Design: Builders of the Future

Apr 2nd
Design of Builders of the Future

Build my own design? Not me! How many times have you said that, but still part of you wished that you could create what you imagine?

Sometimes we are easily transported by the plethora of materials that we can use to create our projects. Sometimes we sink in the luxury of all that our craft box holds – stamps, glitter, fancy papers… Other times our mind goes in other directions – excited by the design possibilities that software opens up for us, and the fact that the digital die cutter and software can help us take what we imagine and let us design and create it.

Don’t be afraid to imagine and design. You can do it! It takes time and practice, like anything else. The reward is that your design work gives you exactly what you want. It is uniquely yours.

Allowing yourself the time to imagining and designing your project will build your confidence and ability. Let the challenge be fun! This iron on vinyl project was simple to make, but it took a lot of time to design. Figuring it all out was the hard part of it. Cutting it was the simple part.

It all starts with a story (of course). The desire to design something special and unique for a child. My young nephew is an amazing example of how the human brain is a sponge. Almost four, he speaks 4-5 languages. This is thanks to his parents and his environment. He has an American father, a Japanese mother, and he lives in Switzerland with vacations to Japan, the US, and Europe. The world is his playground. English, Japanese, German (high and low), Swiss-German and some Italian are all part of his daily auditory fare. I decided to make a logo that was uniquely him, one that could be returned to again and again as the years progress. The medium chosen to make the logo: iron on fabric vinyl. Then I could make him his own shirts.

The logo incorporates three languages to reflect his cultures: Kanji, English and German. I only speak English and Spanish, so had to get help on the other two languages. As the Kanji received in an email was not a font, it was turned into a PDF. The verbiage and the image were imported to Make-The-Cut software. From there I broke the verbiage into top and bottom, and wrapped it around a circle and did some tweeking to produce this logo, which reads, English translation: Harada and Friends…Builders of the Future.

If I had to do it again, I’d most likely do all my design work in Adobe Illustrator, and then port it over to MTC. That would give me a flexible base to use the logo in multiple applications.


Design of Builders of the Future

Builders of the Future Logo


Although this boils down to a very simple graphic design, the fact that the tools of software and digital cutter permits creation of something unique is what is so rewarding. Being able to do custom design work is the entire reason that I got a digital die cutter that accepts software that is not just pre canned designs. Flexibility of design: Imagine it-Design it-Create it.

Builders of the future Photo 2

The finished shirt

I’ve used this logo cut out of iron-on vinyl (mirror image the logo and cut) and made shirts for my nephew. Made a poster for him. And just the other day I found out that he’s going to be a big brother. So I sized the logo down, and cut one to fit a onesie. By creating my own design, it lets me build for today, and for the future. So when he and his brother are older, I can size that design up, and make those shirts in XL!

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