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BIM acronyms


I was working in a Science illustration using Socrates portrait and his quote “I know that I know nothing”, thinking about how beautiful and complex Science is, when I realised there was a better subject for this particular quote… yes, I’m talking about BIM.

Why?, because the more I know the more I feel I have to keep learning. And how to measure it’s complexity, by reading one of the most popular books about it: BIM Handbook. I just counted acronyms you can find inside the book… sounds crazy, there was around 500!

BIM (2110),IFC (230),CAD (184),MEP (99),IPD (86),AEC (81),XML (67),HVAC (61),USCG (45),LEED (39),ISO (38),DP (35),GSA (33),OPS (32),DPR (31),IFOA (31),STEP (31),ETO (29),CIS (28),OSHPD (25),FM (24),DWG (22),WSP (22),PDF (21),CFD (19),DWF (19),IAI (19),ID (19),OCCSU (19),DB (18),DXF (18),API (16),RFID (16),AIA (15),MS (15),BOM (14),CNC (14),IES (14),CM (13),GC (13),IGES (13),LPS (13),NBIMS (13),DGN (12),CIP (11),CSG (11),DBB (11),MVD (11),AGC (10),AP (10),BPMN (10),CA (10),CMMS (10),CSI (10)…

So I’m pretty sure Socrates was ahead of its time 2500 years… He saw this coming! 😀

It ain’t about how hard you hit


This is one of those inspirational quotes you keep in memory, this time from a non-real character but I think it’s a great quote. From Rocky Balboa talking to his son:

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place. And I don’t care how tough you are. It will beat you to your knees and keep you permanently there if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done”

The illustrations contains 100 greatest boxing fighters of all time.

Here’s Johnny!


A tribute of a great combination of one of the best movies ever with one of the greatest actors of the cinema history. Jack (Torrance or Nicholson, your choice) in The Shining… an unforgettable moment!

Come out, come out, wherever you are.
Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in.
Not by the hair on your chinny-chin-chin.
Then l’ll huff
and l’ll puff
and l’ll blow your house in!
Here’s Johnny!

I recently moved to another architectural company and I secretly smiled remembering this scene :-)

Write for Rights, Amnesty International


Amnesty International just launched Write for Rights 2014 campaign and I had the great fortune to participate in the campaign with more than 20 illustrations for different countries cases.

This time I took relevant words from each case and spread them over his portrait. Too many times words like torture, violence, jail… words that reminds me that we still live in a world full of injustice and ignorance. I really think everybody must know it, please check all these cases and see for yourself.

I’m proud and happy with my little contribution for something that will help people. If you want to help please go to campaign site and join!. Help is a powerful word.

Link to Write for Rights Amnesty International Site.

A close-up of one illustration.



Black Girls Code


The Smithsonian is one of these great institutions that holds not only a long remarkable history but also principles and values that made it one of the greatest examples for our society. When scientist James Smithson let at his will the objetive as “for the increase & diffusion of knowledge among men”, begun something probably greatest than he thought. Now it’s nineteen Museums and nine Research Centers.

I was commissioned by Smithsonian Magazine to create a portrait of Kimberly Bryant as part of special Ingenuity Awards issue. Kimberly is the founder of a non-profit teaching program called Black Girls Code, where school-aged girls are taught about coding, introducing them to this, sometimes exclusive, world.

You can take a look at their site and see the wonderful work they are doing: www.blackgirlscode.com

The portrait was composed using code from different languages.

Great story inside awesome magazine, thanks Smithsonian!


A cropped zoom of Kimberly’s portrait.



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