FITC Toronto 2017

2017-04-23 00:00:00 2017-04-26 00:00:00 America/Toronto FITC Toronto 2017 FITC Toronto 2017 is a three-day professional celebration of the best the world has to offer in design, web development, media and innovation in creative technologies. Toronto FITC Toronto


This is the story of how a Javascript experiment, a solar system simulation in the browser, became a t-shirt through a successful Kickstarter. It started as a pet project, which Martin thought was of little value beyond his own entertainment, and it turned into something that he had not envisioned.

Martin will describe what he went through to make this very unusual project. It involves a lot of different things from NASA’s open data, Three.js, Adobe Illustrator scripting, vector drawing and manipulation through code, plus all the unforeseen difficulties and how he overcame them – often through street-smart programming. Oh, and he’ll talk about orbital mechanics.


Display some techniques used in order to make this 3d browser experiment and how he ported it to 2D vector graphics.

Target Audience

Geeks. He’ll discuss Javascript, orbital mechanics, webgl, geometry, history of spaceflight, pet projects, Kickstarter, etc.

Five Things Audience Members Will Learn

  1. How orbits work & how Apollo got to the Moon
  2. Some bits about Three.js, Illustrator scripting, vector drawing in Javascript
  3. That the internet is full of amazing data with which you can do amazing stuff
  4. That it is possible to combine many of your interests in a single project
  5. To go with the flow… you never know what it will bring