Quick and dirty floor plans with a phone

iPhone/Android: Need a quick and dirty floor plan for your house? Free app MagicPlan can put one together using just your smartphone’s camera. This is where the MagicPlan app comes in. First, it uses your phone’s camera to measure the dimensions of each room, which means you can have your whole house measured in a matter of minutes, instead of spending a couple of hours wrangling a tape measure. The measurements are accurate enough for planning purposes (although I still recommend breaking out an actual tape measure when you’re going to build something.) You can also download a PDF of your Read more

DIY material analysis

Use a homemade spectrometer to scan different materials, and contribute to an open source database. http://spectralworkbench.org/

10 things you should NEVER say during presentations

From http://thenextweb.com/lifehacks/2013/09/12/10-things-you-should-never-say-during-presentations-2/ At our TNW Conferences we see a lot of presentations and I have given a fair share of presentations myself. I often see people making the same mistakes and cringe when I hear the same excuses or basic errors when people get on stage. The easiest way to lose an audience is to make a mistake in the first minute, and that is exactly where most mistakes are made. Here is my list of 10 things you shouldn’t say during presentations: 1: I’m very jet-lagged/tired/hungover Not sure where this comes from but one in five presentations at any Read more

Where to buy cheap paint

We stock: • Emulsion paint for walls and ceilings (vinyl matt and silk) • Kitchen and bathroom paint • Paint for interior and exterior wood and metal (gloss, satinwood and eggshell) • Undercoats and primers • Masonry paint for exterior brickwork • Varnishes and woodstains • Floor and tile paint Reclaimed paint is available in a wide range of colours and sizes – from 750ml to 10 litres. A range of ‘as new’ paint donated from commercial sources is also available.     Reclaimed paint is available from the following locations for a suggested donation of £1 per litre: FRP Read more

Woodworking service London

Our background is in fine art but our roots are in woodworking To say we are a family firm is perhaps stretching a point: our small company feels like a family and our family’s roots are embedding deeply in manufacturing tradition. Tim, aged 16, was apprenticed to his grandfather in the family’s Yorkshire carpentry business and Roddy’s grandfather was a cabinet maker and furniture designer. We both left the north of England to study fine art in London: Tim at Chelsea and Roddy at Central Saint Martins and the Slade school. After graduating we became involved in the London art Read more

Sculpture Workshop – Berlin

Sculpture Workshop   The Sculpture workshop in the Berlin district of “Wedding” with an overall size of 3600 square metres and 12 metres height provides excellent conditions for artistic projects in metal, wood, stone, plaster/casting, plastics and ceramics. A 3D laser scanning system is also available. The available space sections are designed to be able to carry out a variety of projects, including large-scale and complex designs, facilitating a work environment to the highest professional standards. The workshop supervisors are there to offer advice on the technical realisation of projects, providing information on specific materials and are willing to help Read more

The RGBDToolkit – open-source 3D capture for video

The RGBDToolkit invites you to imagine the future of filmmaking. Repurposing the depth sensing camera from the Microsoft Kinect or Asus Xtion Pro as an accessory to your HD DSLR camera, the open source hardware and software captures and visualizes the world as mesmerizing wireframe forms. A CGI and video hybrid, the data can be rephotographed from any angle in post.

What is 3D Data Capture?

A document put together by SPAR Point Group detailing the many ways that 3D data can be captured. What is 3D Data Capture Includes image examples and a glossary of the 3D Data terms. Georeferenced, non-georeferenced, Laser scanning, Time of Flight, Phase-based, hand-held / close range, photogrammetry, structured light scanners and sonar.

