Being involved in the Fab Field 10 weeks project gave me an insight into the wide range of opportunities offered by the Fab Lab. It was a challenging, exciting and rewarding experience, which provided me with a skill set and knowledge in electronics, laser cutting, 3d printing and further expanded my creative thinking.
For my final project I decided I will make an interactive book that has parts in it that are sensitive to touch/light/…/. Why I liked this idea is because it is achievable with my current knowledge in electronics/lasercutting, but it is also relevant to my practise as a Graphic Designer. Initially when I started thinking about what my final project would be, I got really scared due to the limited amount of knowledge I have in the area. When I looked at other projects completed in the FabLab they seemed impossible to me. At the same time I did not want to settle for less, and that made the situation a bit stressful. The idea of making a book sounds great and full of opportunities to me. Not only will I be able to practice what I have learnt in the FabLab, but also relate it to what I usually do – which I think is pretty interesting because I have not seen many works of graphic design with electronics included – this is something I believe I will start doing more in the future.
In the presentation there were some really intriguing examples that I was impressed by. For example, there was a book that was laser-cut as a face, some cool textbooks, designer noris for sushi, food, paper, metal and so on. It is impressive how many different applications laser cutting has. Last year I attended a laser cutting workshop so I am more or less informed about the way it works.
Getting the files ready
Health and safety first 😀
Colour mapping is important
Buttons (focus first, up,down, reset after, then GO)
We started week 2 with an introduction to embedded programming and electronics. I couldn’t attend the lecture and briefing physically due to an illness but I was lucky enough because Alexandros wasn’t there either so I could join them in Skype (thanks for that).