AMD Logo Kite

by Anthony Su


I want to make a kite in the shape of the AMD logo. Could you tell me if it would work and how to go about doing it?


Assuming you have some right to reproduce this logo ;-) , and hence aren't bothered about possible litigation, here's some ideas. The logo appears to be based on a square, which is handy. Two possibilities come to mind...

1) Rotate the logo by -45 degrees, which brings the top right corner to the top. If the sail was made from clear plastic, the logo fore-ground color could be added with a permanent marker. On the AMD home page, this is a dark green. The sticks would go from corner to corner, forming a cross. So you would end up with a Diamond kite, with a symmetrical color scheme.

With a little bow pulled into the horizontal stick, and several kite-lengths of light plastic tail plus a simple 2-point bridle, this would fly well! See the bridle diagram for the 2-Skewer Diamond kite to get the basic idea. Experimentation will be required to get the exact knot position that will work best for the AMD Diamond.

2) Again using colored marker on clear plastic sheet, you could construct a Rokkaku design. This time, the square area of sail between the upper and lower horizontal sticks would be used for the logo. In this case, the logo can remain oriented exactly as you see it in print or on a web page.

A well-made Rokkaku requires no tail at all. The bridle is a little more involved, but small Roks fly fine on a 3-point arragement. See the annotated photo, well down on this 2-Skewer Rokkaku page.

If either of these kites refuse to fly at all, you will probably need to try again with lighter sticks. Just browse around the kite-making pages of this site to get a feel for what is 'about right', depending on the size of your kite.

One more thought...

Suppose you get the Diamond flying nicely. As an experiment you could go a couple of steps further to make a real flying logo.

Make up another set of cross-sticks, and run thread around to form two concentric squares which match up with the logo. See how there is a small square within the larger outline square? Lay this down over some more clear plastic and cut, fold, tape etc so the sail takes on the exact shape of the fore-ground colored portions of the logo.

Some experimentation with tail length and bridle adjustment will be required, but I think this shape would be capable of flying.

Have fun!

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