Refresh!

Everybody needs a refresh sometimes, and this is my temporary refresh. I’ve had my portfolio site up for nearly two years, showing off stuff that’s almost 4 years old. What’s the point in that? The web design changed, but the projects remained the same. I kept telling myself when I get the time, I’ll properly update my portfolio site with new projects, new case studies and explain everything I do and all that jazz. I’d fill it with all that design bullshit jargon that everybody looks for in a designer with words that are supposed to make it sound like you deserve the title “President of Everything Design”. I’d name drop every UX twitter handle I follow, quote everything they say and walk around with a big jewel encrusted rod touting the next big thing.

That’s not me. Those who know me personally are possibly laughing right now about how ridiculous I’d look and sound doing any of that. Whoever has spent more than 10 minutes with me knows that I like to simplify every little thing. I don’t like making everything I do sound like I just came down the mountain declaring the commandments of design. What I do is get super excited about things I learn. Hounding people and oversharing something I learned so they can know about it too is just something I’m a natural at in life.

That’s what this blog is going to continue being about. I’ve archived everything from the past so it’s not page after page of my old exciting times. Going forward, my new focus is going to be centered around my current loves and passions. Right now I’ve been getting into the idea of AR and maybe even VR. There’s a few Udemy courses ready to go as I learn the basics of Unity 3D and C# programming. Why did I choose Unity over Unreal? There was more info in my search when it came to AR/VR for Unity 3D, so that’s the direction I took. Nothing personal and I don’t hold any loyalty over one or the other. I’ve used Unreal in the past and I’ve loved it, but this is just the way I’m going.

The ultimate goal here is to create AR or VR games for gamers to enjoy and play. Video games have always been a big part of my life growing up and even at 35 as of this writing, I still dream of being in the gaming industry. So why not start now? Ready. Set. Go.

Ok, not yet. I’m not done talking and referencing myself in this blog. I’m still a web designer! I still love opening up Photoshop, Illustrator and Adobe XD on a daily basis to create great designs. Will that stop? Of course not! I’d love to pick up some freelance work, especially for the gaming industry. All my work and side projects will be shown on the portfolio link that goes to my Behance page, https://www.behance.net/cliffnowicki. Go check it out! Unlike your typical portfolio where people put their best 5 or so pieces, I’m just putting up everything. Why not?

This page will be centered around my next journey as well as my passions. I’d love for you to share and check me out and everything on this page as it continues.

It was a pretty fun week as my focused was changed to VR momentarily. I picked up a headset that is also good to use with AR and spent a lot of time downloading random apps.

News:

Augmented Reality Puts the Magic in ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Cards

This was really awesome to see. In the beginning of my AR idea list, Magic the Gathering took top of it. The concept seemed simple to have stats pop out and somehow mix with each other. This news article shows just some simple tricks, like video and what appears to be language changing, which is great for those who came across foreign cards but would really like to read them.

Hardware:

Merge VR 

This was the headset I picked up for only $14.99 on sale at Microcenter. You can click on the link above for Amazon who has it currently for $29.99, but if you’re anywhere near a Microcenter and love going there, go check it out to see if it’s still on the cheap!

VR Videos:

Clouds over Sidra

“Meet Sidra. This charming 12-year-old girl will guide you through her temporary home: The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Zaatari is home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war, and children make up half the camp’s population. In this lyrical VR film, Sidra leads you through her daily life: Eating, sleeping, learning and playing in the vast desert city of tents.”
This being my first official video in full VR, I was hooked! This will forever be the one I compare all things too since it’s that first video on a headset.

Apps:

VR Thrills

This is the first thing I found on the app store when I got my headset. I always wanted to go on roller coasters, but after a few times, I had to stop because i’m just not a roller coaster guy. I wouldn’t say this is the best app, but it’s what I tried. I kept freezing and the quality was very poor.

Movies:

Ready Player One

After reading the book, I was excited to finally watch this movie on Blu-Ray. While it doesn’t stay fully true to the book, the entire concept is there and it does a pretty decent job of at least keeping things together.

That’s all for this week. Make sure to check back throughout the week for any random posts and until next week, see ya!