I was looking through some designer sites that are out there, and a lot of people really like what the people at juxt have done. ( www.juxtinteractive.com ). I was playing around with Illustrator 9 today at work to try and duplicate some of the black bordered techniques they use on the site.
I came up with something that’s very simple to do, and gives some pretty good effects. Following these exact steps won’t get you exactly what they have, but using this technique can get you very close to what they have/use or something a lot more interesting if you want.
Open up illustrator.
Click on the pen tool and draw a shape. It doesn’t really matter what shape it is, but depending if you’re going for a menu outline, or just a random shape, try to put a decent amount of clicks into the procedure. (btw, it’s better to keep them angled, and not curved, but both work).
Once you’ve finished your shape, alter the stroke of the line to the relative thickness that you’d like to have. (again juxt varies it depending what you’re trying to duplicate). I set mine to 6 if you want something to base it on.
Select your thick shape and go to object, path, and outline stroke.
With your shape still selected, go to effect, distort and transform, and scribble and tweek. Here you can play around with it, but I left mine at the defaults (10% horizontal and vertical). And voila.
You can do some really neat things with this if you have the time to experiment. Varying the shape, the stroke, and the percentage of the last effect can drastically alter and product different (yet equally interesting) results.
Since I found this out at work, I don’t have time to post up a complete step by step (with images) tutorial. If anybody wants me to, just let me know.
Have a good one,