Frihamnstorget LED Sign

  1. @SofiaAnner inquired if @elch and I could create an illuminated FRIHAMNSTORGET sign.

  2. @cecilia_ulfsdotter have also asked whether this project could, besides the sign, result in an additional sign.

  3. @elch made a plasma cut of an F in the type that was chosen by @annielocke, and I made a small print-ready file (which wasn’t print-ready, Annie had to fix it for me…)

  4. I took the F, placed it somewhere, made a test. But, can’t find the F!

  5. So, I made another one, in cardboard. I’ve used a bit of diffusion plastic from @Ollxor. This plastic is great, and we can order to cover the rest, but I think we have a lot “in stock” if Olle wants to sell/gift it. I used some WS2812B 5V LED’s from @ubbesen since they were ideally placed, but we would most likely place our LED’s in a pattern that is convenient and effective.

5. The LED’s should be no closer than 1cm (or further away than 2cm), or else the diffusion is not optimal.

Next steps

As I see it, we have 2 paths forward (limiting my imagination heavily here).

  1. We decide on the font. Perhaps Annie can help prep the files (since I failed). Tobi plasma-cuts the letters in the 50x50 white sheets and we place them on the container. Ideally, we should paint the white sheets since they are but ugly when white.


  1. We attach our lights to the current Frihamnstorget sign (what was wrong with this one? @SofiaAnner)

OR (my currently fave suggestion)

  1. We don’t write FRIHAMNSTORGET but instead choose something a bit more slick as a complement to the already existing sign. Something like “FT” or the logo. This would be WAY faster/easier to create and might instil the same curiosity of the bypassers. It might even be the best solution in terms of creating a strong identity for the space.

Let me know what you think. I’ll be away until August 12, but happy if these letters get made somehow and then I can attach the lights.

@hampus @hugi @Linnea @Sero

Prototype of an F

ft-sign-test.2020-07-29 20_01_11


Great that this is coming along! It’s high priority I would say as the old sign is falling apart and looks quite bad IMO. Important that we show that the square is evolving and is being lovingly cared for.

Keeping the existing sign isn’t an option, but that doesn’t mean the new one has to be a replica.
For one thing we should get rid of the cafe sign as there is no continuous cafe business at the square.

I do think Frihamnstorget should be spelled out somehow.

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Gotcha’ wasn’t aware of the current sign state.

In that case,

we should proceed with plasma cutting the remaining letters, which is basically as simple as preparing all the DWG files in the right format with the right font.

@annielocke I know you’re real busy this week, and unsure what I did wrong when I made the first file - would it be possible for you to prepare all the letters for @elch?

I could share you “my version” of all the files for margin reference etc.

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Hey @cecilia_ulfsdotter, I haven’t heard from Tobi yet and I know Annie is away for at least 10 days more. But know that I have all the diffusion / LED-equipment.

Did you expect your sign to also be illuminated?

I’m back next week then we can cut it

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I’ll be at a comp after Sunday. What’s the current font being used or do we want another font? No problem to make files. Actually have no idea what was “wrong” with the files last time- can barely remember think I just remade and exported…? Too long ago

The font that you used for the logo that you made - would be appropriate I think!

I got the millimeters / cm wrong in my export and it was not usable by Tobi :confused: but also unsure how it should be ideally exported. Did you export from Illustrator ?