For my final project, I decided to create something that I would keep for a long time. Since I play and stream for the Call of Duty Esports team here at CU, I decided to make a neon sign of my username so that I could use it as decoration in my room.
As you can see here, My username is “Bugz” for every gaming aspect, I even have it on my twitch page. With this I decided to make a neon sign saying “bugz” as that username has really been a part of me since middle school. I wanted to create more than just a sign though, I wanted to make it interesting as anyone could just hook up neon lights and make a sign.
However, I first started with my design. I wanted to add a neon aesthetic but I decided to take a spin on it and add a glitch effect to the text.
This is an illustration of what I plan to make with Neon lighting and other materials. There are many routes I could take with this design such as making the black letters out of foamcore or something more durable such as black acrylic. The benefits to acrylic would be being able to laser cut my design and that would make it easier to install the neon lighting. Foamcore however would allow for easier manipulation and fixing any mistakes along the way. With laser cutting, if I design it wrong I could end up wasting material.
Source : https://www.amazon.com/4-Pack-Glowing-Strobing-Electroluminescent-Yellow/dp/B013KH84DO
The background isn’t the only item that has multiple options, the neon lighting can be applied various ways. EL wire is an option that would come with multiple modes for flashing or cool, however, it is possible to hook up neon lights with an Arduino to add more control to the lighting and flashing. I plan to go ahead and use the Arduino solution so that I can create a sign with personalized flashing and give it a glitching effect. I also plan to have the Denver skyline in the background but I did not add that into my design image above. Denver has been my home my whole life and I want to show that in my sign but I am also considering making the flatirons in the background as a memory of my time here at CU. I plan to use an Arduino Uno to control each neon light for the sign and create a glitch effect.
Thank you for reading about my design process! Please let me know if the flatirons or a Denver skyline would be best behind my user!