Category Archives: Design

Unity on the Menu for 2016

Official_unity_logoI’m pleased to announce that Nayland College Digital Dojo has been granted educational licenses to use Unity 5 in 2016.

From their website:

Unity Technologies values the immense contributions made by educators and educational institutions. You help drive the future of the industry and expand the use of interactive application and game development technologies. You teach, support and mentor learners so they can realize their ambitions. We do all we can to support you through:

  • Easy and open access for individual students and faculty with Unity 5 Personal Edition
  • Special offers for institutions on licenses, content and services
  • An enhanced program of video tutorials and sample projects to support learning
  • An comprehensive, competency-based, hands-on curricular framework
  • An industry-validated Professional Skills Standard with an academic cross-reference
  • A vibrant online community of committed users keen to team up and offer advice

Don’t Fear The Internet Video Series

dfti-960Don’t Fear The Internet is a video series designed to introduce you to the basics of the internet and website programming.

Video #1 is at the bottom of the page – they are listed in order of release date rather than the order you should probably view them.

This video series was created by designer/typographer Jessica Hische and her web developer husband Russ Maschmeyer who are both well respected in their fields of expertise.

Highly recommended for quality of content and correctness of coding practices 🙂

 

Aparna Rao: High-tech art (with a sense of humor)

Artist and TED Fellow Aparna Rao re-imagines the familiar in surprising, often humorous ways. With her collaborator Soren Pors, Rao creates high-tech art installations — a typewriter that sends emails, a camera that tracks you through the room only to make you invisible on screen — that put a playful spin on ordinary objects and interactions.

 

Blender Has Come a Long Way

I learned 3D on Lightwave which, in 2002, was a contender with Maya and 3D Studio Max. Because it was free, I downloaded Blender back then, took it for a spin and was a bit disappointed. Because it was open source and community driven I filed it in my brain alongside Ubuntu Linux as “wait and see”.  I had a look recently and have to say, I’m impressed. Check out this user contributed demo video: