The DS106 Workplace Office Pen
- Saturday, 22 March 2014 19:07
“Psychedelic Pen,” by aforgave, on Flickr
Well, a quick check of the Twitter following my last post showed that the conversation regarding a DS106 Workspace pen has continued since Todd Conaway (@Todd_Conaway) introduced it last night.
Todd has since put forward an official un-organization chart (distinct from a dis-organization chart, I’m sure), identifying the pen recipients (below the red line).
“DS106 UnOrganizational Chart” image by Todd Conaway
While some folks have apparently already started to receive monogrammed pens via email, my experiences with Zazzle.ca and other companies specializing in short-run, quick-turnaround real-world merchandise had me thinking about an actual, tangible souvenir from The DS106 Workspace.
Although neither Zazzle nor CafePress offer pens, the Internet offers up plenty of such merchandisers who can do small-run personalized pens. Following a few links led me to a company that can do a 5-day turnaround on full-colour ballpoint pens — artwork to fit within a 4.127” x 1.207” imprint area — at about 39 cents per pen in a quantity of 300. $5 would get you ten pens. That would be enough for 30 participants.
Grabbing a nice psychedelic hippy image from the web, I superimposed my DS106 Workplace logo overtop, and voila!
Anybody want a souvenir pen? Here’s a mock up of what they would look like.
“The DS106 Workplace Psychedelic Pen.” by aforgrave, on Flickr
The DS106 Workplace
- Saturday, 22 March 2014 17:11
“The DS106 Workplace,” image by aforgave, on Flickr.
A new iteration of the DS106 Digital Storytelling course started up this week. Although I’ll have limited time to participate this time, I am intrigued by the backstory that exists whenever the course re-appears. This time, the “context” for the course is the setting of the workplace — motivated in part by the fact that Alan Levine (@cogdog) is presenting DS106 to a couple sections of students at George Mason University — and a number of the community regulars have already taken up residence in a (fictional) office space — nicknamed “The DS106 Workplace.”
Riffing on Alan’s chosen course image, I’ve borrowed the man-running-with-suitcase dude to create a possible logo for The DS106 Workspace.
It was a bit of work in Photoshop edit the existing image to give the man feet, but I think they turned out okay. I did look into other man-running-with-briefcase clip art images, but decided to stick with the original.
For the “DS106” stencil font, I initially tried to work with the light grey image located in the header of the ds106.us website, but filling in the grey to black and then enlarging the image didn’t give the crispness that I wanted to have. (Note, however, that I did learn how to define a new photoshop brush based on a selection, so that attempt wasn’t a loss of time.) I then turned to a couple of font identification websites (What the Font? on myfonts.com didn’t have it, and when I tried whatfontis.com but it kept timing out on me!) In then end, I searched Google images for “stencil fonts” and visually located the font within a sub-section of “distressed stencil fonts.”
The font used on the header of the ds106.us website is called Capture It by Magique Fonts, available for download on dafont.com
I tried using both Capture It as well as the Stencil Std font for the accompanying “the Workplace” and “Digital Storytelling Goes to Work” texts, but found that the stencil fonts didn’t display clearly at smaller font sizes — and so I went with the nicely bold Impact font for both of those.
And so, as this session of DS106 begins, best wishes to all participants — I’ll try to pop in from time to time and comment, and hopefully might create another piece of art or two over the coming six weeks. In the mean time, Make some Art, dagnabbit!