Our story starts in March 2014. Akismet needed some stickers to hand out at a spam conference. So I took an earlier concept by my partner in swag, Nick, and updated the design. What I designed would subsequently create an entire world where good and evil robots battle for victory over the Internet.
Ok, so that may be a little more “doomsday scenario” than necessary. But I created a representation of what we lovingly refer to as the spambot.
Within this world we needed someone to fight the good fight against this army of spambots. Enter Akisbot.
Akisbot is the personification of the Akismet service. He is a hard worker, an integral part of Akismet, and the backbone of our team.
Over the past six months I have been refining his look and improving him. And during that time we have put him in many fun situations including protecting Kansas City from spambots and celebrating a victory at the World Cup.
He has also been the official mascot of a bowling team, a baseball team, and on countless items. Greg’s daughter even drew a girlfriend for him, which I just had to bring to fruition.
Now I’m extremely excited about the latest adaptation of the hero of our story. My colleague, Chris, has brought Akisbot out of the digital world and into the real world. He created a CAD model for his 3D printer based solely on the various illustrations I’ve done. And he looks amazing. The best part? Akisbot is a movable figure!
When I saw a picture of the finished product I felt like a kid at Christmas. I was giddy about the fact that the little mascot I designed is a real toy. I couldn’t stop giggling, just like when I got my first Nintendo.
Definitely head over to his blog and read the detailed post on the process of building Akisbot.