For this project, we developed a personal logo from conceptual sketches through a well-documented digitally fabricated model. A personal logo is something that represents something about you. It can be words, letters, or a symbol that you create. A personal logo is not a trademarked existing logo (such as Stanford, a sports team, brand, etc).
I saw this logo project as a challenge because I had wanted to make my own logo or quite a long time now. I started off with basic things that incorporated my initials, but then I focused on what really embodies me.
I chose coffee. Sadly, I have a slight caffeine addiction, so I'm constantly grabbing for Red Bulls, Yerba Mate, or my personal favorite, Starbucks. At Stanford, I've found drinking Starbucks difficult if I don't have a tumblr and have to carry the cup as I bike. I often spill the scalding hot drink on either myself or on the lid, thus creating the design I wished to pursue, The Coffee Lid.
I tried to make my name look more like a spill rather than just plain cursive. I found it hard to connect the letter without cursive, so I tried to make the mess coherent yet realistic. It took many tries to get the perfect 'hot mess' on paper. I decided to only laser cut my initials as I would prefer to have more experience in the woodshop for future reference.
After all the times I showed up to a closed PRL, I really like how it turned out for mostly being a last minute piece. I wish I had actually used the laser cutter instead of the woodshop, but I think I learned fairly valuable lessons with the various tools. I think the laser cutter felt like the easy way out at the time and I didn't want to do that (even though it did make life harder in the end). If I were to do it all over again, I would laser cut my project and save time because I hate the feeling of being rushed.
For my final product, I used a laser cutter, wood glue, wood (duron, basswood, soft plywood), drill press, a dremel, and a sander.