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Brief Published: 15 Aug 2012

The Cryptographer Textile Printer


The Cryptographer is a custom-made printer developed by Dutch graphic design studio Raw Colour. Controlled via text messaging, the printer is programmed with a code that turns letters into geometric icons, allowing the user to create ever-changing patterns depending on the inputted text.

To create the patterns, the printer applies bleach to coloured fabric through a pen attached to the printer head, creating shapes by altering the density of the lines. The scale of the pattern is dependent on the number of words sent to the printer.

Due to the technical nature of the project, several collaborators were also involved – all of them Dutch. Graphic designers Remon van den Eijnden and Peter Bust helped to develop the final software and digital interface. Software designer Bart van der Linden was responsible for the programming and direct control elements. And concept and prototype specialists Studio Watt were behind the engineering and electronics.

Raw Colour