Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

Project #1: Laser Name Tag

At first, I have no clue what I want to make. I knew that I want a name tag that I can use everywhere. So I google laser name tag, business name tag, designer name tag and so on. Then, I saw a name tag which has a speech bubble surrounded by a bunch of doodles. I think this is just right for me. I also like doodling and I draw weird characters.
I copied down some doodles on my notes, unfinished banners design (a blending of Chinese character “language” and “computer”) from a long time ago, and then combined with some middle-school doodles I draw.

I did not know Inkscape before, but I used adobe illustrator and photoshop several times. So the original unfinished banner is saved as a vector in the library of my Adobe account. I tried to combine every vector, but then I chose to hand draw everything on a piece of paper and use Adobe Capture to make it into a vector and put it into the Inkscape document.

 

I could not decide what material should I use. I like wood, but for such detailed doodle, I am afraid it would burn. So I chose a black acrylic. It turned out much better than I thought. I was not satisfied with the doodles I have, but it looks really good afterward. One mistake I made is the font. I forgot to save the font with the file, so the font is not my original design thinking, but I didn’t want to print it again. I would like to make another name tag sometime in the future, I want to draw something that’s more organized and try using more Inkscape.