A smartphone usually is laying on your desk without any additional purpose. Once I decided that it can be turned into a classic pixel icon — the «happy computer». The only thing you need is a special stand that looks like a small computer case. The easiest way to create such case is using some paper and glue. The papercraft is the way to create such thing. It took me few days to design a blueprint and now it is ready! The idea is pretty simple: you create the stand, then put a special wallpaper at lock screen of your phone , then put your phone in the stand. Voilà! You got a real life happy computer icon, which looks especilly good at a night
To create the stand you need heavy paper (you need something about 240-260 g/m2), it is better to use the matte one. A paper glue of a good quality. A paper cut knife and a ruler. Remember that you create the stand at your own risk! It is made of paper and it is not pretty solid, your phone can fall out and can be damaged, so be careful.
There several blueprints you can choose from (All are PDFs):
You can also download the assembly instructions
Download a proper wallpaper for you Lock screen. It would be better to turn off the Perspective Zoom feature for the wallpaper (in other case the image would not have a fixed position at the screen). That can be done at wallpaper choosing menu of your iPhone.
Then simply cut out all the elements from the blueprints and assemble them. Try to keep your hands clean, otherwise some black marks can be put. After the complection of the stand give some time for the glue to set. Meantime you can use a black magic marker (or black ink) to sweep under the carpet all seams
The spiritual successor for my project called The Diacritics: another concept of the CD cover with a special spot in it. In this case several emoticons are printed on a surface of the CD, so by rotating it you can switch between various emotional states of the main character
My personal project inspired by visual look of different diacritic symbols. A concept of a cd cover for a fictional music band The Diacritics and their album called “A”.The main idea is to utilize a special envelope with a slot in it. The slot helps to behold the diacritic symbols printed on the surface of the compact disc. The disk could be rotated since different symbols would appear on the cover
I’ve always wondered why t-shirts and some other clothing only have fixed artworks and texts customers can’t change by themselves? That is so boring! So I decided to change the situation. The plan was to use simple tools that are near at hand. Various digital screens are good, but they are expensive and require some special experience. Since I chose objects each ordinary person has: a bunch of buttons and a skein of bright thread. The concept BUTTONS+LETTERS was born. All you need is to put all buttons in a grid (10×10 buttons) sewing each of them very carefully. Then you have to take a snippet of the thread and reel it on the buttons creating letters or simple images. Voilà!
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I’ve written and illustrated a book about the development of games for mobile devices: particularly for iOS platform. The book is called “iPhone Game Blueprints” and it was published by Packt Publishing. It is available both as a traditional paper book and as eBook.
Language : English
Paperback : 358 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : December 2013
ISBN : 184969026X
The book can be found at the publisher’s website:
Or at Amazon.com:
The book was created to inspire people to create wonderful games. It tries to cover such important topics as generating an idea of a game, creating proper plot, working with graphic assets, considering the screen resolutions, planning game characters (introducing factors that can help to create either a cute or a scary character), working with animation, knowing the ergonomics, including the some info about players with some special needs like persons who have some forms of color blinding
There are concepts of seven games inside the book:
- Gesture game
- Card game
- Puzzle game
- Platform game
- Adventure game
- Augmented reality (AR) game.
Each concept has the full description of the game mechanics, game plot, objectives and so on. It also include some graphic templates of game pieces, characters (both protagonists and antogonists). Each game idea is fully customizable, since some new interpretations can be easily generated.
You can see some pages and illustrations from the book here:
The new concept, created by me. I wonder that it would be great if we can use dust jackets and bookmarks together to create a unique image of a paper book. This idea can help to expand book’s space
Update: There is a real life example of the using of the JACKETS+BOOKMARKS. I’ve designed a cover art for the book Swiss Life: 30 Things I Wish I’d Known, written by american writer Chantal Panozzo. The book is using special bookmarks as promotional materials. You can find more details at the project’s page.
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If there is a street lamp behind your window, then the lamp draws a light contour on your walls. You can use this to create shadow-images. Just put a paper image at the window glass
For example, you can recreate a scene from Space Invaders or Pac-man;)
Or wish yourself good night. You also may put some images that can help you in sheep counting 🙂
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The simpliest way to create a pixel Valentine’s Day card is to buy two chocolate bars. One must be made of dark chocolate, another one – from white. You have to breake chocolate bars into pieces to get black and white chocolate “pixels”.
Then you have to put them in a box. You may use your own box, or can download it in PDF from here (note: may be it will need little adjustments for your type of chocolate bars, feel free to make them)
Adobe PDF document: Box
Adobe PDF document: layout
This is very tasty pixel art!;)
Some people fall in love with my idea of a paper bookmark with a Save icon on it. That bookmark was part of my iconote concept. Now you can make your own Save bookmark. All you need to do is download vector based image from this post, print it out, cut out and and that’s that!
Please, choose the appropriate format to download (PDF is optimal):
Adobe PDF document
Eco-friendly version (one sheet of paper, a lot of bookmarks):
Adobe PDF document