October 12, 2010
A week ago, we had a fun and rewarding weekend doing workshops at the TextielMuseum. There were two workshops powered by us: design your own sustainable packaging and design your own fabric design.
At the lasercutter, people could use Magic Box (our parametric design tool) to create there own packaging. We used a humble material -corrugated cardboard- and turned it into something precious, worth giving and worth keeping.
At another location in the TextielLab was a workshop making textile designs with Repper Pro. People could take a photo of anything, turn it into a pattern and print it on cotton. We don’t have the photos yet, but when you got the results, we’ll share them here on our blog!
We were featured on Brabant10, as part of the coverage of the Textiel Weekend. Check out the below video for our 5 minutes of fame on Brabant television:
May 17, 2010
The 2nd year students from the interior design school HMC explored wallpaper design through our introductory Repper workshops. After a short introduction to Repper and using patterns in Photoshop, they jumped right into the tool and made these wonderful patterns:
You can view more of their creations in our gallery.
We were particularly amazed by the design below by Tara Smit, who simulated a 3D surface. In 1 word: wow!
Two weeks ago we did two workshops with 3rd year interior design students from HMC (Rotterdam) in which they designed a lamp shade in under 3 hours. Quite a challenge, or so we thought, but the students absolutely baffled us with their creative designs!
First they designed a set of patterns with Repper on the computer.
Then it was time to get our hands dirty and started folding, cutting, bending and generally torturing the patterned paper.
Here are some of the great prototypes:
designer – Karin Lammers ⇑ designer – Sanneke Tangel ⇑
We would like to thank all the enthusiastic teachers and students for a very educational and fun day!
p.s. tell us if your design is featured here and we’ll put your name under it!
May 12, 2010
We find patterns everywhere around us. One place where you can’t go without some good ol’ pattern-making is fashion design. So what if you made a lovely pattern and you’d like to get it printed on textile? Meet our friends at Spoonflower!
Spoonflower is able to print any design you make with Repper. They have a variety of fabrics, including regular and organic cotton, linen-cotton and even exotics like bamboo-cotton. Prices range from 18 to 32 USD per yard (for metric-minded people: that’s about a square meter), with discount if you are the designer of the pattern.
Below is one of our own patterns printed on linen, looking pretty good. This test-print was made at the Textile Museum in Tilburg, NL.
We hope you feel inspired to use all those pretty patterns and turn them into haute-couture! Send us a photo with your patterned dress/shirt/pants and we will feature you on our blog.
Be sure to keep an eye on our blog, because there is more info & tips coming up for pattern-making fashion fans.
May 5, 2010
An update for all users of Repper Pro is now available.
- We fixed a number of minor bugs.
- When you load an image it now remembers the last folder you had open. Thanks to our user Rivka for the tip!
- We cleaned up the interface a bit. You working with patterns, so you should see as much as possible of them.
This new version is also digitally signed, so it’s clear to you that your installing trusted software. On the installing window, you now see a yellow info icon instead of a red one. Pretty neat .
Unfortunately, this means that you might have some trouble upgrading. To install this update, you have to uninstall the previous version first. Keep your serial code ready, as you are required to fill it in one more time. With future updates this should work automatically.
Here’s the link to Repper Pro. Enjoy!
If things are not working as they should or you have ideas, suggestions or praise, drop us a line on our support forum.
March 17, 2010
Over the past few months, we have been busy working on a number of important changes to the studio:ludens website. We have basically rewritten the who site from scratch, adding much-needed changes. Our main objective was to make the site a whole, linking all the different pages, experiments and tools together.
We think the navigation is much more clear now and we hope you will be able to find the things you are looking for easily and that you start exploring all the cool stuff we make for you (and create your own!).
New design tools
When you look around our site, you can see that we added a number of new design tools. Most of them are still in an early stage and you are welcome to give feedback on them or request to be a beta tester.
The free version of Repper has been totally rebuilt to be even more fun and easy to use. We have added some new sample images, a new way of selecting the basis for a pattern, sharing options, a Twitter background uploader, a full-screen option and the possibility to print your design on different kinds of products.
We also have a new, more powerful version of Repper for you: Repper Pro. It gives you a lot more options to create the patterns you want, including:
- High-resolution import and export
- Re-coloring tools
- Many more different pattern types
- Runs as an application on your computer (no internet needed)
- Export patterns in any size and on any surface. This allows you to use the patterns in your own design / art projects. Patterns are ready for use with modern printing techniques.
Repper Pro is currently in private beta. To join the beta program, send us an email (info [at] studioludens [dot] com) and tell us what kind of system you’re using and why you want to use Repper Pro. Chances are high we’ll let you play with these new goodies!
Originally conceived as a weekend project to learn more about L-systems, Elise has grown into a nifty little app that lets you explore L-systems in real time.
L-systems were originally conceived by Aristid Lindenmayer as part of his research into the growth of organisms. He wanted to find some easy-to-use method of simulation growth of plants. Elise aims to give you the opportunity to try out this method for yourself. You can indeed make beautiful representations of plants, but this is just the beginning. Because Elise works with simple drawing instructions, you can use it to generate a variety of interesting shapes.
Many of the forms that Elise draws can be recognized as some sort of fractal. Because Elise uses recursion, she can easily create very complex drawings from simple instructions.
We are working on a method to export the drawings you make with Elise as SVG files. This allows you to use these drawings in your own creative project and build upon them.
The Elise project is still in a very early stage, and we haven’t released the tool to the public yet. If you are nontheless up to the challenge of giving her a spin, please feel free to contact us. We can give you an alpha version for you to play with and we’d love to hear your feedback.
Well there’s an interesting lil’ app right here. Magic Box was originally conceived to make it easy for everyone to design their own custom box in any size. We even won the (un)limited design contest with this little gem. Designing boxes is only the starting point however. We intend Magic Box to be a 2D parametric design tool. With this, you will be able to design any 2D shape and then give everybody the opportunity to make his own version within constraints you set yourself.
How does this work in practice? You design a shape where different aspects are controlled with variables. These variables can later be adjusted by anyone, giving everybody an almost infinite variety of design possibilities.
Try it out by downloading the first version of Magic Box. You can find it on the (un)limited design contest website. Be sure to let us know what you think!
September 28, 2009
- Improved interface You know we love creating easy and fun interfaces so the next one will be even better!
- New patterns You have seen the two patterns in the current Repper tool, but this is the top of the iceberg in pattern land. In total, there are 19 patterns and we will be implementing more and more of these. To make it even better, we will integrate a lot of them in the online version too!
- High-resolution input images and resulting patterns This is a much requested feature of all you pattern freaks online, and we’re happy to say that you will be able to go really big with the new version, so it can finally be used for print! We are really curious what you will do with this.
- It’s faster We have decided that an online app is all good and great, but if you want to use big images this can really put a strain on your internet connection. Therefore, the new version will be a desktop app, ready to use with a click of your mouse.
- We love the creators All of you who have created one or more patterns know how cool it is to design something yourself. Therefore we want to make it possible for everyone (not just you designers) to make real products with your patterns. This is very much an ongoing process, so we can use all the input from you. What do you want to make with it?
- Vector support This is more for the fabric creators amongst you. How cool would it be to make patterns for your fabric in any size? Pretty cool, we think.