We have been making little zines for our products for some time. We liked the small, 8-page design, but we wanted to make them more durable. We recently tried out a slightly larger, laminated, wirebound 12-page format, and we love it. We think you will too!
Processing was especially inspiring. I used its pdf library to algorithmically generate drawings. It was this, combined with a visit to Ann Arbor’s MakerWorks, that ultimately led to Cherry Arbor Design.
MakerWorks has an array of maker tools, but I was drawn to the laser cutter, because I could see how the drawings created in Processing could be turned into precise wood or acrylic representations. When I brought my creations home, Heidi was immediately intrigued with the possibilities. We started having our date nights at MakerWorks (yep, we’re nerds), creating earrings and other small items from thin cherry and maple boards, colorful acrylic, and Baltic birch plywood. Eventually, so that we could have unlimited access, we decided to buy a laser cutter. I still do most of my work with Processing and pf.js, while Heidi prefers Affinity Designer, an alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
Today, Heidi and I spend much of our time together making things, and further developing our design skills. We are all about nonstop learning, so at the moment, we’re taking a PhotoShop class at the local community college.