A Few Small Ideas

Zelda Gravestone Graveyard Cemetery

1. Cartridge Tombstones. I thought this was too macabre to post here, but it’s been popular on Tumblr so it can’t be all bad. Sure it’s a fun spin on tombstones, but I doubt any cemetery would permit them. However that will change when we geeks complete our world takeover in 2019. I said too much.

Balrog Street Fighter in Punch-Out!!

2. Modding Punch-Out!! If I had the technical know-how, I would love to edit the game sprites to include some pop culture boxers: Balrog from Street Fighter (above); Rocky, Ivan Drogo, Appolo Creed, and Mr. T from the Rocky movies; Honey Roy Palmer (what? I like Diggstown); the Kangaroo from Looney Tunes; and I know I’m forgetting a few. As for real boxers like Tyson and Ali, I feel they are best left to EA’s Fight Night sim.

Borg Charging Station iPhone Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas.com Star Trek

3. Borg Wireless Charging Station. This is an old post, but I remade the art and I think it looks coo. I’ve been redoing art for a bunch of older stuff lately. Here is another example.

And that’s all for this roundup. If this were a YouTube video I’d be begging you to subscribe about now (though I’ll settle for being bookmarked). Have a nice Tuesday.

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IKEA Ribba Papercraft Part 3: Metroid

Metroid Diorama

Part 1: Super Mario 3   Part 2: Super Mario   Ikea Ribba Frame 

Today I am very happy to share another Nintendo diorama for IKEA’s ubiquitous Ribba frame, this time a scene from Metroid (NES).

This design was created by Slawikaruga, who was generous enough to share his creation here with all Metroid fans. Thank you Slaw!

Metroid diorama papercraft

I’m very happy to see this template, not just because I’m a huge Metroid fan, but due to it being the game that inspired the whole “diorama in a shadow box frame” idea to begin with.

After the jump you can find the template to build your own. Read the rest of this entry

Star Trek Tablet Easel

Star Trek iPad Easel Nexus

This is a geeky easel for parking your tablet on your desk. The design is based on Picard’s computer from his ready room in the TNG series. The tandem of the tablet and easel makes it appear like a functioning Star Trek computer (which was also touchscreen on the show). This prop would be a great addition for geeks who refer to their workspace as a “ready room”.

It features an adjustable backboard (to tilt your tablet) and a Lazy Susan to swivel it in place. You could go a step further and make it a charging dock as well. The front section could also provide some storage space (for office stationary). If you want to be really fancy a fake back-lit screen could be included in the easel for when there is no tablet in place.

If you like this please check out some other fun Star Trek designs.

IKEA RIBBA Papercraft Part 2: Super Mario Bros

IKEA Ribba Super Mario Bros Diorama Papercraft

IKEA Ribba Papercraft Part 1: Super Mario Bros 3.

Link to IKEA RIBBA

This papercraft project was designed and made by Remko Voets, who was awesome enough to share this here with everyone. Thank you Remko!

A few years back I made Mario 3 diorama that was tailored to fit IKEA’s Ribba box frame. That was my last papercraft project. I intended to make more but I hate my printer (the feeling is mutual I think).

Fortunately Remko took the reigns and constructed this beauty. He made two flavors: a simple one with all the art on a single image (which is smart – I went back and did the same for my Mario 3 one), and one where you’d have to assemble everything. After the jump you can find everything you need to make your own.  Read the rest of this entry

Star Wars Desk

Star Wars Desk Endor Landing Pad Imperial Shuttle

I came across this old idea where I mentioned the landing pad from Return of the Jedi would make for a cool desk. I thought I’d put together a basic concept.

Not only would you have a nice big surface area for your computer, but you’d have several fancy lights, a couple of neat desk grommets, and a system for organizing cables in the “walkways” below.

But wait, there’s more!

Star Wars Desk Endor Landing Pad Imperial Shuttle

You could turn this desk into a playset, I mean, interactive diorama, for your Star Wars figures. The design above is roughly in scale with the 3.75″ line of figures (about 25.5″ tall).

I’m sure most folks would use this as a desk, with the odd Star Wars item for decoration (much like geeks already do).

One thing I’d incorporate should this become a reality: I would make all the elevated walkways telescoping, just like a jet bridge. That way you can collapse them to get more legroom under the desk (the walkways are extended in the second image).

If you’re interested in this or any other of my furniture designs, please contact my pals at Tom Spina Designs, they can provide a quote to build it for you (they are based in New York City fyi).

Maintenance Mode

Fraggle Rock Doozers Building

Just a note to say I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth! I’ve been doing a lot of work on this blog the last few weeks, it’s just not very apparent. I have been:

- Migrating images from Photobucket. I don’t know what I was thinking, but the vast majority of my images were hosted there. I’m NOT paying them bandwidth fees this year, nossir.

- New art. Some posts had hastily-thrown together vector art, so I made all-new art for them. Here is one example.

- Cleaning up existing art. I’m re-labeling images with smaller credits (for many images my name and website were writ large), consolidating multiple images, and removing dark backgrounds (wherever possible) for a more uniform look.

- Enlarging old images. When I first started my blog was 430 pixels wide (!) so I have a lot of smaller images in the archive. I’m striving to bring images up to 650 – 700 pixels wide across the board.

- Nixing weird posts. This blog had some 775 posts but I trimmed it down to about 500. I removed posts that were critical of other people’s work; several unnecessary ‘update’ posts; stuff that wasn’t relevant to design (like me rambling on about music or movies); or just plain weird ideas that would alienate people in general.

- Editing my written work. Some posts were too long-winded, others had typos or were unclear, so I did my best to keep it short and simple. A lot of the art can do the talking.

I’ve been chipping away at it, and I still have some work to do. That said it’s a worthwhile investment for the long-term operation of this blog.

When I first started this blog I was honestly just goofing around. But having built a small audience these past few years I’ve come to realize that there is quite a bit of longevity to these posts after all.

Once I am done the repairs I have some big plans for this blog, in terms of layout and content (ever heard of Sketchfab?). The future is bright!

In the meantime I will still post new content (both here and at Geeky Hockey – I’m also doing some repairs there too), so please stay tuned.

-Dave

Smash Bros. Drink Coasters

Smash Bros Select Screen Coasters Crate

This one started as a case design for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, but I felt that drink coasters would be more appropriate. The coasters are based on the “chips” used in the player select screen, and they are stored in a very familiar crate. This set makes for a fun and colorful design that would look at home in your living room or rec room.

Smash Bros Select Screen Coasters Crate

Smash Bros. is the very epitome of a what you’d call a “party game”, and these coasters reflect that. Also having these coasters in front of corresponding players will help you know who is who in the game (I often hear questions like “Hey, who is Kirby?” when playing).

A lot of people give Nintendo a hard time for their backwards approach to online gaming, but you know what? The best gaming experiences you’ll ever have are with your friends and family in the same room. I can’t wait to play the new game.

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