QR

I am getting quite fond of QR (quick reference) codes. These strange square pattern link the ‘real’ world to information or places in cyperspace. You can ‘read’ them with your smart phone – I use the iPhone app QRReader – or create them with their phone or on a website like qrstuff. Such a code can assist with promoting professional practice and can find its way on your business and invitation cards as well as your email signature block.

Here is a QR code linking straight to my new website.

(Either scan it with a QR reader or just click on it)

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On first ‘site’

Finally I have my first website. Using ‘Prosite’ on Behance made it easy to put together a site with the look and functionality I wanted. All the previous work I put into my project pages on Behance – images, captions and more – payed off and loaded automatically into my design. See my earlier post about the project page here.

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Starting from a Prosite template (in this case basic white), the web interface made it easy to customise the layout without touching a line of code. I liked the option to create my own icon for  iPad and other mobile devices. This icon appears if my site is added to the home screen of such a device.

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Now I am set to let this site grow over time and become the center of my web presents. Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions for my site.

Pixler online image editor 1. Levels, crop and resize

Pixler is a fantastic free image editor showing how powerful online tools have become. Springing to life inside you internet browser t running on both a Mac or PC, all you need is internet access. If you know Photoshop you will find familiar tools in similar places.

You can view YouTube tutorials here.

The following steps illustrate how an image could be improved and resized for online viewing, like an online learning site. The image has a lot to be improved on eg the contrast enhanced (using the Levels tool), cropped  and resized for screen viewing.

This image taken on a cloudy day with out a proper background and lighting serves as a the starting point.

Image to be prepared for screen viewing

Image to be prepared for screen viewing

1.) Open Pixler and the image to be edited.

test image open in Pixler

2.) Enhance contrast. From the ‘Adjustment’ menu select ‘Levels’ use the sliders to set the ‘black and white points’ as well as the balance.

Select 'levels' in the adjustment menu

Select 'levels' in the adjustment menu

levels adjusted, note the change in contrast.

levels adjusted, note the change in contrast.

3.) If needed use the crop tool to ‘frame’ the object in the image.

Crop tool applied to the image

Unwanted parts of the image cropped away

4.) Resize for screen viewing. I recommend to set the image to 1024 pixels wide or 768 high. Please note if the width is 1024 but the hight is more then 768, then adjust the hight to 768 even the resulting width is then less then 1024. An image in portrait format might be 768 pixels high but only a few hundred pixels wide.

Select image size from the 'Image' menu

Select image size from the 'Image' menu

    Image size menu
Image size menu

To save the image, select Save from the ‘File’ menu. I would recommend to change the name of the image to not save over (loose) the original image if  you have adjusted the image size (pixel count).

This is the saved file in full resolution (click to open)

Final image for screen viewing

Final image for screen viewing

You can find out more about Pixlr on its FAQ site. You can also see tutorials on YouTube here.

Soon I will post how to remove the background and add a shadow to the image.

2010 in review

WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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In 2010, there were 6 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 35 posts. There were 16 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was December 8th with 328 views. The most popular post that day was True digital art on iPad by David Hockney.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were ifreestores.com, flickr.com, wer-weiss-was.de, uclue.com, and soa.anu.edu.au.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for albrecht dürer, albrecht durer, dürer, david hockney ipad, and duerer.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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True digital art on iPad by David Hockney October 2010
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Ist Albrecht Dürer ein Fehler unterlaufen? Eine überraschende Entdeckung in seinem Holzschnitt ‘Der Zeichner der Laute’ June 2007
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Did Albrecht Duerer get it wrong? A surprise discovery in one of his prints. May 2007
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Further to Albrecht Dürer’s 1525 woodcut ‘Man drawing a Lute’ (The Draughtsman of the Lute) June 2007
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Production of exhibition catalogue made easy June 2009
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