Create your own website easily

Create your own website easily without code and using well designed simple templates some options:

sugru is the exciting new air-curing rubber that can be formed by hand.

sugru is the exciting new air-curing rubber that can be formed by hand. It bonds to most materials and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight. Developed by a team of product designers and materials scientists, sugru’s patented technology is unique in its combination of hand-formability, self-adhesion and flexibility when cured. It feels like modelling clay, and it’s that easy to use too. Once cured, its durable properties mean it’s comfortable in extreme environments from the dishwasher to the ocean to Antarctica. http://sugru.com/about

Plinths & Shelves

In need of a plinth for the show? www.artplinths.co.uk  - sculpture plinths and cases /  gallery furniture, sale and Hire.  15% student discount available. Other People’s Sculpture make sure you email all dims in an email phil@otherpeoplessculpture.co.uk Telephone +44 (0)7976396516   Another option for London is to rent  high quality plinths from Exhibition Continues. Makes money sense for shows two weeks or shorter.

Ceramatech – Ceramic Materials and Equipment

www.ceramatech.co.uk Ceramatech stocks a comprehensive range of Clays & Glazes, Underglazes & Stains, Raw Materials & Oxides, Tools,Equipment & Accessories. Frontier Works is Just Off the North Circular Road in North Tottenham, North London. Open Daily 8.30 ’till 3, & ’till 12 on selected Saturdays. Recommended to check stock before making a visit & to confirm someone is in. The daily ‘Delivery Run’, when the Warehouse closes (usually at 3, but can vary from day to day). Free Customer Parking for collections is available in the yard. 0208-885-4492 info@ceramatech.co.uk Ceramatech Ltd,16-17 Frontier Works, 33 Queen Street, London N17 8JA

MDF Cut to Size

www.mdfcuttosize.com London based MDF suppliers supplying a wide range of ‘cut-to-size’ MDF sheet, including Veneered MDF and Melamine Faced MDF.

3D modeling for everyone – SketchUp8

What makes SketchUp great? Learn about new features in SketchUp 8. Edges and Faces: That’s all there is to it  Every SketchUp model is made up of just two things: edges and faces. Edges are straight lines, and faces are the 2D shapes that are created when several edges form a flat loop. For example, a rectangular face is bound by four edges that are connected together at right angles. To build models in SketchUp, you draw edges and faces using a few simple tools that you can learn in a small amount of time. It’s as simple as that. Push/Pull: Read more

O’Reilly Safari subscription

A Safari subscription gives access to a huge library of technical books and videos. This is invaluable to someone learning a new programming language or trying to write the next big iPhone game. Safari’s monthly subscription cost is less than the price of a single printed programming book. I’ve had access to Safari at a few jobs, and the large selection of searchable books made jumping into a new project much less daunting. Price: $28/month (Link)  

Fuel RCA – developing an art or design related career

Our Basics section covers some of the most common issues that you might come across while developing an art or design related career, from gaining confidence to sorting out your taxes. We’re expanding this section all the time so keep checking back. The articles here are intended as informal guidance, giving you an overview of some important topics. For in-depth advice, always consult a lawyer, accountant or other relevant professional. You can also get one-to-one guidance from our free helpline service, Fuel Line, plus there are lots of helpful books on business matters and career development in the FuelRCA library collection. Website: http://fuel.rca.ac.uk/

Roland iModela iM-01 Affordable 3D Hobby Mill

Roland iModela iM-01. Incorporating 25 years of Roland’s proven 3D milling technology, the iModela is an inexpensive, easy-to-use desktop device that mills wax, foam, balsa wood and plastic materials commonly used in craft and hobby projects. web: http://www.rolanddg.com/news/nr111005_im-01.html

Learn HTML and CSS – book – Jon Duckett

A NICER WAY TO LEARN ABOUT HTML & CSS A book about code that doesn’t read like a 1980′s VCR manual… It’s not just for programmers, it’s written and presented to make it easy for designers, artists, bloggers, content and e-commerce managers, marketers to learn about the code used to write web pages… Learn how to: Read and write HTML5 and CSS3 Structure and design web pages and sites Prepare images, audio and video for the web Control typography and layout You will also find lots of helpful hints and practical advice alongside the code A NICER WAY TO LEARN Read more

Digital Artists Handbook: Blender: Working with 3D

Once upon a time to work with 3d software you’d need a small fortune to get you started – a few thousand Euros for the software, and a few more to partake in a premium rate course or two to learnthe basics. Or you could save your pennies and buy a mute tutorial book, which would invariably goout of date as newer versions of your program would surface, and keyboard short cuts, terminologyand layout would change.   Now the world of 3D computer graphics has opened up and its anyone’s game. Blender potentially replaces the industry standards of Maya, Cinema4D and Read more

