3D

Baroque architecture of Arequipa, Peru

This is my last project from school. In fall 2006, I spent 10 days with a group of fellow journalism students in Arequipa, Peru producing multimedia stories. Each of us covered an aspect of the city. I chose to cover the city’s architecture. We used all kinds of media such as photo, video, audio and graphics in this project. The project was sponsored by Sister Cities International.

I spent a lot of time on this project. It still is the most ambitious 3D project that I have ever worked on. I started with an idea of creating a 3D virtual tour of the famous Santa Catalina Monastery. Later on, I decided to do the main plaza (Plaza de armas) as well as a bird view map of the whole downtown area.

Since I didn’t have enough references to create a realistic model, I ended up spending a lot of time taking pictures and drawing hand maps of the monastery. In the end, I managed to put all the hundreds of doors and windows in the correct place (or in my dream I did :) ).

On the down side, there is a couple of annoying bugs we never fixed.

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Awards and honors
2007 – One of Times magazine’s 50 best Web sites of 2007

Refining Vision Surgery for a Sharper Focus

The newwest technology in Lasik surgery, commonly called custom Lasik, provides additional accuracy and personalization to the eye correction procedure. Wavescan technology creates a “fingerprint” of the patient’s vision, precise enough to capture subtle anomalies in each eye. A guided laser can cut a thinner, more uniform flap, while a corrective laser with variable size beams can reshape the cornea with increased accuracy, keeping on target even as the eye moves. But as with all corrective surgeries, complications can arise.

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The 18th Green: The Tillinghast Test

A.W. Tillinghast designed the West Course at Winged Foot in the early 1920’s, and it has been challenging the world’s best golfers in every era since. Many of the elements of his design philosophy – what he offers golfers and how he tests them – can be found on and around the 18th green.

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Visual guide to the Fifa 2006 Germany

Visual guide to the Fifa 2006 in Germany

This was the final project for my advance multimedia class at UNC-Chapel Hill. The project was supposed to be three weeks long. I was too busy freelancing, so I ended up working 20 hours straight to get it done on time.

The guide includes step by step animations explaining different rules in soccer. It also has an interactive map of the world showing all different participating countries and their winning records. You will also find an interactive map of Germany with all the venues where the games were played. On the top of all that, you have a coloring game for kids that let you color the official Fifa 2006 logo.

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3D character design

Edeot robot

This is the final project in Alberto Cairo’s 3D class I took in 2006. The assignment was to design a character that would also serve like a logo for Institution of Science Learning (ISL). The ISL was a project sponsored by the biology department at UNC-Chapel Hill. It was responsible for creating highly interactive software with multimedia that help teach biology to high school students.

I wanted to create a robot character. I knew that it could be very cheesy, but I did it anyway. After doing a couple of sketches, I came up with something I liked. I named my robot eDeot.

Final sketch of eDeot

It took me about one night to model and texture the character. I still remember how I started around midnight and finished right before it was due in the next morning. I was pretty happy about how the project turned out. While creating the character guide, I think managed to give the robot a distinct character.

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eDeot with attitudes
eDeot with attitudes

Nasa Dawn mission

Nasa Dawn mission

I did this project in my 3D infographics class with Alberto Cairo in 2006. It is the first interactive project I have ever created with 3D animation.

It took about 2 weeks of part-time labor to create. 3D modeling and animation took about 1 week out of that. I was still learning Maya at that time.

You can find more information about the Dawn mission here.

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The mystery behind the giant squid

The mystery behind the giant squid

My first infographics project ever. It was also my first project in Alberto Cairo’s 3D class at UNC-Chapel Hill. The notable thing about this project is that it landed me a summer internship at The New York Times in 2006.

I can safely say that it started my career. Today I have a chance to do what I absolutely love and make a living out of it thanks to this project.

Awards and honors
2006 – Summer internship at The New York Times

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