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Layered Sticker – Youngheon Lee

Laptop stickers have been one of my interest for a long time. So, when I heard we were going to design and print stickers in Fab Lab, I was more than excited. In the lab, we started to familiarize ourselves with Ink scape, Silhouette studio and portrait cutter my making a Griffin. I chose to work with a flamingo and unicorn head to create a uni-mingo. The color choice was easy for me and the combining process using trace bit-map on Ink scape went without any problem. The picture below is my uni-mingo. 

After that, we worked on a logo with multi-layer. I re-created a famous nike air-max logo with 4 layers. I was a little hesitant on how to use the trace bit-map to separate the layers but thanks to Duncan, I got it right away. My logo had distinct colors so, I used the color layers to separate them and it works perfectly. The picture below is the logo I created, with the layers before combination and the final product. 

Finally for my weekly assignment I got to design a multi-layered sticker of my own invention. I always loved Murakami flowers, created by japanese artist Murakami. So, I started brainstorming based off the Murakami flowers and wanted to put my own insight into it. I went back to the Griffin and decided to combine flamingo and Murakami flowers to create my own sticker. When I got what I wanted to print, I started out by combining the two silhouette on Inkscape and moved it to Silhouette studio to differentiate the layers. The whole process of dividing the layer and printing wasn’t a hassle since the steps were simple. However, real problem was when combining all the layers to create one whole layer. I used the transfer tape but since there were so many flower petals, I couldn’t move all of them at once without a single piece getting misplaced. So, I had to move the most I can, (I think I missed 3 pieces of petal) and move one by one with my hand. Also, the biggest problem was the eyes. Murakami flowers have two small circles that go in the eyes to give more lively feeling to the flowers, however my sticker wasn’t large enough and the eye pieces were too small to handle. So, I had to remove the smaller piece from my final product before printing. I tried to print at least one of the eye pieces but it came out too small as well and I had to get rid of it.

This is the initial final design of my sticker.
This is the final layers I decided to print, as you can see on the right bottom, those were the inner eyes that I had to throw-out
This is my final product on my laptop! I’m quite satisfied with all the colors and how it came out. The light and angle made it look quite off-balanced but it looks much better in person.

To conclude, this assignment was really fun and I’m excited to actually print more for myself in the future. I will try to improve on the layering and sizing of the stickers in the future so I can actually get a better product. Also, printing objects such as flowers that have much petals or pieces that can be separated easily wasn’t such a good idea. I did get the result I wanted but the process was difficult. I hope to re-create the Murakami flowers in bigger size when I get a chance!

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Storyboard is one way to illustrate and communicate my ideas. For the storyboard to be effective, there has to be 3 components: setting, sequence and satisfaction. Setting is the environment and people, sequence is the problem or condition that people are facing and the satisfaction is how my idea completes the need of the people. Amongst the choices, I chose to develop the tablet tables on the restaurant. I have been a fan of traveling and most of the restaurants that I have been to in foreign countries didn’t offer a translated menu. So, my storyboard start with Americans (english-users) traveling in Korea. They find a restaurant to eat but can’t read the menu since it’s in Korean. The tablet table has a english button on the side and by pressing it, the menu automatically translates into English. With the new menu, the travelers can now order and enjoy their food.

Incase my writing is unclear

  1. While touring in Korea, “That restaurant looks good!”
  2. “I can’t understand”
  3. FRA, JPN, ENG, “Here are different languages!”
  4. “Let me press the ENG button”
  5. Soup, Meat, “YAY I can order now!”
  6. “Let’s eat”
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Laser Name tag – Youngheon Lee

Planning: My name is Youngheon Lee but due to the difficulty in pronouncing my name, I usually go by YH. Most people that know me call me YH so, I decided to put that on my name tag. Since my name got so much shorter, I wanted to take advantage and incorporate that into the design of the name tag. Unlike usual name tag, I actually wanted to use whatever I make from this session so I decided to make a name tag that will serve as an accessory for my airpod. I searched up key chains to get some idea and finally settled upon the classic smiley face. Since I was going to use YH as my name, I switched the eyes with Y and H. Initially I wanted to keep the smiling mouth as the original form, but Y and H made it to vague to be a ‘name tag’, so I decided to put my last name (LEE) on the teeth of the smiling face to make it more unique.

Building: Everything was hard to work with since it was my first time working in the lab with Inkscape and laser cutter. Inkscape, with help of my TA, was learned pretty quickly because I do have past experience with photoshop. So, the whole designing wasn’t that difficult. However deciding the shade of grey for the engraving was somewhat confusing because I didn’t want the smiles to be too obvious. With the advice of my TA and friends I chose 70% shade. Deciding the material and color was simple, I chose original yellow acrylic sheet. The laser cutter was hard to use due to all the detailed measure that I had to change before printing my name tag. Thanks to the TA’s help I understood the steps and following the various warnings on the wall also helped me go through this process

Final product

This is my final product
This is what is looks like on my airpod key ring.

Final thoughts: The final product came out as expected. I do want to try changing the shade or the material in the future to bring out even more variety. The designing and cutting process all came along smoothly and I am glad I got a chance to work with Inkscape and laser cutter. Especially Inkscape came in handy because I was only used to photoshop but Inkscape had features much simpler but beneficial compared to photoshop (when compared to normal function that I use on photoshop). The whole process so fun since I love making logos and actually bringing them to life. I do look forward to making more of anything in the Fablab.

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