During the meso-dark ages of the Internet, Netscape had recently exceeded version 4.0 and video conferencing was accomplished with a program called CU-SeeMe. Without a computer capable of running Windows, and lacking even a dial-up connection to the Internet, a younger Ian was forced to discover and leech resources from the community. Along those lines, I was fortunate enough to participate in a really neat project hosted out of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. It was called Telecommunity and the vision was remarkably ahead of its time.

I was pretty into 3D modeling with Imagine 3D, LightWave, and Rhino3D. It was just fun to mess with this stuff, but as a kid I didn’t understand how cool it really was. Eventually, some of my work was demoed at SIGGRAPH 1998. Looking back, this was totally awesome.

This article was originally written June 2, 2013.