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We present the design of an adjustable lasercut stencil pattern for pie-chart graffiti.

An Adjustable Pie Chart Stencil

The pattern includes a complete set of re-arrangeable letters and numbers.
Changing the stencil’s message and pie-chart percentage is straightforward.

Demonstration of the Adjustable Pie Chart Stencil

The stencil has a few noteworthy design features:

  • The letters are designed to be held in place with adhesive tape.
  • The pie chart pointer is held in place by an adjustable-tension bolt and wing-nut.
  • A small cutout arrow indicates which portion of the pie chart is described by your text.
  • The perimeter of the pie chart is etched with 100 tick-marks, making it easy to adjust.
  • The letters (a new stencilized version of Trade Gothic) preserve correct character widths and are provided in proportion to letter frequency (e.g. ETAOIN SHRDLU).

Here are the stencil designs (Illustrator CS4 .PDF format):

Complete fabrication info (including high-res photos) is available here. If you’d like to make one for yourself, you’ll need:

  • 1/8″ (3mm) thick sheet material, suitable for lasercutting. I used MDF, but acrylic is fine.
  • A one-inch 1/4″-20 bolt, wing-nut and suitable pair of washers.
  • Scotch tape or masking tape (to hold the letter in the stencil)
  • 1 quart-capacity Ziploc bag (for storing the letters)
  • Spray paint
  • A laser cutter!

This four-hour Speed Project was developed by Golan Levin with support from the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. Thanks to Asa Foster III for production assistance.

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I’m excited to announce the official launch of a new project I’ve been working on with Mozilla. Mark Up is an online statement of solidarity in support of a web that should remain open, free and healthy. It’s similar in concept to an online petition where everyone is invited to add their signature, name or mark. Each mark is rendered in 3D using HTML5 and connected end-to-end to form a continuous line, representing a unified global statement on the fundamental importance of an open and free internet. Add your mark and become part of the line that connects you, me, Lawrence Lessig, James Boyle and many others:

Mark Up is an open initiative with both the data and source code freely available. All of the marks are saved as .gml (Graffiti Markup Language) and can be used interchangeably with many other applications.

For any data nerds, the entire collection of marks will be made available here and updated periodically as the site grows.

Much of the credit for this project goes to Laura Mesa and many very busy Mozillians. Development for the project was done primarily by The Barbarian Group.

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Posted on June 8, 2011


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RIP the biggest german movie streaming site is OFFLINE *sniff* We will miss you!!

*20.9.2007 – † 8.6.2010

Die Erinnerung ist ein Fenster durch das ich Dich sehen kann, wann immer ich will.  – Du bist nicht mehr da, wo Du warst, aber Du bist überall, wo wir sind. – Ganz leise ohne ein Wort, gingst du für immer von uns fort. Es ist so schwer dies zu verstehen, doch einst werden wir uns wiedersehen.

(Spontaneous SPEED PROJECT funeral for during Wahlwoche/ 1-week-workshop ‘YouNet’ at, Stuttgart, 2011 )


Posted on June 8, 2011


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I am very pleased to announce 2 SPEED SHOWs for upcoming Wednesday: ‘Awareness of everything’ curated by Lindsay Howard in NYC and ‘Fun is back!’ by Olia and me here in Stutgart. CU there! :) All SPEED SHOW announcements, documentations and archive at

Curated by Lindsay Howard for Internet Week NYSPEED SHOW for Internet Week NY
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Internet Garage, 218 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn 

The phrase “Awareness of Everything” is drawn from a recent essay published by Erik Stinson called Towards A New Theory of Creativity.  At the heart of this essay, Stinson describes the role of the contemporary creative, and outlines the skills one must develop in order to ‘become creative’ or ‘more creative’.Inspired by this theory, the projects collected in Awareness of Everything embody these seminal skills, chiefly: humor, surprise, effective communication, extensive knowledge of a wide variety of cultures and forms, along with the proposal that “the internet has rendered originality meaningless as a strictly policed absolute.”

Visitors are encouraged to play, surf, copy/paste, tweet, blog, and email during the opening, an involvement which is built into the Speed Show exhibition format as an ode to the user’s active engagement, expression and move toward an awareness of everything.

Works by:DIS Magazine
Body by Body
John Transue
Jeanette Hayes & Bea Fremderman
Jasper Elings
Emilio Gomariz
Preteen Gallery 

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For more information, please contact Lindsay Howard at
Image credit:  John Transue


SPEED SHOW: Fun is back!

picture by Benni Walther & Florian Kröner

June 8, 2011
18:00 -20:00 Uhr
Kiosk&Internetcafe Chatroom
Staatsgalerie U-Haltestelle in der Unterführung
Stuttgart, Germany

Curated by Olia Lialina & Aram Bartholl

WWW by  students and former students of Merz Akademie

Participating artist:

Saskia Aldinger
Stefan Krappitz
Daniel Stäbler, Arne Hübner, Theo Seemann, Chris Heller
Manuel Bürger
Dennis Knopf
Linus Suter
Sebastian Schmieg
Johannes P Osterhoff

Posted on June 6, 2011


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