Stencil 2.0Feladta: 2011/07/21
Our QR_STENCILER is a Java-based software utility which loads a user-specified QR code image — from which it then generates a lasercutter-ready, topologically correct stencil .PDF
These stencils can be understood as a covert markup scheme for urban spaces — providing directions, information, and warnings to digital nomads and other indigenterati. We present these as modern equivalents of the chalk-based “hobo signs” developed by 19th century vagabonds and migratory workers to cope with the difficulty of nomadic life. Indeed, our set of QR stencils port a number of classic hobo annotations to the QR format (“turn right here”, “dangerous dog”, “food for work”) as well as some new ones specific to contemporary conditions (“insecure wifi”, “hidden cameras”, “vegans beware”).
Here’s how to install the app, and some samples.
We present the design of an adjustable lasercut stencil pattern for pie-chart graffiti.