Metaverse Tutorials

I have been working on a tutorial blog for novice 3D worlds users, geared towards the attendees of virtual conference session to be held as part of ISEA2011:
The tutorials are custom designed for a standalone metaverse called NGrid, which is hyperlinked to the OpenSim system, however I am hoping that most of the material will be useful to all novice metaverse users, regardless where their virtual locations might be.

More images of NGrid can be seen here:

And the page for the ISEA2011 event is here:


how to make a work blog

To give you an idea on how to use a blog to develop a project. At no point were even two of the four project partners in the same physical location. All exchange was conducted either in Second Life, with email, or via the blog:

Project Groups

Group #1
Eren Tantekin
Dünya Değirmenci
Fırat Günal

Group #2
Cem Gündüz
Murat Cansoy
Kutay Çenek

Group #3
Fırat Nasırlı
Serdar Adalı
İpek El

Group #4
Doğukan Malbora
Ayşe Naz Pelen
Mustafa Güven

Group #5
Orkun Özbek
Emre Albayrak
Farhood Negin
Servet Ulaş

workshops: image of science

there will be 2 sets of workshops at sabanci university in july on how to visualize scientific data and information.

How can we make sense of the information that surrounds us in today’s complex world? How can we make explanations of the natural and the man-made world; give visual expression to otherwise invisible information; help ease complex tasks; or help people find their way. How can we bring order to rich databases as well as the built environment using elements of visual communication?

Designers achieve these tasks by exploring the nature of information. They interpret and communicate information using the same elements they use in creating aesthetic pleasure, that is, lines, shapes, and colors — but with their added knowledge of the processes that help human cognition.

please check the workshop website for further information. any scientist who has an idea to visualize in any subject (computer science, mechanics, biology, chemistry, physics, etc..) or any designer who likes to work on information design, information visualization and infographics are welcome. this will be a collaborated event so there will be lots of group work and hopefully lots of nice outcomes.

The Behance Network

I stumbled upon this quite by accident, some of you may already know all about it. In any case, this is a very high end design networking domain which accepts membership based upon a review process and also works as a job center/recruitment domain. Hardly surprising since the work which is showcased is of absolutely superb quality and some of the best known art directors and designers in the industry are members. That said, they did accept me as a member, so I see no reason why those of you that have well developed portfolios (particularly seniors and graduate students) should not apply for membership as well.

Just for bookmarks

I have started to collect my bookmarks and other weird/maybe useful stuff which I find in my online travels under a separate blog. Reason is that I simply cannot remember what the stuff that I bookmark relates to unless I have an image to look at. This is a personal collection and also includes things like boots that I want to buy and funny cat videos. However, there is also quite a bit that relates to art and design, so some of you may find the stuff that I collect useful. The sequence of the posts is totally random. I am however, attempting to bring some kind of a method to madness by setting up hierarchical categories and tagging stuff.


digital compositing & visual storytelling seminars in Sabanci Unv.

Dr. Akleman is a computer graphics researcher who made significant contributions to shape modeling and computer aided sculpting. Based on his theoretical work on topological modeling, high genus manifold shapes can easily be constructed using a Topological Modeler called TopMod3D. He also had a significant body of work in subdivision modeling and implicit modeling. His preliminary work on links, knots and weaving called “Plain-Woven Objects” will be presented in Siggraph 2009.

Dr. Akleman is also a professional cartoonist, illustrator and caricaturist who has published more than 500 cartoons, illustrations and caricatures in publications such as Girgir, Cumhuriyet, Milliyet and Yeni Gundem. Dr. Akleman is working in Visualization department at Texas A&M University, which is unique in the sense that it is designed to prepare students who are talented both science and art for a range of long-term careers in visualization. Among 150 former students more than 100 are currently working in animation and special effect industry including PIXAR (20), ILM(10), Dreamworks (10) and Electronic Arts (7). Blue Sky (6), Rhythm and Hues (6), Will Wilton (6).

In Sabanci University, Dr. Akleman will give two seminars based on his courses in Visualization department.(28 April – 14 May) The courses do not have any requirement.

In Digital Compositing seminar, participants will learn practical image based lighting, rendering and compositing techniques which are essential for combining real photographs with computer generated images. Participants will learn to practically identify critical information from real images such as position and orientation of the camera, camera parameters, orientations and positions of real objects and lights, surface properties of the objects and properties of lights.

In Visual Storytelling seminar, participants will learn to explore of visual storytelling techniques for the attainment of desired storytelling effects; includes character development, using shots, camera, lights, props and background elements, master plots, one and multi-panel cartoons, comics, storyboards, animatics and story-reels.

Timeline / Location FENS L055
28 April Digital Compositing I 17:40- 19:30
30 April Visual Storytelling I 17:40- 19:30

5 May  Digital Compositing II 17:40- 19:30
7 May Visual Storytelling II 17:40- 19:30

12 May  Digital Compositing III 17:40- 19:30
14 May Visual Storytelling III 17:40- 19:30

(many thanks to Tolga Eren for the news and the text)

Good groups to join/look at on Flickr

I think you can (and should) join and contribute to these pools, provided that you do not give out your blog addresses or too much information related to whatever it is you are posting. Of course, there are many many more pools that are of potential interest to you on Flickr, also many on graphic design and typography, as well as really cool photography groups. So, you really should conduct a good search amongst Flickr groups in the areas which are of interest to you. Here is some of what I found which may relate to our area of work:

Cool Data Visualization Techniques – Information Visualization

Hard Drive Visualization



Diagram Diaries

Info Graphics

visual information

Create Digital Motion

The Art of Science

Generative Visuals

reactive environments


Flickr group for CS450
Photos put into a pool do not get deleted even after the 200 limit of a free flickr account has been passed. So, I have created a group for us in order to keep all photos which you upload to flickr safe.

This is by invitation only. Please everyone, get your flickr accounts sorted out, and send me the url of your flickr homepage right away. Instructors and assistants will be admins of course, so it is especially important that you guys do it before everyone else. Murat already has a flickr, so I have invited him last night. If Selim, Lanfranco and Emrah can also do so today this will be great…

Which does not mean that students wait to do so until the instructors are done!!! Everyone does it by the weekend!
grrrrrrrrrrrr ;-)

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