Designed while working in NCSU College of Design's Downtown Design Studio. Located in the middle of the urban Raleigh landscape, we worked on real projects with real clients in the area in a realistic, functioning studio setting. This set us up for working in the real-world dealing with the problems and upsides of essentially running our own studio and working on our own work for clients...only while still in school.
One of the first projects we had in this space was to explore in the woodshop, experimenting with different tools and materials. This was to challenge ourselves to push past the computer and make something further. This would also help with creation of projects with these real-life clients. We had to create something that used the word "downtown". Inspired by the extensive use of vintage typography throughout downtown Raleigh, I designed a drop cap letter. From there, studio-mate Joesph Mann and I noticed we had no clock in our studio. (Come on... we can't have clients, deal with real issues if we don't know the real time!) We collaborated to turn this drop cap into a clock lasercut out of plexiglass that was then hung in our Downtown Studio for the remainder of the studio.