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While taking a break from reading through all the applications for Maker Faire Milwaukee I had an idea for some art we could use this year. It ended up becoming shirt art after I shared it with the other event producers.

The art consists of an 8×8 grid with 64 items, yes, as always, I try to make these numbers mean something. 8 bit, 64 bit, you get the idea… The color pallet comes from what we used previously for our kaleidoscope design.

The most difficult part was the typeface. I tried many existing fonts but nothing was working. Makey the Robot is (almost) square, so I needed the letters M, K, and E to be square. Stretching existing fonts did not work, so I ended up creating my own type.


Once I had the M, the E was easy. I just rotated it 90 degrees! The K was a bit more difficult, but the line width matches the parts of the M and E, and I then just aimed for the corners to make them end in 45 degree angles so it would all look even. It’s probably the best “MKE” I’ve ever designed.


Here’s a terrible photo of the shirt. We still have some left, so if you want one, let me know, and I’ll get you hooked up for a nice price! (The original design was completely square and did not have the long “Maker Faire Milwaukee” logo on the bottom, but Stacie reminded me we should really add that.)



I love the Evil Mad Scientist STEAM T-shirt but I thought there was something missing, so I changed it to STREAM because… Robots.

Remember to stream big, my friends!


Maker Faire Detroit / PPPRS

Heads up, kids! I’ll be at Maker Faire Detroit on July 27th & 28th, 2013, mainly to take part in the Power Racing Series, but I’m sure I’ll find time to check out the faire as well.

Milwaukee’s Team will be represented by great new crew this time around, including Audrey, Tony, and Chris, as well as Sean (our veteran) and myself. We’re hoping to bring 3 cars to the race… well, 3 working cars, hopefully. We’ll probably return with no working cars.


Special thanks to Mike Massie who worked on the racing team logo. He got it about 95% of the way there, and I supplied the last 5% (mainly by messing with the files he gave me.) So this year our team will have spiffy shirts, and to make them even more obnoxious moxilicious noticeable, I’ve dyed them all sorts of crazy colors. You should be able to find us.


Anyway, join us at Maker Faire Detroit on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm for the races. It’s pretty entertaining. There will probably be fire.



Hey, we printed some shirts at Milwaukee Makerspace! There’s a nice 4-color screen printing machine at the space, and it’s been sitting in the back hallway neglected, and since I used to do screen printing full time (and as a hobby) I figured I’d get it cleaned up and use it.

Vinyl on screen

Instead of burning a screen with photo emulsion I ended up just cutting some vinyl with the Silhouette and applying it to the screen. It’s a trick I learned from Brent at Lovesick Robot Studios, and for short runs it works pretty well. (There’s clear packaging tape covering the rest of the screen. It’s a little hard to see in this photo.)


I used a (slightly) modified version of the helmet from the standard logo, and opted not to include the wrench and soldering iron due to the fine details they have, which is a lot harder to do with vinyl.

We started with red ink on white shirts, and slowly added black ink to get some one-of-a-kind prints. Eventually the ink gets darker. Once it was black we started printing some red shirts as well. We also did a black shirt for Audrey. I suggested doing a print-dry-print process, but she really liked the subtle look of a single print.


We probably printed 25 shirts, which we wore in the South Shore Frolics Parade so we at least looked like some sort of real group instead of a bunch of crazy weirdos riding on children’s toys… oh wait.

And when I say “we” I mean that I showed others how to screen print, and a few people printed their own shirts. I also talked through the process, which was cool, as it’s been a while since I shared it with others.

I’ll be doing more screen printing at the space in the future, like next week probably. If you need help with a screen printing project, let me know.


BarCampMilwaukee5 T-Shirt Design

Submitted for your approval… My design concept for the BarCampMilwaukee5 t-shirt. The title is “EXPLORE!” and it’s got an astronaut driving a land rover on the Earth’s Moon.

This is just my design, and technically, you still have until Monday, September 13, 2010 to submit one. After that, It’s all up to whil. (And his team of t-shirt art-choosers.)

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