The Tech That Makes LOVE How software and hardware helped spread Love

For any explorer, there are vital tools needed to reach a destination. This is a story about a recent emotional adventure my family and I took. It details the vital hardware and software we used in order for it to be the success that it was.

The morning after the fifth teenage suicide in the past six months at my daughter's high school, our family sat together and contemplated how we could help our community. We felt helpless and discouraged. We did not know what we could do for anyone else, but we knew that we must try something. We had to shake this anger, fear, and disbelief from our souls.

So we directed our energy towards an art project.

We are aware of the way that creativity and building things has aided our own healing during painful times. We have experienced some magical moments as a family when given the opportunity to create, build, and share in a public setting. We decided to make our backyard fence the public setting and our objective to remind our neighbors, our classmates, our teachers, our friends, and the rest of the world that there is still love in the world–whether love for a pet, a friend, a lost one, or even yourself.

We collectively decided that we would spray paint flowers and the single word, "LOVE" onto our old fence that backs a very well-traveled frontage road. We decided that stencils would prevent shy artists from refraining from the fun.

Hardware Used:

  • Apple iPad 2
  • iPhone 5s and 6
  • MacBook Pro Laptop
  • Google Chromebook
  • Universal Laser Systems PLS4.6 laser cutter

Software Used:

  • Adobe Capture
  • Adobe Draw
  • Adobe Comp
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Spark Page
  • Social Media: Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and FaceBook

The girls began sketching various types of flowers, and we agreed upon five daisy (the friendship flower) shapes.

Using Adobe Capture on our Apple iPad 2 the girls were able to turn their drawings into vector artwork immediately. Using Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries, I was able to place the vector flowers into an Adobe Illustrator CC file on my MacBook Pro laptop and size each design 7", 9", and 11" in diameter.
Using a Universal Laser System PLS 4.60 CO2 laser cutter, we cut the shapes out of 1/8" Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF).

Now we needed paint. Our 15 year old wrote a letter to the owner of some local Ace Hardware stores. We knew his children attended our same school. This was getting all of us focused on something outside of ourselves. It was beginning to make us talk about and inform others of our need to "Spray the Love". Ace was incredibly helpful and eager to assist our goal and donated all of our paints.

We needed to get the word out. While the oldest was getting supplies, our youngest returned to her sketchbook. This time to create flyers that we could post on all of the local mailboxes immediately.

Using Adobe Capture, Adobe Draw, and Adobe Comp, we quickly had fliers and social media imagery for profiles and for content to start informing the community. Adobe Illustrator CC was used to fine-tune the flyers that were posted on mailboxes, in local stores, and at the local YMCA.

We got the Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat handles @SpraytheLoveCO . . .

. . . and started blasting social media, encouraging awareness through #SpraytheLoveCO

Stickers

We did not want the conversation to wane once the project was over. We knew the fence would catch some eyes, but we wanted others to help spread the positive word.

Taking the girl's artwork into Illustrator, these bad boys were printed by Sticker Mule, an online custom sticker printer. When we explained why we needed the stickers immediately, they comped the rush charges and gave us a discount.

The last piece to the puzzle was a website that we could drive our connections to. Time was short. The girls used their Google Chromebook and a (free) Adobe Spark Page to gather all of our details as well as to share the counseling information being provided by the school district. Using Adobe Lightroom to edit our phone and camera photos, we photo-journaled our adventure and continued to post on our Spark page.

So How Did It Turn Out?

See for yourself, here, at SpraytheLove.com

This project took us about two weeks to plan and perform. We were in town for about five days during the planning phase. We never would have been able to complete this without the amazing technology listed here. I never could have done this on my own as a professional in such time. The ability to have such powerful software that my early teenage daughters could master and produce the level of marketing materials that they did is stupendous.

The ability to use incredible hardware while traveling and the syncing of ink and paper to ultimately hardboard, laser cut, high-quality stencils and signs makes me want to advocate not just our positive message to LOVE, but also all of these magnificent products that allowed us to Spray the Love.

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Jake Weien
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