I like the idea of pairing imagery and text in a non-obvious manner to have two versions of the same story adding to the larger visual affect of the matrix. In class we talked about having a letter-number labeling system to classify the stories so that they can be easily identified on the website, as well as with each other, and so I included that on the bottom of my tiles.
For my design, I have two versions portraying the Machhendranath Temple. One is simply the outline of the temple, so that the absence of material on the tile mirrors the idea of a lost artifact. The other is slightly enlarged and cropped with more details of the building, so that someone can see the various towers and pillars. The first one is more like what we talked about with the idea of the cut-out piece being something separate that is then sold as a charm. However, if for some reason we do not go in that direction, I think there is opportunity for us to go further in the use of composition and negative space.
For my text, I like the idea of the accompanying text to be an excerpt from the personal stories, a phrase that captures the readers attention and entices them to go online and learn more about the context. Mine is an excerpt therefore from my own write-up from last week. Furthermore, there is no set font, but rather my own handwriting. The use of handwriting reinforces the personal, humanizing aspects of the stories. Handwritten phrases can be vectorized quite easily in illustrator in order to etch the statements onto the plastic tiles with a laser cutter.