File Preparation for 3D printing at the Bartlett DMC

Basics The way you process your three dimensional data will depend on the 3D program you are using to model in. Different programs utilise different approaches to modelling, however, the following points need to be considered independently of your software type: Ultimately the data you supply needs to be in .STL format.  The three dimensional geometry created in your 3D program can be converted to this file format typically under the File–Export menu of most programs. All geometry to be 3D printed must be in three-dimensions. Any two-dimensional geometry will not be processed or built by the 3D printer. All Read more

Toolbox tips: drilling and fixing

DIY for beginners series, we tackle screwing and drilling. Rachel Holmes explains the basics – and gets her hands on a power tool. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/house-and-homes-blog/2011/nov/16/toolbox-tips-drilling-fixing Another cold November night, another trip down to the dark railway arches of Waterloo for a spot of screwing and drilling. Yes, it was the second class in my beginners DIY course. This week we were to learn all about which screw goes into which surface using which wall fixing – and finally get our hands on a power tool. Back to the class on drilling and fixing. We started simple, with screws: SCREWS Pozidriv screw head. Read more

Recycling products – interactive tool

Got a broken TV to dispose of, or want to know how to recycle batteries, bulbs or an old laptop? Find out how to recycle an array of household products and electrical appliances here. Select the product you’re interested in and we’ll let you know if and how you can recycle it, plus share insider tips from Which? experts on how to make money recycling certain products and the range of recycling services available to you. web: http://www.which.co.uk/environment-and-saving-energy/

Artquest How-to guides for artist’s careers

This section contains ‘How to’ guides for every part of an artist’s career. From exhibiting, to earning money and more. Everything you need to know about sustaining a career as a practitioner is here. Each section focuses on a particular aspect of an artists career and covers approaches a practitioner can take to succeed. Make a living Show your work Work with others Your rights Promote yourself Promotion and application… Degree shows Prepare for the future

Email Charter

We’re drowning in email. And the many hours we spend on it are generating ever more work for our friends and colleagues. (Here’s why.) We can reverse this spiral only by mutual agreement. Hence this Charter… 10 Rules to Reverse the Email Spiral 1. Respect Recipients’ Time This is the fundamental rule. As the message sender, the onus is on YOU to minimize the time your email will take to process. Even if it means taking more time at your end before sending. 2. Short or Slow is not Rude Let’s mutually agree to cut each other some slack. Given Read more

A & M Hire Ltd Stage Prop Suppliers

A & M Hire Ltd Stage Prop Suppliers offering a range of Furniture Hire and Prop Hire for Film and Television Industry Stage Prop suppliers based in London, supplying furniture and small props to the entertainment industry, incorporating Film, Television, Theatre, Events, Themed Parties, Photographic Shoots and Show houses. We have our own Photographic Studios which can be hired at competitive rates, with a discount when you hire your props from our prop house. Prop Hire From The Leading Stage Prop Suppliers With over a million items to choose from we’re one of the largest prop houses in Europe. Anyone Read more

Software at UCL Clusters

There are many applications available at UCL Clusters that would be useful to Slade students, such as Photoshop It’s worth noting that some Clusters, such as those in UCL Libraries, are open 24 hours at certain times of year. Full list of software is on this webpage: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/staff/purchasing/software/software_bid/applications

Glazes: an introduction

Glazes can be classified into two simple groups, which are earthenware and stoneware. These groups can also be classified by firing ranges for individual glazes. Earthenware glazes mature in the range 950°C to 1190°C, where as stoneware glazes fire in the range 1200-1300°C. Some crossover can occur between the high earthenware and low stoneware temperatures. For ease of selection sub-groups are arranged within these groups based on temperatures ranges. Other methods of grouping are based on colour or finish (e.g gloss, opaque, matt etc) or even speciality (e.g. raku). At Clayman we also include a third large group called Brush-on. Read more