CSSS 2009 Santa Fe-TShirts

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CSSS Santa Fe 2009

If you have free time, you may design a t-shirt and submit photos of ideas here. We will vote on the best/favorite T-shirt design and then (hopefully) have them made at the end of the school.

Logistic Martini

My idea is to use a logisticmap bifurcation diagram as a martini glass. It could show a person drinking from it like the Coca-Cola ads.


I like the above idea but would also add this alternative: turn the bifurcation diagram upside down to look like mountains, much like the local terrain.

Logistic Mountain

Ooh! I like that suggestion, Erin, so I tried to implement it w/ the SFI logo as a setting sun, like this:

Front, upper right (viewer's POV)

  • Roozbeh Daneshvar: I really like this one! I can also give you a high quality SFI logo with my thumb drive.
    • I'll take you up on this! Monday during the first break? -Rosemary Braun
  • B/c I was concerned how the shading will turn out on a t-shirt, I made a few posterized versions that could be more easily screenprinted in two colors. I've tried to retain the essential features, but admittedly it loses some beauty. Thoughts?


A indigenous-themed design based on the Jornada Mogollon petroglyphs at the Three Rivers site. I assume their copyright has expired. I strongly recommend this place for a visit, as it is not far from Santa Fe. Suggestions welcome.


  • The idea of this design is to show that the same patterns appear in different scales (by the way, the two images are topologically similar). The resolutions of these files have been decreased, so that I can upload them easily. By the way, I have a high resolution image of SFI logo. It is about 8 Mega Bytes and I can not upload it here. If you need it, please let me know. --Roozbeh

White Sands Sunrise

The concept behind this design is celebration of simplicity, natural beauty, emergent complexity, and our attempts to model and understand all of it. Most of us are aware of the idea of a sand pile as a complex system. Depending on the state of the sand below and above it a piece will either slide further down the pile or stay put. Simple rules can start to give rise to interesting spatial patterns through time.

The sand pile then symbolizes a prototypical complex system found in nature which we can begin to recreate within simulations in our digital labs. The progressive pixelation from top to bottom in the sand is representative of our desire and practice simultaneously of magnification and abstraction of patterns and relationships.

The sun rising above the mountain in White Sands is homage to the primal source of energy that has fed Earth's biological evolution (and complexification) since the dawn of life, an acknowledgment of the blessing of endless nourishment bestowed into our physical existence daily. Simultaneously the halo of light around the sun is reminiscent of this area's atomic heritage and serves as a reminder of the power and responsibility that comes with creation and manipulation of our world as scientists and engineers.

front v1
front v2
front v3

front v4

These are four different versions for the front. I'm partial to the last, but we can toy around with the exact configuration to get the font size and border (or lack thereof) just right. Keep in mind this would be about 4 inches across on the chest in the middle.


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