Start the new year in 3D



Happy to announce:
On increasing public demand, we are offering the Blender animation course once again..! Course starts in Jan 2016. Will keep you posted..!

Faculty members who want this course as an elective for their students can send a message, we are working out an option for them.

Students who want to have this course along with their classmates can contact college faculty and ask them to get in touch with me for the same..!

Good Design can save many things

Just read an article about the epic fail during the Miss Universe results! This one claims that this situation was a result of bad design of the card, which was handed over to Steve Harvey. The author goes ahead and suggests a design revamp to avoid such fails in future!!

I was curious about this, and googled for this topic. I could see many designers coming up with multiple design solutions for this issue (?).

Here are some of them which I could see, please post your comments!!

First the TV grab of the card Steve was handed over:


Here are some possible re-designs by some designers:

This one is by Marco Leong:



This one by Nate Swanner:MissUniverseCardTNW-520x264

This one is by John Havel:missuniverse03


..and another one by John Havel:


I can see that application of basic visual design being absent, can certainly lead to miscommunication. However, it is also important to know your audience. In this case the user (the anchor) is a well educated person. He/She has the ability to handle the excitement of the pageant, and not get overwhelmed by the series of events. Having said this, the document should not leave ANY scope of ambiguity for the user.

There was an interesting argument about the envelope, which might have complicated the matter for the reader. The word ‘Philippines’ was at the bottom, which MAY have gone unnoticed! The anchor would have stopped pulling the card at the point where he saw the ‘Miss Universe’ written at the bottom.

One more argument about placement of the word ‘Philippines’ which may have got covered with the thumb of the person holding the card…!

There could be many arguments..! Please write them here!!

PS: After pondering over for some days, I designed one. Have a look:


Coming back on public demand

TISS_SKANI_Course_bannerThe MOOC on ‘Basic 3D animation using Blender’, is coming back on popular demand. Many have asked for a re-run, so that more people can benefit..! and we won’t disappoint!!!

Keep watching this space, where the course dates would be announced. Till then, you can read more about it here. You can also see a short introductory video here.

-SKANI101x Team