Diving into Rhino 3D by john cheng

In the past year, I already felt that I should get my hands dirty with some 3D rendering software so that I could add 3D modeling and 3D printing to my list of skills. It wasn't until last night that I really dove into it. I ended up choosing to use Rhino because it is currently in beta for Mac and free to download.

For my first project I knew I needed to make something simple as not to overwhelm myself with overly complex shapes. I landed on creating a new wax seal/chop that I could attach to my keys. So for the experience has been awesome! Some of my deeply engrained habits with the Adobe Creative Suite do get in the way, but all in all it's easy to get over once you get into a 3D modeling groove. Still lots to learn and experiment with but hopefully I'll be able to send this off to Shapeways soon and you'll be seeing me rock my new stamp as a keychain.

The Vignelli Canon by john cheng

Last night I decided to read through a 96 page book published by the late Mas­simo Vignelli titled the Vignelli Canon. The book gives great details into Vignelli's methodology as well as revitalized and reminded me of my love for grids. The book is avail­able for free online in PDF for­mat and I highly recommend reading through it. It's a quick read, I promise!

Ryman Eco: World's Most Beautiful Sustainable Font by john cheng

Dan Rhatigan of Monotype, talks about Ryman Eco, the world's most beautiful sustainable font. How can a font be sustainable? Think about all the ink that you use to print out all of your documents. If a letter is fat and bold, it uses more ink, therefore more you print larger fonts the more ink you will use and have to buy and waste.

Watch the video as he delves deeper into the concept behind Ryman Eco and the process that created the font.

The Man Behind the Mountain by john cheng

“The Man Behind The Mountain”, a mini doc about American folk artist Leonard Knight, creator of Salvation Mountain in California. Knight maintained and continued to create this large installation piece up until his death earlier this year. Thank you to filmmakers Ben Stoddard and Dave Ehrenreich from Don’t Sleep Productions for showing us the dedication of Lenard Knight.

Roski Talks: Stefan Bucher by john cheng

Another Roski Talks is fast approaching! Be sure to drop by USC Roski School of Art and Design on April 1, 2014 at 7pm.

Stefan G. Bucher is the man behind and the online drawing and story-telling experiment, which has spawned the wildly successful Monster Maker iPad app.

He is the author of several books, including "100 Days of Monsters" and "344 Questions—The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment." He has created designs for David Hockney, Judd Apatow, and The New York Times. He designed the titles for the motion pictures "The Fall," “Immortals” and “Mirror, Mirror” by director Tarsem.

His time-lapse drawings appear on the Emmy-award winning TV show “The Electric Company." He recently designed the Blue Man Theater at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, and in December of 2013 Saks Fifth Avenue adapted his illustrated book “The Yeti Story” into animatronic holiday window displays for their flagship store on Fifth Avenue.



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