Blade Runner Voight-Kampff Operator Card

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  1. white43

    white43 New Member

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    As no-one seems to be doing the VK Operator Cards anymore, thought I'd try my hand at doing one. I'm kinda following Beastmaster's design - but changing it at the bottom.


    1 - does anyone know of any large resolution Voight Kampff logos? I've Googled for it, but can only find small ones!


    2 - Anyone know what the Chinese on the back of Beastmasters card says?

    mybladerunner.com-deckard-card-2.jpg


    3 - How do people feel about QR codes on cards? Or bar codes?
     
  2. joberg

    joberg Master Member

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    Looking good and, as you know, Propsummit is your best site to get all of the info you'll need:)
     
  3. Mike J.

    Mike J. Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Logo from DVDs, I think. And Tom Southwell?

    If you ask me, a barcode or mag strip would be fine, but QR codes hadn't been invented in 1982, so I would avoid those.

    With my fan-made BR stuff, I've tried to stick to what has already been established by Tom Southwell, and what would plausibly match that aesthetic, as far as fonts & graphics go. I bought an old graphic arts catalog from 1982, hoping to discover some of the stuff used in BR, but I didn't, and yet I managed to find a couple things that looked like they would fit in BR.

    I hope that helps.


    -MJ
     

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  4. white43

    white43 New Member

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    Excellent, thanks For the attachments! I'll prob stay away from the QR Code. I just can't reproduce the lower part of the existing card, so was going to do something new.

    Funny enough I started there and have had no responses!
     
  5. Mike J.

    Mike J. Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    You mean the triangles? What are you creating the card in? Photoshop? Illustrator? Corel Draw?

    It's a slower forum than the RPF; many of the specialized ones are, I think. Give them some time. Tom Southwell himself is a member there, so when he does post, there's nothing better :)


    -MJ
     
  6. TheTimeRanger

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    I might be able to help you with a high resolution/vector logo. I'm not by my personal computer right now, but if I dont have it. I can make it for you :)
     
  7. Buch

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  8. white43

    white43 New Member

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    I couldn't do this for a little while there, but back on it now. Yea, I was trying to use paint.net, but I don't know how to recreate in the first post the 'bar code' for want of a better term. I've had a good look around at bar codes and triangle patterns - but could not find this one or anything like.

    Someone else tried this, which I think looks kinda ugly :

    brcard.jpg

    Any thoughts or suggestions??
     
  9. white43

    white43 New Member

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    Thanks Buch. I was able to find from the Chinese forum that it says something like:

    "You [polite you] have been authorised to use the following kind/sort/category
    link six" - it looks like someone put English through the Google translator.

    I was thinking the card should say something like "The carrier of this card is an authorised user of Voight-Kampff technologies and certified to Nexus Six". Any thoughts??
     
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  10. Buch

    Buch Sr Member

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    Well "nexus" is Latin and means "connection" (also used as grammatical term)... So "link" is not a bad translation!
     
  11. Mike J.

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    The triangles used in Beastmaster's card come from some of the background set dressing labels made by Tom Southwell. They're probably just clip art of some kind. You may be able to create some similar alternating triangles patterns using one of the Wingdings fonts.

    I would not recommend putting Nexus 6 on the cards, as Deckard / Holden / Bryant seem to regard them as very new and semi-secret "now," and I think it's unlikely that Deckard would have acquired certification for them before he retired. Additionally, Deckard seems surprised that it took so many questions to ID Rachel; if he was familiar with the Nexus Sixes, he should not have been so surprised.

    Additionally, there is a free vector art program called Inkscape that some people use. You may want to give it a look.


    -MJ
     
  12. white43

    white43 New Member

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    That's a very good point Mike. I don't know why that didn't occur to me before. I might amend this text to just say certfied to Nexus level. Might see if I can locate some the said dressing labels made by Tom Southwell. Had a crack at using Wingdings font for them, but didn't come out to well. Thanks for the help!
     
  13. Mike J.

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    Times New Roman:

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  14. Collektor

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    Gotta agree, keep the tech to the era the film was made and it rings true. I have one of Beast's cards, and used it for the dimensions on my VK-MK II build. But no idea what the Chinese says, my guess would be the same as what the English text says. Makes the most sense
     
  15. Mike J.

    Mike J. Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Additionally, there are standard sizes for plastic cards of this type:

    Also, pretty sure this is supposed to be Japanese we're seeing everywhere. Geishas are Japanese. I wouldn't worry about the accuracy too much. Southwell did have some stuff translated by humans, but he also clipped a lot of text out of magazines and newspapers.


    -MJ
     

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