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App to help me design a large corporate logo sign from Lego?

bkprbkpr Texas, USAMember Posts: 295
Hey all.

Does anyone know of an app/service that can help remove the grunt work from designing a corporate logo sign for our reception area? I'd like to build is studs ON TOP, not like the typical mosaic apps with suds pointing out.

LDD will be my go to, but I thought there'd be a better way to calculate how many bricks I need and potentially map it out on a grid from a vector file of the logo (one colour). The logo is below. Overall length will be 150–200cm. Potentially may just make the icon part if the text ends up being too finicky.

If you know of a good way to do this please let me know!
Thanks in advance.


  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,421
    I wouldn't bother with any specialised LEGO design software, using any basic design software you should be able to put together a grid to represent the scale of of LEGO bricks, put the image of the logo behind it and that will give you a basic pattern to follow.
  • MattsWhatMattsWhat Studley, UKMember Posts: 1,643
    edited January 2016
    ^although at that size there is no way to get all those different slopes and curves accurately without using curves and slopes (which is difficult in only a grid layout).  I guess it depends how blocky the OP wants it to look.
    For the OP, the reasons people generally do them studs out is because then each piece is square, whereas studs up presents a challenge to produce even a square of certain sizes (let alone a circle).  If you don't want the studs look, you can just use tiles remember - you could even use tiles and then put snot bricks on the top edge to give the look of studs up when in fact it is studs out.
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,421
    edited January 2016
    I was running on the assumption of it basically being a mosaic style result but built like a standard wall - in other words the easiest thing, you could still use the grid process and just look at those that are 1/2 diagonal as slopes, a little bit more work, personally I'd just choose a size appropriate to make it a bit less blocky looking.

    The only specific lego design software I've seen to generate anything for this just does standard mosaic stuff.
  • MattsWhatMattsWhat Studley, UKMember Posts: 1,643
    Yeah, I wasn't knocking the suggestion - its a good starting point, but people often get protective over logos and getting an exact match for this when every single letter has a curve is going to be a nightmare (particularly if the OP wants it as a wall of white and gray rather than just gray on a background).  I just wanted to highlight that I guess.
    As for some software to do this any other way, no way it could be done I don't think, with a catalogue of pieces as huge as it is and a size that would be 1000s of bricks, the computational power alone would be prohibitive.
    I have always done mosaic stuff by using paint/photoshop to make the image 64x64 (or whatever) pixels, then zooming.  Done in a second and it's easy enough to guess the colours.  Ordering the parts is a bit of a hassle in counting though...
  • aapaap GermanyMember Posts: 8
    edited January 2016

    Assuming a width of 200 cm would result in a height of 77 cm. With a brick width of 0,8 cm an height of 0,96 cm the sign would be 250 studs wide and 80 bricks or 240 plates high.

    So Import/open the logo in a vector graphic program like Corel Draw and export it as a bitmap sized 250x240 pixel. Then create a corresponding grid in the vector graphic program and import the created bitmap. You have to strech it to 300% horizontally.

    The hard part is to determine the number and the position of the individual bricks and plates

  • KingAlanIKingAlanI Rochester, NYMember Posts: 2,131
    My mosaic process:
    Draw a grid over the image (or put the image on graph paper)
    Make judgment calls about mixed squares (including making adjustments to make the finished product look better
    Decide which bricks to use (which includes how to connect multiple baseplates)

    I use Excel to list the piece requirement and show the design (set column height equal to row height, use cell borders and cell backgrounds to show particular bricks)[Non-grid].jpg[Grid].jpg

    I hadn't thought of shrinking the image to a scale where 1 pixel is 1 stud. Keep the original image to be able to design on a different scale.

  • kiki180703kiki180703 Montreal, CanadaMember Posts: 1,051
    edited January 2016
    I usually a program called Photobricks. I made a mosaic with your logo and this is the result:

    You can change the colors that are around the letters and the logo. It's a 192x192 stud mosaic or 4x4 48x48 baseplates so it's quite big.
  • bkprbkpr Texas, USAMember Posts: 295
    Dang! Thanks for all your thoughtful replies!

    I happen to be a designer so after LDD (or perhaps before), I will create the appropriate grid in Illustrator (9.6 tall x 7.8mm). Then I can use the logo without distortion and get an accurate "build". Piece count will have to manually counted, although there may be a way to create the artwork and have Illustrator report on how many "objects" have been drawn.

    I might not create the text — it really depends on whether the letterforms look decent. To my detriment here, there are a lot of curves in the text. My fallback would be to create the icon itself at around 100–120cm wide, made up primarily of 2x4 bricks (2 stud deep wall). I'd need some 2x2s and 1x2s also, not to mention a bunch of slopes. I was also considering adding a few windows, doors, arches or other architectural elements and throwing a few random minifigs. 

    In any event your answers have made me consider the project more deeply. I'll need to do all the artwork to give the powers that be a cost estimate, followed by a passionate presentation on why it's worth paying 300% more for a sign made from Lego vs a regular old foam/board version. With the architectural/minifig option, at least I'll be able to change the figs around from time to time to keep it interesting, particularly during halloween, Christmas etc.

    Thanks again for all your suggestions.

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