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BC Trees responsive WordPress theme

BC Trees asked Blackspike to come up with a custom built Wordpress theme to include BC Trees’ new branding and to be fully responsive from mobile to tablet to laptop to desktop.

Rejected logo concept

We recently rebranded a London based company, and supplied them with a series of logo concepts. These are some of the rejected ideas that we are too fond of to hide away! Made entirely in Blender 3D.

Agenda View – Windows Phone app site and icon

Visit We created a new site and icon for our friends at – they built a handy calendar app for the upcoming 8.1 release. We first designed the logo, making it really crisp and to be as ‘system default’ looking as possible. By designing the logo in Illustrator and using the vectors embedded […]

Blackspike accepts bitcoin

Blackspike Design has been accepting bitcoin since 2012, either as tips for miscellaneous tech help or code samples in our tutorials, our first bitcoin tip was when 1BTC = 10GBP The great thing about accepting bitcoins is that it removes the transaction fees when paying internationally across currencies and it is much quicker to deposit. […]

Summit Radio flyer design

We created a promotional flyer for our local radio station – Summit Radio – for a ski jump competition.

Data Center Garage logo

One of our favourite logos that we’ve designed, an industrial feel for a digital company

Motion logo and branding

These are a load of working and submitted logos for a client, whose name subsequently changed, leaving these in limbo! We are putting them here for posterity and getting on with some new ideas…

Logo design and stickers for The Messenger

Fun logo design job for The Messenger, Chamonix’s nightlife guide, with only one stipulation — it must be a pigeon We drew a pigeon in Illustrator and used a sine wave for the wings They look great on skis and boards!

Blackspike business cards & iOS branding

Using the wallpaper we created last week, and the fantastic ‘printfinity’ (a service that allows you to have up to 50 unique card backs), we knocked up some dope new business cards.

Also, we made lock screen backgrounds for our iOS devices, with contact details added in case we misplace them.

Angry tree Blender Illustration

Found this lurking in dropbox, a quick and simple model of a tree character. Free .blend model file attached, under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons license.

Silverlight Web App

We designed and built the front end of this Silverlight airport booking system

Blender 2.5 Particle video

We’ve had a quick play with the improved particle system in Blender 2.5, and we’ve found it much better with the new UI. Your browser does not support the video tag. You should update your browser for crying out loud. Try Google Chrome or FireFox. It’s 3 light meshes applied to one plane emitter with […]

3D Bot Model

More practising of materials and textures, a simple robot model with a skin taken from a fighterjet fuselage. All made in Blender. bot in situ Free .blend model file attached, under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons license.

Blender 3D Kitchen model

Andrew price (@andrewpprice), who runs the excellent Blender tutorial site, has released a new modelling tutorial, creating a kitchen and appliances from scratch. The tutorials are always very well produced and part one is 45 minutes long. we picked up some great tips and it was really useful to see how the real Blender […]

Character modelling in Blender 3D

Continuing with character development with Blender 3D, we’ve seen two amazing portfolios this week, and we thought we’d learn from them by trying to duplicate their work. Still a long way to go before we’re at their standard! First up is the fantastic teodoru badiu (twitter: @teodoru) – we saw this image in particular and […]

3D Character rigging and animation

It’s been a long time since we tried to rig a character in Blender, so we thought we’d give it another go. Rigging involves creating a skeleton of armatures (bones) and attaching them to a mesh, so you can animate or pose the object in a fluid way. Your browser does not support the video […]

Blender 3D Nodes and Dupliverts

This is a test of Blender 2.5’s Composition Nodes, to see how they differ from the 2.49a release. We saw the incredible music video ‘Particle Garden‘ by David Tilman that he created in Blender, and gave away the source files. Taking a peak through those, he uses a mesh with dupliverts to map the spheres, […]

Technics 1210 3D blender model

Since the sad news of the end of Technics 1210’s, we thought we’d upload a model we made of one when we started learning blender. The materials are rubbish but the arm model was pretty cool :) .blend attached

WildFire Bookings

A website for our friends at Wildfire bookings, a hip hop PR agency in Bristol. The supplied photos were awful, so collage was the way to go, and pretty successfully to we reckon.

PixelSense Scrum Poker

At Conchango, some bright spark [edit – the bright spark was Howard van Rooijen] came up with the idea of making ‘Surface Planning Poker for Scrum for Team System’ – an Agile/Scrum planning ‘game’ on our Microsoft Surface so that spring planning would be less of a chore. Stuart Harris programmed it and we designed […]

Redesigning the Microsoft Visit Mix site

Early last year we entered a redesign contest to win a free trip to Mix in Vegas. You had to take their HTML page and without touching it, totally redesigning it using CSS and images only. We really enjoyed the challenge, both designing and building it, and were happy with the final result. The judges […]

Conchango Labs

Before Conchango was bought out by EMC, we were asked to create a beta labs site for all our test projects. This never came to be but we were always fond of the design, so here it is saved for posterity. It was also the first time we’d dabbled in real 3D using 3Ds Max, […]

BlowersWorld – not as rude as it sounds is a site originally thought up by DJ Pete Kraymon, to document the phenomena that is ‘doing a blower’. The strapline explains it best: “From this point on expect vast improvements in quality of life. All you need is a camera and a loose set of cheeks. The enjoyment will come naturally.” Anyway, we […]

The Apple Christmas Party Poster

One of our rare forays back to our print design days (we were print designers for several years in the mid-late 90’s), our friend DJ Cheeba asked us to design a poster for their Christmas party on The Apple, a Bristol floating cider boat. The tasteless and fun theme was ‘Dress as a celebrity you […]

Rhino Man

Made with Blender 3D

Noisy Flash Game

This was a fun flash game we knocked up in about 2001 for a conference. It’s awfully noisy and was quite attention seeking, but a good learning experience all round. The idea is to click as many ‘goobers’ as you can to rack up a high score – ostensibly to amuse attendees, but really to […]

Windows 7 Gadgets

Windows 7 released with new desktop gadgets, we designed and created a computer management widget in 3D and HTML/JS

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