Okay, lovely people, it's time to think about painting, and I need your input.

As you perhaps know, I'm building a giant Soma cube to take to Nowhere in July. There are 240 different ways to put its seven pieces together to form a cube.

And I've discovered (by using mathematics!) that though a cube, of course, has six faces, it is possible to choose one complete square face from each of

In other words, if you gave me ten different square pictures, I could carefully paint the pieces of the cube so that, if you solved the cube one way, you'd get one of the pictures, and if you solved it another way, you'd get a different picture, and so on. The cube would secretly have ten faces!

So I want you to help me choose ten different square pictures, so I can decorate the cube like that. Here's the spec:

As you perhaps know, I'm building a giant Soma cube to take to Nowhere in July. There are 240 different ways to put its seven pieces together to form a cube.

And I've discovered (by using mathematics!) that though a cube, of course, has six faces, it is possible to choose one complete square face from each of

*ten*different solutions of the cube such that none of the ten chosen square faces share any of the faces of the pieces that compose them.In other words, if you gave me ten different square pictures, I could carefully paint the pieces of the cube so that, if you solved the cube one way, you'd get one of the pictures, and if you solved it another way, you'd get a different picture, and so on. The cube would secretly have ten faces!

So I want you to help me choose ten different square pictures, so I can decorate the cube like that. Here's the spec:

## Themes

One face will be reserved for a Nowhere logo. The other nine designs are to reflect different aspects of life that conflict with each other or compete for attention ... something like:- Family
- Friends
- Work
- Rest
- Travel
- Home
*Your topic here!**Your topic here!**Your topic here!*

## Style

Each design should be bold and simple. That way, it will be easy to see even in dusty conditions. Also it will mean even a software engineer can understand it. Think icons, traffic signs, special symbols in typefaces (♥¸ ☺, &, ☢, ♜, ⚥) and so on.

The finished cube will be 1.2 metres on a side, but there will be some narrow gaps between the pieces. Each face is made of nine smaller square faces. Ideally, each design should cover all nine of the smaller squares that compose it.

## What you should do next

- Open the face template that shows, in proportion, how one square face will be made up. Print out a few copies and put them on your desk or wherever. See what you can fill them with. Maybe doodle on them when you're on the phone or bored. Photograph or scan the results, and share them with the +Soma Cube, or send them to nowherecube@gmail.com.
- Think about the things in your life that you wish would add up, but which don't. Do you love the sunshine, but know that only one rainy city will ever be truly home to you? Do you love burning things, but worry about your carbon footprint? Share your thoughts with the +Soma Cube or send them to nowherecube@gmail.com.

What's in it for you, beyond fame and glory? Something, I promise ... but I'm not saying what yet.