July 22, 2022
Publish date: JULY 30, 2021
Tuft the World is an online shop largely responsible for the boom in custom tufted rugs over the last few years. Along with their top-selling items—rug tufting machines—they offer a full line of sustainable and recycled yarn in their Reflect Yarn Co. line. Not only do they sell the tools and materials needed to create tufted rugs, they facilitate an active online community of tufting artists, hobbyists, and enthusiasts.
After a full discovery phase, we created a logo suite that reflects the spirit of the tufting community and can be used in endless applications. The process of tufting was an underlying inspiration for the brand—from the custom, wavy typemark, to the repeating name pattern and grid graphic. A vibrant color palette was influenced directly from the yarn colors within the Reflect line, while the logo badges represent the wide variety of rug shapes. Hand-drawn doodles and annotations take inspiration from the creative process itself, as many rug tufters tend to be multidisciplinary artists.
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July 13, 2023
Eads uses the AI software DALL-E, similar to ChatGPT (they are made by the same company, OpenAI) to type in parameters for an image request. For example, Eads asked for a geometric pattern loosely based on paintings by Bridget Riley, the British artist known in the 1960s for creating optical effects with line patterns.
The software generates many versions of what it thinks Eads is asking for. He chose one of DALL-E’s images, a squared spiral in black. Its imperfectly aligned lines create a slightly dizzying effect.