Bigfoot Patrol Membership Kit on Kickstarter

Bigfoot Patrol Membership Kit

Bigfoot Patrol Membership Kit

I’ve been a bit slack in mentioning the Kickstarter campaign I’ve been running for my art merchandise crowd funding project, the “Bigfoot Patrol Membership Kit”. The art and design was all created by me with the underlying concept of “What if the National Park system had an actual division to track Bigfoot in all those acres of wilderness int he park system?” I went for a fun “Junior Ranger” approach to some of the merchandise, with echoes of my Star Wars Fan Club and KISS Army memberships as a kid.

If you are unfamiliar with Kickstarter, basically it’s a way to raise funds for projects as a sort of a pre-order system. If the funding isn’t reached 100%, you do not have to pay. Which means I need your pledges to help reach my funding goal!

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In (Partial) Defense of Apple’s Skeuomorphic Design in iOS

Faux stitched leather annoys me too. But I’m not sure all skeuomorphic design is bad.

Wikipedia defines skeuomorphic design as:

an element of design or structure that serves little or no purpose in the artifact fashioned from the new material but was essential to the object made from the original material

I find it annoying in certain situations in iOS and OS X, such as the Phone app icon ยน, the Address Book on the Mac, the page flips in iBooks. Still, I’m not turned off by the green felt in Game Center.

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Goblin ARTag

new Goblin ARTag ground array | Flickr

There’s something intrinsically cool about the design of these AR (Augmented Reality) tags. They have this cool 8-bit hieroglyph vibe to them that I really like.

The idea is that you place them on real-world object, and then a camera connected to a computer recognizes them and the perspective at which it sees them, and uses this info to render a virtual object at the proper angle, view and perspective.

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