Category Archives: Year 2


Yes! At last all that hard work has been rewarded most richly. I’m on track for a first, getting As in all my subjects apart from Design practice (got a B). I knew I wouldn’t manage to get an A in design practice after the flop that was the first project for a whopping 40%. I’m so very very pleased.

Now I just need to think up an amazing 3rd year project idea in time for whoever is going to be my tutor on this placement year and then I’ll have my first!

University ends

There now! Finished year 2! I guess I should feel more of a sense of accomplishment (perhaps I will when I get my grades back, got a provisional ‘A’ so far in web applications) but instead all I have is this craving to go somewhere sunny far far away…

3D modelling results

Amazingness! It’s sunny for the first time in what feels like weeks and when I woke this morning and saw it I thought I might explode with happiness. Still absolutely freezing but nevermind.

I went to see a very interesting film called Tsotsi yesterday with Dalip. It’s an Acadamy award winner – the best foreign film of the year apparently, made in South Africa. It certainly was very good, and it was very strange hearing colloquial Afrikaans again, with all the slang I can remember using when I lived there. I could actually still understand it, which surprised me a great deal. It was mainly in Xhosa from what I can tell (which I only briefly studied for a year) but it often swapped to Afrikaans and sometimes English too. Oh yeah, and the music rocked.

We got our 3D modelling results back yesterday too, even more excitement! I’m very pleased with my grade of 83%, a nice strong A, but less pleased with the feedback. There were 1 word or 2 word comments on each section, and the 3 word comments made absolutely no sense.

What on earth does “Composition of 3D set: basic extensively discussed” mean? And why is he just seemingly marking us on talking about it, instead of the actual way I chose to compose it, and all the planning that went into it? It’s weird.

Another one is the conclusion: “Acceptable extensively conclusion” – anyone?

3D modelling

I’ve finally finished my 3D modelling assignment, hurrah!

Description: You are required to create a 3D model of a shop/store front either from your imagination of from an example front from a shop/store from reality.

We also had to make a flyby to show it off. I’ve included a small version of this in the ‘Major Projects’ section.

I had tonnes of ideas for different camera angles, more hats, even greebling a city round it. I wanted to try and do water, and grass to go round my trees in their pots instead of a boring ground texture. It could have been a lot better. It was SO much fun to do though, I’ll probably go back to it in a week or so and finish it off properly (definitely would sync up the animation and music better!).

I’ve learnt a lot more than the basic stuff I knew about 3DSM from going to the imaging labs. I’ve followed different tutorials and discovered many of the tools on my own. I feel confident with the package, although I have a lot more to learn. I’ve found from this assignment that I do really enjoy 3D modelling (except maybe the panic of getting everything rendered properly), and I absolutely love creating and editing textures for different maps to make a really nice object.

hmm well……

We got the design practice (Make A Difference) assignments back today.

I didn’t actually get that bad a mark for it, ended up with a C which is more than I think I deserve, although Leon’s comments confused me a great deal and made me feel as if he hadn’t actually looked through it properly, so I might go have a talk with him about that if I can muster the enthusiasm.

That’s the problem, enthusiasm. I seem to be completely lacking in it for anything lately; really need to sort that out.

Make a Difference

The first assignment for design practice. We had to create a multimedia artefact which would somehow make a difference to society in some way by addressing a social issue.

I chose binge-drinking and targetted it at students and young people, but I’m not at all happy with the result. Having to juggle the imaging assignment at the same time as this and complete both within about 3 weeks just made me feel overworked and harassed. We had of course been told about the assignments beforehand but pretty much only recieved both final versions of the briefs with 3 weeks to go before the deadline. Very frustrating.

Excuses aside, I simply did not put enough thought into my final artefact and, well, it shows.

You can see it all here.

First assignment complete!

The first imaging assignment consisted of 3 parts. We had to create:

  • A quicktime VR panorama
  • A portrait, preferably using the university studio equipment
  • A surrealist image composition of two or more photographs

all embedded in a director movie with a write up.

It was groupwork, and I think I would have quite enjoyed it if not for the tight deadlines and terrible weather/light we had.

I ended up doing the surrealist image composition (as far as I remember) the night before we had to hand it in and I’m actually amazed at how happy I am with it. I’ll upload it when I get the whole thing (in a few days).

UML assignment

This assignment’s actually quite surprisingly and worryingly easy and quick to do. It’s meant to be 15 hours but i’ve done the bulk of the work in less than 2 hours. I still need to create the diagrams and so on, but in essence it seems to be finished. It also seems like it should be a groupwork assignment so you can bounce ideas off each other and create better diagrams.

All very strange.

Interactive toy

We’ve been given a new assignment (actually we were given it ages ago) for interaction. We have to pick an academic area like, say, Biology and pick a specific aspect of biology we find interesting. We’re meant to create something which will give users a chance to play around with that concept/idea and it’s meant to be:

  • small in scope
  • engaging and appealing
  • unusual and creative

It sounds like a pretty fun project.

I’ve been thinking about several academic fields, but I’m currently favouring the idea of light, and by extension colour. This might be too wide a concept though, but I’m not yet decided on how to focus it. Maybe looking at light intensity (ie, colour)? Or refraction and reflection? It’s a tough one. More research needed!