From 2003 to 2009, I built many one-off and short-lived political organizing and campaigning tools. I also spent a couple of years running political meetings, moderating candidate debates and caucuses, and flat-out standing in crowds registering people to vote.
I organized my way to get elected as one of about 7000 National Delegates attending the convention in Denver in Aug 2008, and I earned an actual, seated Silver Ticket to Obama's Inauguration. Here are a few of the sites worth talking about, if you are so inclined.
DRAW, CAPTURE, 3d PRINT, LEDs & LASERCUTS
A Mighty keychain. Hand drawn "mighty" scanned in Adobe Capture on ipad, tweaked in Illustrator, exported as SVG to Tinkercad, added background ovals with thinning profiles. Black metal 3d print with Shapeways.
Trust Happy Day. Hand lettered "Trust" and hearts, "happy day" from a label maker, all digitized and tweaked with Adobe Capture and Draw on ipad, and layered up in Photoshop, then printed on paper from Finerworks.
Trust the keychain. Same "Trust" digital file, tweaked to make pendant via Adobe Draw, exported as SVG from Illustrator, opened in Tinkercad to export to Shapeways for 3d print in metal.
LOVING RO<3OT loves you. A couple of layered drawings and captures in this one. Text is processed from a picture of a code comment, pixelated in Photoshop, digitized in Capture, tweaked in Illustrator, all compiled in Photoshop.
Secret Police. It is always fun to add some Capture/Draw tweaked label-maker "secret police" text to a likewise Capture-scanned doodle from my then 4 year-old daughter.
Buntitia. Designed with my young daughter, I did most of the driving in Tinkercad as a way to get her to think nothing of 3d modeling and printing with Shapeways.
Hoppy Mother's Day. A variation of the Buntitia 3d print seen earlier, only with a sign in her hand. This image was created by Capture-scanning the printed 3d model for use in a Mother's Day card.
Buntitia Backpacker. A smaller 3d printed version of Buntitia with an integral hoop for hanging on a backpack, as seen here.
I Bunny You. A 3d metal print from Shapeways of a pendant co-designed with my daughter as a birthday gift for her fellow bunny-loving friend.
Marathon Medal. A backpack pendant to commemorate my daughter's first "accumulated" marathon at school. Designed in Tinkercad, printed in flexible plastic at Shapeways.
Trails logo lasercut cardboard. Experimenting with the laser-cutting at Ponoko, this 8x8 cardboard square was a simple gray-scaled version of the logo in Illustrator. Color via whiteout tape and pencils.
Birthday LED BoopBoop. Using an LED matrix, an Arduino IDE, Gemma microcontroller from Adafruit plus some old-fashioned x-acto and bass wood action, I made a little blinkenLED thing for my daughter's birthday party.
One NeoPixel Pattern changer at Fritzing.org A simpler build of the "Adafruit Multitasking the Arduino" lesson. Uses one NeoPixel ring (rather than 2 rings and a NeoPixel strip) and two push buttons on a mini breadboard. Shared at Fritzing.org
SAVE YOURSELF SOME GOOGLING
For more than a decade, I have been applying my strengths toward educational, political, cultural, and entrepreneurial missions — all of which revolve around building and organizing communities and cultures. I am always happy to discuss the role community plays in these missions.
The short-version: authentic community is self-perpetuating, and the single biggest influence on people... and mostly not online.
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