Laser Cutting = Magic

Wellesley Magnets

This semester involved a lot of building and coding in the name of physical prototyping (like that time I built a game box!) The opportunity to work with my hands was a welcome departure from my usual hours in front of a monitor situation.

You know how they say that as soon as you get a tattoo (or eat a cookie) you can’t help but think about your next one. It’s an immediately addictive experience that opens a world of possibilities. Laser cutting in the same exact way. Once I learned to laser cut, I wondered what else could I make (answer: everything) and that would look cool (answer: everything).

I made a set of four Wellesley-inspired magnets based on the saying: “Look like a girl. Act like a lady. Think like a man. Work like a boss.” This language is problematically gendered and condescending, not truly expressing the full potential of what it would mean to look, act, think, and work like an amazing being. In my experience, when I think about what it means to be the best, I think about Wellesley…so I modified the quote.

Wellesley Magnets

SO MUCH FUN!

P.S. I’ll let you know if I make more. I’ve been approached about selling a small batch and would use the money to fund my research next semester. You know how much I love a good side project…

P.S.S. Before I laser cut another batch of magnets, I would definitely fix the typo. Oops!

.letterMpress

This iPad application for digital letterpress work takes remarkable strides to incorporate modern technology while upholding the integrity classic artistic processes. Check it out!

Thanks for the link, Richard!

With a smile,

Monet

.comic sans pledge

Most people can recognize a few fonts at a glance — we all know Times Roman from Arial. If you’re fancy, you can identify Tahoma and Papyrus, too. And then they’re Comic Sans. I’ve had my fair share of turning an eyebrow to a printed flyer with the font and clearly several others have, too.

Check out this website about the uses (and misuses) of Comic Sans. It’s funny, and has a simple and whimsical website format. www.comicsanscriminal.com

Thanks for the link, Cat!

With a smile,

Monet

.font fun {knock-out effect}

I came across a really cool tutorial on Photoshop Essentials for a knock out text effect. The tutorial is really simple and comes with great pictures to depict the step-by-step processes of the tutorial.

There are two parts to this tutorial. The first is manipulating the objects such that any overlap results in white space. That effect is cool by itself but there is also a brush effect that makes the text glow. Give it a try!

.font fun {font monster}

I enjoy playing around with typography so you can imagine my excitement when I found a tutorial for creating a typography creature! I followed a simple tutorial from LayersMagazine.com that described the process of using typography and glyphs to create something cool and realistic. Well maybe not so realistic, but definitely cool!

Glyphs are all characters belonging to a typography. Most of the glyphs appear on a standard keyboard, making up most of the symbols, numbers and letters but there are also things like Greek characters, mathematic symbols and accented letters. In some fonts, the glyph pallet includes alternative letter formats. For example, below are the glyph options for the lowercase ‘s’ and ‘f’ in Zapfino. For this font in particular, the glyph options allow the designer to choose fancier (or simpler) letter options depending on the project requirements.

I really enjoyed the creative freedom LayerMagazine encouraged through their tutorial. There wasn’t a step-by-step process for creating a typography monster which left a lot up to the creator’s imagination. To create your own monster, create a painter’s palette of glyphs and let your imagination flow from there. I recommend using a classic font over a downloaded font just because the glyph palette will be more extensive. I decided to use good ol’ Arial Regular and here’s my creature!

My advice: let your imagination flow. I had no intention of creating this creature but one thing lead to another and before I knew it he had personality and the rest flowed. Start with a vague target (i.e. I used a cartoon picture of a woman with glasses…go figure) but don’t constrain yourself to one vision. Happy typing!