For thousands of years people have been fascinated by mazes. The earliest known example being the famous Labyrinth in Ancient Egypt (5000 BC). They've shown up in fields, in churches, in movies and on cereal boxes ever since. As a kid I never liked the really easy mazes and I still find the really difficult ones somewhat tedious. What I enjoy about designing these mazes is the challenge of squeezing them into a word-shape while keeping them just difficult enough to be fun.
Almost all kids like mazes but so do many adults, be they on paper or in corn. And who wouldn't enjoy having a personalized maze to solve or just admire?
I made my first word maze (which was featured in issue 14 of Uppercase Magazine) using my own name. I liked the way it looked even though it was a fairly simple maze with few dead ends.
I've made dozens more since then, each time trying to balance the graphic 'look' of the maze with its functionality... wanting it to be challenging enough that you can't do it without using at least a finger to keep your place.
Customers have commissioned these through my shop (Ghost Cloud Portraits) for themselves, kids, friends and co-workers.
When beginning a maze I take a number of things into consideration. I look at the letters to see how they fit together, noticing patterns and symmetries. I try to incorporate various techniques to make each maze more interesting, sometimes using 3-dimensional tricks to make the design truly unique.
Once I've got the basic structure, I add a grid and start clearing multiple pathways from both directions. I don't know which route will be the right one until it's finished.
After inking the final design by hand, I scan the maze and turn it into a print-ready, black & white PDF.
Resulting Custom Product
Backers receive their finished maze via email as a print ready PDF - so it can be printed on whatever size, color, type of paper you want. There are many options for use and display... Print a stack so the kids can have a maze race or laminate one so it can be done repeatedly with a wet-erase marker.
Printed professionally on quality paper a custom name maze would make a great gift, perfect for hanging in an office or at home.
Visit your local copy shop and have your maze printed poster size on a large-format printer - most charge around $5 for a 3x4 foot black and white print!
I'm excited to work on some new names! If you would like me to start on yours, just count up the letters and pick the corresponding Reward level. All I need from you is the name (or word) but you can tell me if you see a maze style below that you especially like and I'll do what I can to adapt it to your name.
As soon as your custom maze is ready I'll send the print-ready PDF to the email address associated with your Kickstarter account.
Available Name Mazes for $5 "Lucky You" backers
Please remember - these are for personal use only - not for resale or production purposes. Thank you!
Risks and challenges
Having already completed many commissioned projects I have a good idea of how long the process takes. I will also be checking my email regularly and will respond as quickly as possible to any questions from backers.
No need to worry about shipping time... As soon as your custom maze is ready I'll send the print-ready PDF to the email associated with your Kickstarter account.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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