These amazing Design Icons invitations are designed by Büro North for the 10×10 (which is actually 6X6 this year) annual series of talks organized by The Design Institute of Australia. A 6×6 grid was used to create the invitations, but taking it one step further, the invitations were laser cut out of 6 layers of colored card stock.
From Büro North:
Given the strong reference to 6 for the event, we developed the logotype based on a 6×6-grid, with intersecting lines creating the shapes of the letter forms. The shapes have been separated onto 6 different colored stocks, and laser cut to produce the layered image, creating a depth of graphic that is relevant to the audience of interior designers and architects.
We did a bunch of testing to balance the laser settings between, power, speed and frequency. Basically we wanted to cut it as fast as we could, using as little power to reduce burn marks. Frequency is how fast the laser turns on and off, so it affects the speed and how much paper gets vaporized away. Because we wanted to reduce scorch marks not all the pieces fall out freely, some weeding by hand was needed. It’s a long process doing it ourselves, but with refinement could be a really efficient process, and sustainable (no inks).