Earlier this year we wrote about some really interesting uses of the Drupal logo.
Most of those logos were funny. Some were bizarre. This week, I had talked with someone who’s making logos look beautiful.
Howard Perlman is based in Atlanta, near where OSTraining started. He makes gorgeous stained-glass versions of open source logos.
Here’s my chat with Howard, together with photos of his work.
Hi Howard. Can you introduce yourself …
Howard Perlman, longtime Atlanta resident, and long time hydrologist with the US Geological Survey (USGS). I think I tried doing some stained glass … decades ago … and was looking for a good hobby, and a good hobby to do in retirement in a few years.
Stained glass is just that, and I can make things for friends and relatives, and hopefully, sell some pieces.
How did you come up with the idea for these logos?
In my work at USGS, I needed to find a reviewer to look at some web pages I was developing about the water cycle. A TV meteorologist in Cleveland volunteered and reviewed my pages, so I make a small NBC peacock with their station letters and sent it to her (hoping she would show it and have others send in some orders (no)). Also, I made a USGS logo for my own office and sold a couple to other USGS employees.
I work some with open-source software systems and know how enthused people who work with Linux, Drupal, Joomla, Java, etc can be, so I thought about creating stained-glass panels they could buy from me.
It seems like a unique item that one doesn’t see much, so there should be a huge market for it. I am also writing individual companies to tell them I could create their corporate logo in stained glass, which to me, seems something they would like. But, it is hard to get an email to a corporate executive.
What’s the process you use to convert logos into stained glass?
Any stained glass panel can start with a drawing. Artists can draw by hand, but luckily for logos such as Joomla, Java, Drupal, etc, I have found vector versions of them online. So, I just download those and go into Adobe Illustrator, where I can get rid of colors, widen lines, and even move lines around.
I have to enlarge text maybe and adjust logo details so it works for glass. Then I can scale it to the exact size, print it out, and use it as a template to cut the glass.
Is this a one-off or are you going to make them available if people want them?
These are products I am trying to market to anyone who wants one, be it a Joomla or Drupal panel, or a custom-created panel for a single company’s logo.
I want to say I can mass produce something like a Joomla panel and market it that way, but these things are totally built from scratch and there really is no way to mass produce. It is simply a handmade object, made one at a time.