Orb vs. Cube: Free vector download

A few weeks ago I was playing around with this vector graphic I made of an orb inside a hollowed cube, trying to make a geometric poster or use it as an element in a larger piece. I tried a few ideas then tossed it on the sidelines to chase another concept. This was originally going to be a part of the Year Zero design but I couldn’t quite make it fit. However, I liked design of the element and wanted to do something else with it.

This is the first time I’ve done anything like this, but I want to make the little vector graphic available for you to use. I put together the above design using the cube to show what can be done with effects and stuff in Photoshop, and here are a few of the unsuccessful concepts I was playing with in Illustrator in an attempt to make the element look good.

So, I’m interested to see what you can do. This isn’t a contest or anything, just a fun experiment if you are looking for a reason to make things. Simply download my vector file (EPS) right here and start playing with it in any form you please. Change the colors, add effects, pattern it, bust it apart, whatever you might have fun doing. The sky’s the limit.

Once you are done, feel free to post your creation in the Signalnoise Flickr pool. I’d love to see what you come up with. Have fun!


  1. Neato! Thanks for sharing. I’m trying to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and I think your file could a be great learning tool.

  2. Thanks so much! Will have a play and share my results. Thanks Andy. Ps. Thank you for answering my question on your last broadcast.

  3. I think I’ll have a lot of fun there.

  4. Just uploaded … Orb … Grab it and start playing!
    Childishness aside, thanks for the vector asset! :)

  5. gamrcobe

    Thanks for the download, just posted my version on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/gamrcobe/5406663879/

  6. Thanks, James! I love having the opportunity to see how other designers build elements.

  7. Thanks for share it James.
    Here it is my contrib ;)


  8. Just an idea, but there’s a chance this would make an amazing logo.

  9. Yo James, great idea! Thanks for sharing.

    Here’s my interpretation: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moodyrama/5410574411/

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