16 04 2010

Design Central has started moving to a new Domain –

Come and check it out and let us know what you think.  It is still under construction but should be completed before the end of April 2010.

We are still a blog but have a few added features like an e-store to sell the really cool stuff that we make, a featured content slideshow so you can see quickly what’s movin and shakin on our site and a more streamlined page menu with a growing library of tutorials and teaching/learning resources.


Secret of Kells … Blender!

8 02 2010

A great looking animation made partly in Blender.  Check out the website too.


31 08 2009

 Blender 2.5  includes a whole new interface, great new modifiers and text driven command searches and much more.  I really like the look of it, am amazed by the way the smoke and liquid modifiers/simulations work and I’m looking forward to using it.  Check it out at Blender Nation.  Some might say 2.5 is for Blender what Obama is for the US.  I probably wouldn’t go that far.  Keep your eye out for more Durian previews too.


29 08 2009

Pixel Pinkie launched today on WIN TV in Tassie and NINE on the big island.  While I didn’t watch the first episode I would be interested to see what sort of flavour the series has.  The audience is tweenage girls and the content of the website is similar to other  multi-platform media merchandising machines.  The website is very well put together with clear and contemporary styling and ease of navigation and some interesting little features like using “pixels” to buy stuff to do up your own virtual world and a home page that responds with interactive niceities to your mouse overs

In terms of the content of the TV series I wonder whether Blue Rocket has broken any new ground or just recycled the same cultural forms saturating ABC Kids and other cartoon and child oriented TV.   Blue Rocket’s blurb would indicate that the overall plot is about challenging the current stereotypes on modern feminine beauty and coolness with a “being true to yourself ” theme running through the series.  Does it acheive this purpose?  Well that remains to be seen.  What do you think?  Was it worth the $650,000 that Screen Tasmania invested in the show?  Does it raise the bar for children’s television in content, style and purpose?  Does it help to give Australian media production more credibility or less?  Or is Pixel Pinkie just more of the same and soon to be forgotten?  Vote in the poll and leave a comment. 

For all those Pre T’ C,G &D students it is well worth noting the fact that Blue Rocket is on the up and up have a lot of  interesting stuff  to play and view on their website.  They are FLASH fanatics with great ideas for functional navigation, nifty layout and simple yet effective 3D visualisations and animations.  Check it out. Research them,  contact them and get inspired to make your own cool stuff.  Enjoy.

Another Page Turner

28 07 2009

For all you budding web designers.


10 02 2009

Follow the links on this page to get some help with your logo creation.