Adventures in Mapmaking: How to Map the Age of Buildings in Your Hometown

You may have seen some of the beautiful maps of building ages that have been cropping up around the internet. I first noticed an amazing one of Portland, and then another great one of Brooklyn. I decided I wanted to try to make one of San Francisco, but, as I still know very little about making maps, I knew I’d need help.

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Competition for Customizing Desktop Images and Screen Savers for Computer Labs at CSB

Good work requires good tools, but good tools do not necessarily create inspiring environments. Yes, in design area, we have fabulous computer labs all sorts facilities. We are wealthy but not happy because our labs look like Apple stores rather than an art school. So we decided to take a step to customize our virtual environment and we are announcing a competition for designing desktop images and screen savers for theses labs.

Here is a fun and thorough presentation about screen savers:

You can simply code the screensaver with processing or if you want to explore Xcode follow the link:

All other hacky or techy ways are accepted as long as approved by Shane.
Animated GIF’s are also OK.

Desktop image should be no smaller than 2560-by-1440 px. and size for the saver should be relative and 16:9 aspect ratio.

Prizes are stunning! Winners will get a VAP credit and a lunch with design area faculty! The winner will be responsible for assisting the installation and maintenance of the work.

The selection will be made by a closed jury and the results will be announced on this blog.

Please submit to no later than February 18, 2013.

3D Printing Club






If you would like to print something out, prepare to bring an object in .stl format.

Ummm, if you don’t know what’s going on, watch this youtube video.

How to 3D Print at Rutgers?

3D printing event at makerspace, last Thursday was fun and inspiring. This is a weekly event, you can always join Rick Anderson at 35 Berrue Circle Piscataway Township, Thursdays 8 pm.

The size of the printer is 6 in. x 8 in. x 6 in. so largest module of your design should not exceed these dimensions. Printer uses ABS, PVA or PLA. These filaments are available in limited colors and our makerspace is not carrying them all but you can take a look to all availbel colors from makerbot store.

Basically the printer reads from a software called MakerWare allowing to read from an .stl or .obj file. You should prepare your model in of these formats. Autodesk123D and Tinkercad  seem to be the most commonly used software for this purpose but as a designer I would also suggest using Rhinoceros or ZBrush. Rhinoceros has already started a RhinoFabLab.

One of the most popular and free 3D drawing software is SketchUp, actually it doesn’t really save or export .stl but here is a tutorial to convert from prepared by makerbot.

For inspiration and watching some modalities and limits you may spend some time on THINGIVERSE.