10 tips for hard surface modelling

This image of Brunel’s Great Eastern steamship from 1858 is on permanent display at a new £7 million museum in Bristol, which opened its doors in the spring of 2018. ‘Being Brunel’ is part of the National Brunel Institute and the SS Great Britain Trust. The model in this image has been organised into multiple layers and was built primarily using 3ds Max and V-Ray. The characters were clothed with Marvellous Designer and Phoenix FD was used to generate a realistic light emitting from the ship’s furnaces. 10 top 3ds Max tutorials The best 3D modelling software 2018 Coal piles are generated from a single object instanced many times with Particle Array, and Displacement modifiers have been used to create the gnarly rope textures. The model is lit by a blue-coloured GI environment, one VRaySun, five V-Ray Disc lights and 30 VRayIES accent lights. For this exercise we will concentrate Read the full article…

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Firewatch Developer Campo Santo Acquired by Valve

Firewatch developer Canto Santo has been acquired by Valve. A post on Campo Santo’s official site explains that the company’s 12 employees have “agreed to join Valve” and will “maintain our jobs as video game developers and continue production on our current project, In the Valley of Gods.” “We had a series of long conversations with the people at Valve and everyone shared the satisfaction we take in working with people whose talents dwarf our own to make things we never thought possible,” the post reads. “Both sides spoke about our values and how, when you get right down to it, we, as human beings, are hard-limited by the time we have left when it comes to making the things we care about and believe in. They asked us if we’d all be interested in coming up to Bellevue and doing that there and we said yes.” Powered Read the full article…

Xbox Games with Gold for May Revealed

The lineup of games available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers in May 2018 has been revealed. The following titles we be available for download for Xbox Live Gold members next month: Super Mega Baseball 2 – May 1-31 (Xbox One) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – May 16 to June 15 (Xbox One) Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage – May 1-15 (Xbox One, Xbox 360) Vanquish – May 16-31 (Xbox One, Xbox 360) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a masterpiece and “a gameplay marvel, rewarding intelligence and creativity in a way few games do.” It’s no wonder we gave the game a 10 and a glowing review to go along with it. Read the full article…

Thankfully, Nintendo is already selling Toy-Con cardboard replacement parts for Labo

Nintendo’s new cardboard creation experiment Labo is out today, but if you had concerns about your Toy-Con kits breaking or wearing out (because, well, they’re made of cardboard), fear not. Nintendo is selling replacement parts for nearly every piece of the Toy-Con kits over at its online store, as spotted by IGN. Parts range from $1.99 for more reflective stickers to up to $13.99 for the cardboard robot body, with plenty in between for other pieces and parts. Our games editor Andrew Webster noted in his review that the Labo kits are surprisingly durable, and the Labo apps are apparently pretty helpful in guiding DIY repairs, too. The option to buy outright replacements without spending the extra money on a whole new kit seems like a… Read the full article…

Vergecast: Android Chat, Nintendo Labo, and Motorola (like a) G6

It was a slow week until Google decided to attempt another fix for Android messaging and Nintendo made the entire staff fall in love with cardboard. Nilay’s still on paternity leave, but Dieter and Paul are grateful to be joined again by technology editor Natt Garun to help explain it all. We also jumped on the hot-button issues like the Russian ban of Telegram and how Alexa Skill Blueprints aren’t Turing complete. And, of course, Paul’s weekly segment “Ring-a-ding-ding” has all the insightful Bluetooth MIDI accessory commentary you crave. 1:20 – Chat for Android 20:48 – Telegram 29:22 – Nintendo Labo 37:41 – Amazon Skill Blueprints 41:09 – Motorola G6 43:44 – Paul’s Weekly Segment “Ring-a-ding-ding” 46:39 – New free Spotify 48:51 – RIP… Read the full article…

9 golden rules for combining fonts

Finding the right font pairing is an artform – in this article, we offer some tips and tricks for getting it right. Let’s say you’ve hunted through all the great paid and free fonts you can find, and picked the perfect typeface to suit your project.  Great fonts don’t live in isolation – you need something to go with it that will complement it and help it shine. Then you need to figure out how to use your choices effectively within your design. Here are the golden rules of matching fonts to help get you started.  01. Don’t use too many fonts Wired comes with a typeface designed for web usage: Exchange Web First things first: don’t go mad with fonts. You want to pick a couple that work together and set the tone and mood you want to portray. Too many fonts will create a jarring experience.  02. Consider Read the full article…

20+ Best iPhone 8 Mockups

Having a set of up-to-date iPhone mockups to use when presenting your designs to clients is a crucial part of being a professional designer. In this post, we bring you a set of iPhone 8 mockups to add to your ever-growing collection. iPhone 8 was one of the most anticipated devices in the Apple’s lineup. However, the device didn’t receive as much attention as it should have when it was overshadowed by the iPhone X release. As a result, many designers also focused on crafting mockups for the iPhone X, making it tricky to find a decent iPhone 8 mockup. To help you out, we surfed the web to make a collection of the best iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus mockups so you don’t have to spend hours searching for them. iPhone 8 Mockup This beautiful iPhone 8 mockup comes with 4 different device color options for you to Read the full article…

Nubia’s Red Magic smartphone is designed for gaming, down to the glowing LEDs on the back

The Red Magic is the new phone from Nubia (a ZTE sub-brand in China), and it’s built for gaming. But you probably didn’t need me to tell you that. The Red Magic is practically screaming “extreme gamer,” with its sharp, hexagonal cutouts for the camera and fingerprint sensor, aggressively red vents and details, and the glowing LED strip on the back, via Liliputing. Oddly, the specs on the Red Magic aren’t actually quite in line with what you’d expect from a mobile gaming powerhouse. The 6-inch, 2160 x 1080 pixel display is up there, but it’s not a 120Hz panel like Razer offers, and it uses last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor instead of the newer Snapdragon 845. The Red Magic is practically screaming “EXTREME GAMER” The rest of… Read the full article…

3 Apps With Great Search UX: Here Is What You Can Learn From Them

When was the last time you literally had to stop for a second (or a few) to think about how to use an app or a specific feature? Exactly. You see, most of the popular apps we use on a daily basis have such an intuitive and well-optimised user experience, that we do not even […] The post 3 Apps With Great Search UX: Here Is What You Can Learn From Them appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…