Lasers are all the rage

July 19, 2008

Recently, laser engraving machines from such manufacturers as Epilog, have become more and more popular on the consumer level. You’ll see people lasering graphics and artwork onto the backs of their iPods, iPhones, MacBooks and Moleskines. These machines are still pretty expensive, but a ton of fun to mess around with. I’ve been experimenting with them since 2004 and have never been the same since…ask Brittany. I need to own one! There are so many ideas I have, but lack the laser to bring them to reality. Every now and again I return to my old place of employment where I was introduced to these machines to get some work done. They’re super nice and let me use it for free still, but I have to drive 40 minutes and gas ain’t cheap, ya heard? One of my favorite materials to use was cardboard. I figured out a way to carefully laser away the top layer and reveal the flutes below. This creates an amazing look and I think it has some great potential. Here’s a sample of my signature reversed and upside-down.

Totally rad

Totally rad

The Empty Set

July 19, 2008

Packaging at it's best
Packaging at it’s best

I thought it appropriate as the first posting on this blog I include a photo of this box I have. It’s just a box, ya know, carboard and tape. I’ve never actually opened the box, because it’s contents are clearly hinted at by the big, black type on the front. Perphaps it’s trying to hide something of value. But I’ll just assume it’s being honest. If it is being completely up front with me, is it really necessary, in this case, to inform me? I am a little curious as to why it’s taped shut, if it indeed is what it says it is. This particular box came inside a larger box, I’m guessing to add protection to the larger box’s contents. Anyways, I think this is the ultimate in product design! You’ll see, these things will be flying off the shelves soon and you’ll wish you had one. This one is for sale by the way…