Brochure/Poster/Hat II, Electric Boogaloo

My name is… never mind what my name is. I am a spy. Or, I might be. There is certainly a certain probability that I am, anyway. What I am spying on and who I am spying for is irrelevant, for I have infiltrated the Chicago Skeptics and MADE THEM A NEW POPE.

Jairus crowned as SkeptiPope at Skepticamp Chicago 2013
SkeptiPope Jairus I. Photo: Megan Wells

MUA HA HA HA HA, my plan to promote the Ministry of Silly Hats was a resounding success!

And so was Chicago’s third* and LARGEST EVAR Skepticamp, held just this past weekend. And not only did I make new posters, that folded into programs, that folded into hats, I made TWO OF ‘EM.

The requisite pirate hat was relatively simple, as I could use last year’s template. Aside from from having to cram in a LOT of VERY DESCRIPTIVE talk descriptions (dang wordy skeptics!), I tidied up a few things, tightened up some kerning, changed the date, added the location, and boom, HAT.

But was that enough? NO. I mean, why wouldn’t I want to be origami-ing a new hat-program at midnight two days before an event?

First, PROTOTYPES. (With my supervisor.)

white cat on a table with hat prototypes
There’s no way you’re putting one of those on me.

Then, scribble-dy layout.

A professional tape-job.
A professional tape-job.


computer screen showing InDesign layout
Where the magic happens.

I test things out…

sample posters

folded program samples

They are now posters! And programs! Live at Skepticamp!

table of programs and posters at Skepticamp Chicago 2013
Photo: Jairus Durnett

Aaaaaand…. HATS!

Hats and sign at Skepticamp Chicago 2013
Photo: Su Gould

I even got up on stage and did another demonstration of how to fold a paper pirate hat. (Yaaarrr, Cap’n Cuddles! Yer crew be ready!) The crown took a bit more work, though, so I did demos for those in small groups. However, I was so busy actually Skepticamp-ing that I didn’t get any photos of all the people wearing the hats. THIS IS TRAGIC! SKEPTICAMPERS UNITE!

…got any pics for me? Share ’em with our viewers at home!

*counting Skepchicamp in 2010.

Beth Voigt

Beth is a graphic designer in Chicago, a superhero in her own mind, and absolutely nothing on TV. She wrangles fonts professionally, pummels code amateurishly, and has been known to shove fire in her face for fun. Fond of volunteering, late-night bursts of productivity, and making snacks, she dislikes grocery shopping and sticky public transit and is only on her second smartphone. Her opinion is that you should try everything twice; if you don't like it, you were probably doing it wrong the first time around. If external links are your thing, here are links to Twitter and Instagram, and you can support her ongoing weirdness by buying her a coffee or six.

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  1. These hats were fun! I’ve got one sitting on my desk at home. Also, wooooo Skepticamp Chicago!

  2. I think this is our third brochure/poster/hat design, which would make it, what, “Brochure/Poster/Hat III: The Last Hatstand”? “Brochure/Poster/Hat III: Revenge of the Hat”?

  3. Ooo, crumbs! I forgot about your printer’s hat! The crown looks like that one, but with points. I think I prefer Revenge of the Hat, the Last Hatstand implies no more hattiness!

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