Here’s a project that was inspired by an art gallery show I saw in LA of giant art prints of Buckminster Fuller’s patents. I made a set of two of these, one for me and one for my design biz partner, commemorating some early patents we each were granted. (btw–not comparing my little toy patent to Bucky’s brilliant inventions, but my invention is essentially the Drawdio electronic-sound-making-pencil…only 20 some years earlier.)
I engraved the line art and text of the patent documents into medium clear acrylic. Then I cut a medium draftboard backing board the same size. I printed with b&w photos onto blue paper stock and laminated that to the board.
A simple slot-together stand simply holds the clear and blue panels together. The Medium PF Walnut sure looks snazzy!
I like how the engraved white linework looks like a blueprint and floats above the blue, making a subtle cast shadow in real 3D space. Might be fun to try one in thicker clear for a deeper look.
This design and approach could be adapted for lots of things and special events: graduation certificates, awards, diplomas, wedding licenses, marriage announcements, report cards…it’s up to you!