@sampoder0Boarded and ready to fly to Delhi! Can't wait to see you all!
@khalby78602 weeks to go till Epoch, and here's the story of this sticker.
It all started a few months ago when genius minds from all over the world decided to brainstorm ideas for stickers they'd like at Epoch. We decided we wanted stickers with local Delhi references for advanced humour. And one such idea was to make a sticker that says Horn Ok Please, with Epoch-ish Hack Club elements in there. For context, Horn Ok Please is written on the back of trucks and lorries prominently seen in North India (in South India, we just have Sound Horn) to alert drivers of vehicles approaching from behind to sound their horns if they wish to overtake, in a country like India where honking is the primary source of communication between you and the other vehicles on the road. Part of the idea was also to make it look like Horn Ok Please was written on the back of a truck. I said, "OK OK LMAOOO WE'RE MAKING A STICKER OUT OF THIS".
Now I'm not exactly the most productive and efficient person out there, I thrive on deadlines. I would occasionally just visit the Figma file, do random stuff and close my tabs while I did not have exams, homework or both. Normally I'd be able to complete stuff while "occasionally" visiting but this one was a bit hard. There weren't many reference images I could find, other than a photo directly from the Wikipedia page. I somehow also found the same image from a frontal angle which helped me trace out the letters and create "Horn Ok Please" as an SVG (my Figma Pen Tool skills are unrivalled, they talk about my curves). I also needed some random art related to India, like peacocks and the Taj Mahal, so what I did was take photos from unsplash.com, remove their background and run them through svgco.de (WHICH IS A GOD SENT BTW, credit to @OjasSomethin' for pointing this wonderful tool out) to give them a painted and vector-y look. I quickly combined them together but I realized it didn't have the same back-of-the-truck feeling and other people were quick to point that out. @deven then points out that I should do "Hack Ok Please" ("cos the H matches") and a few days later, there's a better reference picture of a Horn Ok Please in #design.
In the thread where the image was posted, there was a lot of talk about getting the text bevels and shadows right along with identifying a similar font, which @sarthak narrowed down to a font called Syne, which fortunately was available on Google Fonts and I had it downloaded in no time. I decided to start with the background, and I wanted it to look realistic as possible. The question is, how do you make wooden planks in Figma? Sure, I could draw lines, and make it look realistic in a vector art sense but I wanted the right colour and texture. Well, what if I just placed a picture of wooden planks? That is exactly what I did, and it's called textures. A visit to textures.com gave me some quality seamless textures of wooden planks, and to make it pink I added a separate colour layer and decreased the opacity of the colour layer (I slightly colour-corrected the plank textures for it to be visible while still having the desired shade of pink). I also wanted the grooves (or gaps, whatever you call them) between the planks to affect the surrounding elements as if all the designed elements were actually painted on wooden planks. I did this by manually drawing out groove lines using the good ol' Pen Tool and giving it a slight drop shadow.
The text. "Hack Ok Please!!". It needed bevels. Neither does Figma have an option for bevels nor could I find a plugin that gives bevels to text. Having lost all hope, I wandered around on YouTube hoping some Indian tech guy could help me out when an unexpected ally rose to the occasion: pixlr.com/e. They could make bevels out of text input and export it into PNG - that was more than enough for me. I dragged the export across the browser and into Figma and used a freemium plugin called Image Tracer which I thought had already been exhausted of its 5 free trials but apparently not. I got an SVG, got box shadows using a wonderful plugin called oblique and added that stuff on top of the wood.
Only the decorations remained. I'm not gonna lie, I didn't have much creativity in this area. The corners of my reference image had floral-like colourful designs and I wasn't really sure about manually tracing it using the Pen Tool. The floral-like design reminded me of something I used to do with my mom when I was a kid, where basically I'd take an A4-sized paper, fold the paper in half, put drops of acrylic paint of different colours on the crease of the paper and fold it again to create something that looked like a butterfly. I thought that if I could do something like that with the right colours, I could take a good picture with my phone, remove its background, change its colours a bit and use it in my design. After begging my sister to help me (spoiler alert: she did not), I decided to steal my sister's paint (she's not on Hack Club, so she won't find out) and perform the sacred method of "squish painting". Long story short, it did not come out like I expected it to, it was too narrow and too green for my liking. (I wanted to take a picture of the result I got for the sake of this scrapbook post, but the paint stuck to each other and now I can't unfold the paper and tearing it doesn't seem like a good idea.) At this point, I decided to give up on everything else and trust the mighty Pen. By listening to the Doom OST theme song and Cocomelon songs on a loop, I traced out the basic lines of the floral designs and just randomly coloured them with every main colour I could find.
