A few of you out there (assuming that anyone I’m not directly related to actually reads this thing) might have noticed the little “VanderHoeven Machine” logo sitting on the side of the page. Apparently there’s a long, sordid tale behind the whole thing, but I am not familiar with all the details. To make a long story short, a moment of frustration during a wedding planning session resulted in a rant about the whole VanderHoeven Machine, and before we knew it, the name stuck. Before long, the phrase found its way onto Christmas ornaments (our family does an ornament exchange at Thanksgiving every year), then T-shirts, and now it’s even managed to make its way onto the backs of people’s cars now that some of the craftier portions of the family recently acquired a vinyl cutter.
Although the current VanderHoeven Machine logo works pretty well in its simplicity, I’ve been meaning to take a crack at making one of my own for a while now. Over the past couple of days, I have been messing around some with a program known as Inkscape, an open source vector drawing program that will create the vector graphics files that can be imported by the cutter without too much hassle (and more importantly, without spending hundreds of dollars on Adobe stuff to do the same thing.) The program isn’t exactly the most user friendly thing that I’ve ever used, but it seems to do the job, and in a few hours worth of tinkering around with the program, I was able to put together the logo above. There’s still some work that needs to be done on it (for one thing, it’s got no color in it right now,) but I think that it turned out surprisingly close to what I was originally thinking of.
Just remember, if you ain’t Dutch, you ain’t much (well actually, I’m not quite as Dutch as some of the rest of the family, but that’s beside the point…)