DFN Happy Hour No. 14: Start Your Journals…

Coming up Friday at 5:30 pm PDT members Barb Noren (BarbMakesThings), Tod Kurt (todbot) and Carlyn Maw (carlynorama) are back streaming again! Last week we supported the post office making post cards and buying merch (post | video) while this marks the first week of our “30 day journal” project.


Last Week Redux

Beverages Consumed:

This Week Preview

This week represents a pivot. Barb suggested a “30-day Journal” project so we wouldn’t have to keep shifting gears each week. Each of us will pick something we’ll spend some time on everyday for 30 days.


For my 30-day project, I decided to make 30 typefaces, since I have been doing lettering doodles for quite a while now, and it seems like a fun, meditative challenge. So I busted open my newest dot book and got rolling with it. I like taking inspiration from all over the place, and this is also a good opportunity to learn more about typography, so I have begun poking through various tutorials and actually getting down all of the terminology that I kinda half-knew. I’ll report back when I’ve got real opinions about the best options, but I’m poking around these at the moment: https://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design-tips/typography-tutorials-1232719


I’ve decided to do “30 sounds, one per day”.  I’m a bit behind, but here’s a Youtube playlist of what I have so far and the corresponding Bandcamp album. These are to be sounds. Not tracks, not songs. Just interesting sonic experiments. I want to make sounds I’ve never heard before, or sounds I’ve always wanted to create. For tools, I’m making myself use only hardware music gear, no Ableton Live, no VSTs. And minimize the use of MIDI sequencers. (The tracks thus far are made rhythmic purely from envelope generators) Some homemade gear might make an appearance and that could fun too.


While I like the idea of changing pace so we weren’t shifting gears from week to week, the idea of producing an artifact-a-day seemed intense. I’ve picked more of a new habit. I’m calling it a 4 o’clock infusion. At 4 o’clock I’m gonna have a cup of something hydrating, listen to something enjoyable and something manual with my hands. Mostly so far I’ve been listening to Gastropod and knitting the same scarf mentioned in the Hug episode. I kinda wish I was working on a temperature journal scarf because it’d be more thematic, but the idea of objects as journals/witnesses to history has a nice ouvre around it none the less.

I made a sheet to write notes on with a fancy font on the top so I could feel like it was a tea service menu. (Blank PDF Available)

DateLiquid InfusionAudio InfusionTactile Infusion
8/1apricot tibicos
(brew for less long)
Gastropod: Dig for Victoryscarf knitting
8/2white tea w/ cantaloupe
(make in morning next time? ice made it too dilute, cantaloupe should be grated and left in for longer)
Gastropod:Getting Fizzy With It scarf knitting
8/3“ginger beer” style tibicos
(not enough ginger, brew for less long, vanilla was good choice)
Gastropod: Getting Fizzy With It con’tscarf knitting
8/4pomegranate juice & barley tea
(made as sun tea)
Gastropod: The Spice Curvescarf knitting
8/5Left over pickled cabbage juice in seltzer
(The drain off from this recipe, but with 1/4 sugar, the salt rinsed from the cabbage, and caraway and fenugreek instead of mustard seed)
Gastropod: The Buzz on Honeyscarf knitting
8/6Barley tea w/ PeachGastropod: The Most Dangerous Fruitscarf knitting
a glass of amber liquid with slices of peaches in it


I make things that do stuff. The best, though, is teaching others to do the same. Founder of @crashspacela Alum of @ITP_NYU

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