Get your Zombie Knuckle Bump!

Here is a free downloadable image of Zombie Knuckle Bump.  It will be downloadable till Halloween.  Print on 40lb paper and have fun creating your own Zombie Knuckle Bump.  Don’t knuckle bump to much though, fingers have been known to fall off.  Send me pictures of what your Zombies Hands are up to.  Get them while they are slow!

Only for fun, any reproduction rights or copyrights belong to & Robert Zylstra. See post below for ideas and finished Knuckle Bump.

Paper Art Gallery! Need Votes!

Please VOTE for my entry!  I designed and built this entire project in two days and I am excited about it.  I only found out about the competition two days ago.  I only have pretty much one day to collect a ton of votes.  I thank you in advance!  VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Click on the image to see the final project and please VOTE.  Thank You!

A blog post later on this project, hopefully with some good news with your help.

Knuckle Bump

Here is a sneak peek of a new small project that I am working on, a new hobby that I have picked up recently. Some people call it paper craft or paper toys?

Knuckle Bump! : Zombie

He can hold on to your stuff while you’re busy doing something else.  He will let you paint his nails or give him some ink.  He can also give you a knuckle bump whenever you need one.


I recently went to an open house at the revamped Fab Lab located in the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.  Fab Labs were created at MIT and now exist throughout the world.  They were designed to allow (almost) anyone to make (almost) anything.  The tools they use include; milling machines, laser cutters, CNC routers, 3D printers, and freeware.  I was able to participate in one of their shorter 45 minute programs that showed us how to create a key chain in the laser cutter.

Is personal fabrication the future?  I believe it is, there is even a new 3D printer that is now ready for space travel.  So hopefully I will be helping the next generation learn how to use these new tools.  Here is a sneak peek at a program that I am developing for the Fab Lab.

The program will teach a brief tutorial on Google Sketchup and you will get to create something similar with a personal twist.  I also used a Sketchup unfold plugin.

DukeTIP 11: In a flash of Green!

The DukeTIP Green Architecture program this year went by in a flash.  I woke up one morning this summer in a daze and agreed to take Tabitha’s position.  I’m not sure if I ever woke up because it all felt like blur.  Let me tell you about it.  It involves  three fantastic design instructors, Chuck, Jenny, and myself and twenty eight amazing high school students from around the country.

In two and a half weeks we taught the students about architecture, green architecture, sketched, planned four projects including a house, a school, a public park, and a mixed use project with apartments. They presented, visited the Smart Home and Eco Station, sketched, snitched blackberries, designed structures with paper, toothpicks, and tape. They presented, ate Loco Pops, had fun, watched inspiring videos like the Garbage Warrior, had Socratic discussions, Skyped with two professionals, Robyn from California, and David from Singapore.  We played football, looked at a near by construction site, researched, sketched some more, napped, collaborated, learned SketchUp, created a final architecture project in SketchUp. They presented, we lectured, they sketched.

Now if you want to read it again, faster this time, it may sound as fast as it felt.  Yes, I survived and I am looking forward to doing it again.  For a slower look at what happened, checkout the pictures below.

For another perspective on how it went, view Jenny’s post.