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Will a dead designer get the apple? Nominate a creative to feature on the new £20 note

Published 26 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, history, money, royal mint, bank of england

Adam Smith will shortly be replaced off the back of the £20 note, but which designer would you replace him with?

The next £20 note is set to celebrate Britain’s achievements in ‘the visual arts’, and the Bank of England is wanting the dear public to nominate who it would like to feature on the back of the note.

The definition the Bank of England is throwing up for ‘visual artists’ includes architects, artists, ceramicists, craftspeople, designers, fashion designers, filmmakers, photographers, printmakers and sculptors.

That’s right - DESIGNERS - however, scrap your fanboyish dreams of Sir Jony Ive sitting face pressed up against your right arse cheek in your back skyrocket. The Bank will not feature fictional or living characters, with the exception of the Queen, who appears on the front of the notes.

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Modo movie magic builds ‘real’ Interstellar spaceships

Published 26 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, modo, maya, film, sfx, vfx

The CAD data was not only used to help build realistic props, but also to plan out the lighting and camera rigs, and to organise complex scenes in Interstellar

CG effects are responsible for vast amounts of movie screen time but what happens if the film director needs real spaceships?

This was the task faced by New Deal Studios when Interstellar director Christopher Nolan wanted the vehicles to feel like real spacecraft, a project that would involve a strange new workflow - taking movie CG effects and transforming them into physical surroundings.

Taking the CG models from Double Negative in London used for digital FX and the pre-visuals process, as well as designs from the production art department (used for full size and scaled sets), the team transformed these artistic 3D models into miniature scale models and props.

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Autodesk seeks government compliance approval for its cloud products

Published 26 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, cloud, military, fedramp

FedRAMP compliance will allow Autodesk to serve government agencies that require certification for cloud products

Autodesk has initiated the US federal government compliance process for cloud products and services known as the Federal Risk and Authorisation Management Program (FedRAMP).

This compliance will allow Autodesk to serve government agencies that require the certification to use cloud offerings such as Autodesk A360, achieving ‘in process’ status by partnering with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and continuing to work toward FedRAMP security requirements.

“Federal agencies and system integrators have been requesting access to Autodesk cloud products for some time now as they need the agility and performance that cloud-based design technologies deliver,” said Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior VP, Information Modeling and Platform Group. “The ‘in process’ ranking brings us one step closer to fulfilling that need.”

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Altium aims to integrate PCB with SolidWorks design

Published 26 May 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, collaboration, altium, pcb design

Altium is looking to bridge the world of product and PCB design with its extension tool for more collaborative design

A new extension for Altium’s flagship PCB design tool, Altium Designer, should help facilitate collaboration between mechanical and electronic design teams with integrated design data.

The MCAD Co-Designer: SolidWorks extension, by integrating directly, should allow for better collaborative process on projects without having to interrupt their existing workflow efficiencies.

Altium suggests that current trends in product design, including connected products, require a more tightly interwoven design process between electrical and mechanical design teams.

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