Yes, a smoke printer.

A Project for my Communication Graphic Design Class - To Design in Temporal Context

The challenge was to experiment with medias that are affected by time, to defy the conventional notion that graphic design is a constant replication of flat surfaces. Often time, graphic design can be designed to incorporate a certain degree of interactivity and/or transformation that is affected by time, while still maintaining the main function as a communication tool.

My theme was an anti cigarette campaign.

Each day, more than 3,200 people under 18 smoke their first cigarette, and approximately 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers.

My idea was an ashtray that could create, with smoke, a message for the smoker to see after they put out their cigarettes. Something profoundly captivating.

Here I present the Smoke Printer, the how-to's and just some of the immense amount of printing results and experiments.
These are some of the results of the printer experience. They were all brought to you only by cigarette related chemicals. The message reads "This is how you die".
The Smoke Printer required two metal boxes, a burner for the bottom, a metal stencil taped on top and paper.

The bottom box had the burner (any regular ethanol based sterno would do, I advise a Green Restaurant Association approved one) to get the cigarette buds to burn faster. Also a small hole on each side for air circulation were created.

The upper box was the ashtray per say. The bottom was pierced with multiple holes for the ashes to disperse and the buds to stay burning inside. Also the main hole for the cigarettes was on this part of the printer.

The lid for the upper box contained the hand-made stencil message "This is how you die" in metal foil. Written, of course, in reverse.
Creator: José Neves
Concept/Designer: José Neves
Photographer/Editor: Leo Urossov
Instructor: Nigel Sielegar
THE SMOKE PRINTER
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THE SMOKE PRINTER

Anti Cigarette Campaign, A creation of an ashtray that can print with smoke.
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