ICM Week 2 Assignment

Here is my Processing assignment from week 2 of Intro to Computational Media at ITP.  If it looks familiar, it is because I used my design from week 1 as a starting point.  Then I used variables and conditionals to animate the drawing.  Click here or on the screenshot below to view it in action.  While viewing the piece, press any key or click the mouse and drag the design and see what happens.  Enjoy the hypnosis!  Also, for Mac users, Processing isn’t playing well with Firefox, so make sure to use Safari to view.

Intro to Computational Media Week 1 Assignment

Here is my first week’s assignment for my Intro to Computational Media class at ITP with Danny Rozin.  We are learning the Processing programming language.  The assignment was to create our own beautiful drawing with Processing using only 2D primitive shapes.

My drawing is a study of form, colors, and composition.  I used only circles, rectangles/squares and triangles.  I played with different degrees of color transparency (alpha) to layer shapes and colors.  As Scott McCloud pointed out in Understanding Comics (assigned reading in my Communications Lab class), circles/dots interact with the other random shapes to create eyes, faces, and breasts in the human mind, even in seemingly abstract drawings, which points to the anthro-centric hard-wiring of the human brain’s visual processing systems.

Click on the screenshot below to play with the interactive version.  Move your mouse around the drawing and see how it reacts.