Geospatial photography

I’ve had the good fortune of being invited to help out on projects with Phase One for several years now and for some time now I’ve been working on the iconography for their iX Suite. What is it? – it’s the exciting world of aerial photography, a field that makes perfect sense for the high quality cameras and software developed by Phase One and I’m honored to have worked on the GUI for their new airborne products. A new challenge in this project was working with both the Danish and the Israeli branch of Phase One during Covid. The challenge led to some pretty intense “live” Adobe Illustrator sessions on Teams, luckily humour and jargon is shared broadly between the involved offices ๐Ÿ™‚

Always be learning right? – an additional challenge in this project was the color guides laid down by the Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA ). Which is really an expansion of signal colors, for instance: Red ALWAYS signals critical system or emergency in an aircraft interface, pilots are trained to scan the instrument panel as often as possible and any red in the interface / instruments will prompt them to act immediately. Yellow is a warning, brown! means the ground ( blue is sky ofcourse ) … And the Phase One camera faces downwards, so in the beginning it made sense to have the interface background be brown when not using a rolling map. But the pilots interpreted this as the aircraft pointing nose down, so back to the drawing board ๐Ÿ˜€

The iX Suite comprises 3 programs which are:

iX Plan: Route planning software, what area to capture and what overlap tolerances are wanted ( particularly important when there’s a risc of coulds in the area ) – putting an aircraft somewhere to capture the landscape below is expensive and missing part of that landscape because of a cloud or missing overlap is even more expensive..

iX Flight Pro: The onboard software that helps the pilot and camera operator stay on the planned track and make sure the aircraft attitude remains within defined tolerances ( yaw, pitch and roll ). The pilot has a small display that is mainly information, whereas the operator has a larger display where things can be altered and images previewed.

iX Process: The camera is a an oblique camera which means it consists of multiple single cameras, in this case 6, 2 pointing straight down and 1 set at an angle forwards, port, starboard and aft. That means that the amount of pixels captured is immense. So much so that the hard drives onboard the plane needs to be physically removed and delivered to where they’re going to be processed. So Terabyte amounts of data.. iX Process helps sort through the many many images and allows the user to discard possible poor quality captures.

I’ve learned a lot working with Phase One over the last 10 years, this project was particularly educational in a good way and my thanks goes out to Sรธren, Anatoli and Oodi for being such great and talented guys to work with ๐Ÿ™‚

below is the official product video:

Phase One iX Suite

Oh boy! New toy!

So a while back I posted about the ship I designed for Eve Online and the article got a bit of attention. Enough for a fan to make me aware that a third party SLA printing company named Mixed Dimensions are now selling the Eve Online ships as scale models. Naturally I had to get the one I helped conceive and whad’ya know, it arrived today, Hussah, my very own toy! – You too can pick one up by vising their website here.

Some time further back I was also made aware that the ship stars in the Valkyrie spin off from Eve, you can see it several times in the youtube film below. As a science fiction fan I am thrilled to have been a part of the process, hopefully more space ship projects will come along in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

Posted below here is a quick photo of the toy standing on the poster I received when the winners were selected, along with CCP team member signatures. If I wasn’t motivated to get my hands on a resin printer before, I surely am now, just look at that quality – it even does surface colors ๐Ÿ˜€

SLA Gallente Talos ship with Work in Progress poster signed by the art department from CCP

Phase One XF Camera

This is really an old story, but still a case we’re quite proud of. The XF camera and the digital back created by Phase One are among the leading products in mid range photography and our ongoing interaction with Phase One lets us be part of the creative process, at least for the Interface part of their brands journey.

We’ve been working closely with the hardware team for well over 8 years now and the XF Camera / iQ digital back series is just part of the exciting products we’ve helped develop user interfaces for.

The adventure isn’t over and we hope to be able to reveal more exciting cases from Phase One in the near future, but until then, the official commercial for the XF Camera will have to do, enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‰

XF Camera and iQ digital back, we helped device the UI

A Christmas present

Howdy! we realize 2020 has been challenging and thought: Why not create something for people stuck at home? – so as a Christmas present we’re giving away our JAWGS JET FIGHTER BOARD GAME in an attempt to keep people in isolation entertained. Download the PDF files and print them, we included a few activities like coloring and 3D print if you have access to one at home :)Merry Christmas and have a better new year! ๐Ÿ™‚

Join us in paper board gaming, if you want, by playing JAWGS JET FIGHTER BOARD GAME