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Get a bot-drawn Valentine for a loved one or an enemy. Write a personal message, choose a text algorithm, and we’ll draw and mail it.
Get a bot-drawn Valentine for a loved one or an enemy. Write a personal message, choose a text algorithm, and we’ll draw and mail it.
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Every year I make Valentines using computer code and drawing machines from the late 80s. This year I’m making them about a message—a message of fun, of hope, of love.

I love combining my art practice—making unique artworks using code, data, and machines at a scale unconceivable for a single artist—with Valentines Day, a day when everyone deserves a little love and individual attention from those that care about them. Making unique Valentines takes me back to the days of elementary school when receiving a Valentine from that special someone could change your entire outlook on life. This project is about re-igniting that feeling.

Card from the 2016 edition
Card from the 2016 edition

Last year I launched my first Kickstarter to create Valentines for all of Kickstarter. It was an overwhelming success. But most importantly, it was a lot of fun.

 

Cards from last year’s Kickstarter
Cards from last year’s Kickstarter

Last year’s Valentines project was great, but there was one common request from backers: the ability to add a message. This years design puts the message front and center.

A custom message Valentine
A custom message Valentine

This year’s backers can add a personalized message to the front of every Valentine and choose an algorithm to draw the text. There are a variety of algorithmic options (see the next section for the algorithmic layout options). 

You can also choose a text-only card or one with this year’s generative pattern.

Patternless Custom Card (using the Cosine Wave algorithm)
Patternless Custom Card (using the Cosine Wave algorithm)

Standard Card Design Rewards

If you want a lot of cards or don’t have a particular message in mind, I’m also offering a number of standard cards designs for you get. Some of the messages are heartfelt, some are funny, and maybe others are just weird. But you can get them all in your choice of layout algorithm and paperstock colors.

I’ll be adding a few new messages and algorithms as the project progresses, so check back often!

 

“Make Love, Eat Pizza” set in the Concentric algorithm
“Make Love, Eat Pizza” set in the Concentric algorithm

 

“I Miss the Old Kanye” in the Herringbone algorithm
“I Miss the Old Kanye” in the Herringbone algorithm

  

“Not Shakespeare” in the Cosine Wave algorithm
“Not Shakespeare” in the Cosine Wave algorithm

  

“In Secret” set in the Sine Stack algorithm with patterned background
“In Secret” set in the Sine Stack algorithm with patterned background

 

This year’s heart pattern available as a standard card
This year’s heart pattern available as a standard card

Art Object Rewards

Similar to last year, I’m also offering some art object rewards as well. Each of these is offered exclusively thru Kickstarter and will never be produced again. All Art Objects also come with a personalized Valentine.

First I’m offering 11x14in drawings using the same process as the cards. They’re available both framed and unframed, as just text or as text plus pattern.

Next I’m offering lasercut acrylic images using this year’s heart drawing algorithm. Each piece is 7x7 and offered in a number of colors. The prototypes are currently on their way here and I’ll update this with images ASAP.

rendering of acrylic laser etch
rendering of acrylic laser etch

 

another rendering
another rendering

Lastly are 3D Papercraft Hearts. I offered these last year and had a few requests for them again this year. Each is 8x8x2in and can be produced in a variety of paper colors and textures.

 

 

I’m really looking forward to doing this again this year and hope you’re excited to receive them!

Risks and challenges

There’s always a chance one of my machines breaks down (knock on wood!) and having a tight time limit is always stressful, but I’ve done this enough times now to know how to get it done.

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    One Standard Card

    Choose from a standard set of card styles and messages. It will be blank on the back for your message.

    Each card will come with a blank envelope of your color choice.

    To get more than one card, please increase your pledge by $6 (all cards must ship to the same address)

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    Make 100: A Personalized Card

    Create a custom card for a loved one. You write the message, pick a card style, and I draw it for you.

    Each card will ship in an envelope color of your choice.

    Want more than one? Add $15 (for US) or $25 (for INTL) to your pledge. All cards will ship separately.

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    5 Pack of Standard Cards

    Choose from a standard set of card styles and messages. It will be blank on the back for your message.

    Each card will come with a blank envelope of your color choice.

    Additional packs can be purchased by increasing your pledge $25USD (all cards must ship to the same address).

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    Heart Drawing, 11x14

    Create your own personalized message (or choose from one of mine!) and get it made into a 11x14 pen plotter drawing.

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    11x14 Drawing, Framed

    The 11x14in drawing, framed in your choice of a variety of wood color options.

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    Lasercut Hearts

    7x7in two-ply acrylic lasercut with this years heart pattern. Each one will be completely unique. You’ll have the option to choose from multiple acrylic colors.

    Please add $150 for each additional piece you would like. (All pieces must ship to the same address)

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    3D Papercut Heart

    3D Papercut Heart based on generative algorithm customized for you.

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    • Personalized Valentine
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