STYN Is Pinball As A Design Tool

December 2, 2012 - By - Tags: ,

STYN by Sam van Doorn has been making the rounds, and for good reason: it combines the game of pinball with the art of printmaking.

van Doorn’s installation is fairly simple in concept: a piece of paper is placed under flippers that were borrowed from a pinball machine, which knocks a ball around, one covered in ink.

When talking with Wired, van Doorn explained:

“I realized the printer did exactly what I told it to… What would roll out of the printer would be predictable; every program and machine has its own aesthetic, which is easily forgotten when working as a graphic designer. Everything was too predictable, I wanted to be surprised.”

van Doorn will sell you a print that he’s produced himself for 50 Euros. Personally, I’d rather play STYN and make my own print. Thankfully, he’s totally cool with that idea.