By now, I was too lazy and uncreative to create my own assets, so I just screenshotted the flower thingy at the bottom of the reference image and then modified the colours a bit so that it matches the background colour of the sticker. Combine this with some smooth curves and spheres, and we have our decorations. To make it even more realistic, I got some grime and brush stroke textures from textures.com, removed their backgrounds, reduced the highlights a bit, increased the shadows a lot, halved the opacities and added the corners of the sticker.
Oh and I almost forgot, there's a slight amount of noise at the very top to give it a slightly dirty/realistic feeling, using the Noise plugin. Adding noise textures to my designs is a reflex action at this point.
@aaryan0Our team won the second prize 😁 in "Hackanoodle" hackathon by Zomato and Blinkit at Zomato HQ in Gurgaon and Bangalore! Around 300 members and 75 teams participated from all over India and built on the theme "India's next unicorn".
Got a Marshall's speaker, a secret prize 🌴 and a tonne of swag 😎
Here is another ship🚢 from me,
It uses the PIMA India dataset with KNN as it's model to predict if a person has high risk of diabetes based on factors like: pregnancies, age, blood pressure, glucose, bmi, heritage (if their ancestors had it), skin thickness and insulin levels.
Few of notable features are:
• The data imputation technique used
• Normalisation used
• A recursive approach to attain best value of K for knn.
The GUI is made in tkinter.
This is not supposed to be a health app or something, but a learning experience.
Here is the link: github.com/Gautam-flash/diabetese_pred
Feel free to comment
@deven0So today I decided I’ll post on scrapbook everyday, hoping to make a 2 month streak :D
Had a kinda unproductive day- did some stat on Khan academy, completed some assignments, wrote a discursive essay on expenditure in space exploration and read most parts of a 700 page book on international customs procedures to help understand why parcels sent to India don’t reach on time
@matthew1I did it!!!! I contacted every club!!!! And I sat inside at a Panera for the first time in over a year!!!! My god this week was tiring but I’m so glad I did it. If you’re a club leader (not in the India/Asia/Pacific region) and I didn’t contact you (or a member of your team) this week, please let me know 🙌
@sampoder0got som-mail-system working to handle india distribution of leaps with @roshan!
@akshaygautam0100It's "Hindi Diwas" today. Hindi is one of the most spoken languages of India. Two of the many best things about this language are:
It has a fixed pronounciation for every letter and combination of letters. (To and too is something that isn't a problem here, also no silent characters like in Knife, Tsunami).
It has the ability to write absolutely anything, it can write any other languages words with precision and accuracy (any russian, japanese, Italian, french, etc words can be written with accuracy)
@SiddheshKulthe0It's not 25th (12:00) in India yet, still the enthusiasm made us crave for some fireworks! Merry Christmas Everyone 🎄
@skasinad0oof not the best match for India, its ok though, both India and Australia gave it their best. The match was very entertaining and I had lots of fun watching it.
@skasinad0Not related to coding but, I am super excited for the India v. Australia cricket match today!! Rohit Sharma isn't there but I am happy at least Indian cricket team is back to action!
@daiwik0Had a lot of fun today I am So HAPPY
My project got selected in top 100 Projects INDIA
getting a sponsorship , a serious meeting with our sponsors today
@Ayush0SDR reached India just the custom stuff.
I am amazed to see the delivery path it's like circle
@pragyarajfb130Zero2Maker Encube FabLab mentors preparing video tutorials for starters and ATLs in India to enhance the maker community!
@pragyarajfb130Happy Indian Independence Day to all of you, proud to be an Indian
@austin0sketched the plant in my living room! it’s native to India, and has these really cool leaves that run with pink streaks as it grows. my grandpa smuggled brought it as a root to the states and it’s grown quite sizable since then
@lllzybried0Does anyone have an idea for buying xbox 360 kinect sensor in india. In ebay they are taking 2 month to ship to india and flipkart is charging 3 times of the prices. I'm using kinect in build 3d scanner.
@winston0working on my personal website 🙂 with a domain i bought 🙂
😁 , going to go in another ctf call to talk abt logistics, working to fundraise a project, and helping make an AMA happen in India 🙂