Simon Johansson gets Knowit’s new innovations award of 34 000 Swedish crowns.County governor Barbro Holmberg will give out the award at a seminar at Gävle University on the 13th of April.
Simon, who has studied Creative Computer Graphics, gets the first innovation award for his degree project. A project that deals with material properties within computer graphics.
”I observed that the majority of people that create material within computer graphics guess what the material should look like; how shiny, dark or light it should be.”
Simon thought it would be much better to investigate the actual material e.g. plastic or wood, and with the help of findings recreate it in the computer.
What he did was to take photos of the object with special filters, and with the help of the photos, recreate an image of the material in the computer.
“I use others’ techniques but I have developed my own method to solve this problem. One could say that it is a method to help others.”
The method is especially useful for those who are new to computer graphics, or those who work in small companies, or people who do it in their free time.
“They don’t often either have the time or the money to be able to do advanced investigations of material properties.”
”It feels great, I feel honoured. Gävle University was a nice place that I appreciated a lot,” says Simon.
He now works as a 3-D graphic artist at a company in Uppsala where they do product visualisations for companies in the form of applications for ipads and telephones.
”I am very happy about the collaboration with Knowit. Innovation and research are prioritized areas at the university” says Maj-Britt Johansson, Vice-Chancellor of Gävle University.
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Simon Johansson, 3D-graphic artist