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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.

Behance and in good company

A professional looking site to present ones creative works the Behance network is ideal to easily create a portfolio site based on projects that can represent a body of work. Being a web2 service, all one needs to do is create an account on the Behance site and free portfolio pages can be created.

Particular interesting is the option to view your work without any adds,  a URL is provided that can be sent to anyone who might be interested in your work ‘add-free’. Link to my projects.

Add free view of my project gallery

Project gallery on Behance

The projects displays work as gallery pages – the templates are simple and attractive, showing large images and can contain a variety of media.

Behance project page open

project page open

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.

CAD to gold-plated stainless steel

Web-based fabrication has gotten even more exciting with a new material/process offered through the Ponoko system. Getting computer models ‘printed’ in 3D using online rapid prototyping processes is established but having the CAD parts arrive in stainless steel with a gorgeous rich gold coat is quite something.

ponoko stainless steel gold-plated parts

This new material/process is offered through the US hub and is equally as easy to order as the 2d laser-cutting service. I found that dimensions ‘shrink’ slightly eg holes I had modeled as 3.9 mm turned out to be 3.4 mm in the finished parts. Being mostly stainless steel (with some bronze wicked into it) it proved very difficult to drill the holes to the right size. High speed drill bits (even titanium tipped) are blunt after drilling only 6mm deep. Reducing the speed from the recommended 1000 rpm to a third helped to improve their staying power slightly. I look forward to the carbon-nitride drill bit I ordered to finally finish the job.

These parts are for a new light using a mix of digitally fabricated and manually made elements. The ‘gold’ parts are intented to connect carbon fiber rods forming the main structure of the design.

design sketch and wire model

A post about a post

What goes round, comes round. I was surprised to find my post ‘True digital art on iPad by David Hockney‘ almost word for word as well as image for image re-posted and littered with advertising by ‘theproductjudge’. As this post was intended as a thank-you to David Hockney’s for his generosity, I am frustrated by this syndication, code for rip-off. Frustratingly they even ripped-off my title and achieved swiftly a much higher Google ranking.

David Hockney iPad drawings

David Hockney iPad drawings

However, my blog stats  suddenly increased as one of my images showing David Hockney’s drawings on iPads has gone up in Google’s ranking – number 4 if one searched ‘David Hockney iPad’ – due to this appropriation.

David Hockney iPad google hit 4th image

4th image on Google for David Hockney iPad

Similar to this but legit: Martyn Gayford wrote online about Hockney’s current exhibition of iPad drawings in Paris, days later this text was printed – ink on paper – in the ‘Canberra Times’ including the image of me with the iPads taken at an earlier event at ANU School of Art.

So, what ever is available can reappear in many forms. I just would have liked to been asked before someone uses my words and images (intellectual property) and tries to make a commercial gain.

Prezi, or no more powerpoint for me!

Recently I came across ‘Prezi’, a non-linear presentation tool. I am totally impressed by this simple and fun-to-use online software.
Its  easy to organise and present text, images and video’s in a fluent way that can convey complex topics.

'Home' view of Hockney 'Prezi'

One can ‘zoom’ to any point of the presentation and back without  a sense of breaking the presentation. I enjoyed its smooth moves and flexibility for this presentation about iPad drawings by David Hockney (link to post about these iPad drawings).

The only improvement I would like to suggest is better text editing eg more font options.

Best to check out Prezi for yourself here.


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