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This is a blog about various design and technology subjects.

Framework

In choosing a font for the current series of cryptographic paintings, I settled on one of the more durable and popular typefaces, Caslon. Created during 1725 by William Caslon at his foundry in Sheffield, England, it was based on some of the current Dutch fonts of the time, and includes well-developed serif characters that aid in legibility and aesthetic value.

Distortion

Aluminized mylar is interesting stuff. Widely used for decorative purposes and food packaging, it is a polymer film coated with a thin layer of aluminium. The metallic helium filled novelty balloons given as gifts are made of aluminized mylar and often called mylar balloons commercially. It is also used as an insulating material and to confine gas in detectors and targets in nuclear physics.

Polymers

Water Gel Beads are described as a colorful, fun and versatile way to enhance the decor of your home or office. They are round spheres approximately 1/2″ in diameter and are usually displayed in glass vases, sometimes with fresh cut flowers. These high cross-link density polymers are commonly made from the polymerization of acrylic acid blended with sodium hydroxide in the presence of an initiator to form a sodium polyacrylate.

Cryptography

Whilst a student at RISD I had several jobs as a custodian at various schools in the area, a skill set I still find valuable today. One day, while emptying a few barrels of middle school waste product, I noticed a large movie screen that was being thrown away. As it turned out, it was being disposed of because it no longer zipped back up like a venetian blind when it was tugged on. “Hey,” I said to myself, “That’s a great big white painting surface!”

Displacement

Video has come a long way since the Portapack of the 1970’s. In the tradition of snapshots and 8mm family movies, it was all about convenience and preserving those memories before they slipped into the eternal void of forgotten sentiment. By the time digital video appeared, the idea of “video art” was a done deal. Most innovation was being swept up by special effects companies and used to provide the instantaneous golly gee reactions for breaking news report graphics and bizarre multidimensional sci-fi aliens.

Diffusion

Cave of Hands is an underground location in Santa Cruz, Argentina. It is famous for the images of hands created by spraying paint on a cave wall forming silhouettes of hands. Pipes made of bone were used to facilitate the technique more than 10,000 years ago, thus starting a tradition of artists using sprayed paint to cover surfaces, tag walls and mark territories.