Archive for the 'Play' Category

About Time

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

About Time. A clock for kairos time.

run the sketch—view the code

How do you use it?
Tell somebody about what time it is.

What is it?
A clock… sort of. This sketch is just a modification of the anaLog Clock from last March. Watch it for a few seconds if you can. It’s drawing the clock hands at random distances from where they should be according to the actual time. The result… you can only tell about what time it is. I know it’s hard to watch, but that’s really not the point. I’d like to polish it up a little, but for now, consider it a proof of concept.

Why is it cool?
My life is a constant struggle with time. Or, more specifically, chronos time. If I can avoid knowing the “exact” time, I’m all for it. Maybe this is clock for kairos time.

Slit-scan photos

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Owen
run the sketch—view the code

How do you use it?
space bar = start a new scan
x = toggle between color or black-and-white
s = save a .tif (doesn’t work in web browser)

What is it?
I found these thoughtful and elegant photos by Ansen Seale on Spraygraphic so I thought I’d try my hand at it. Obviously I’m not a practiced photographer like Ansen.

It is basically the Slitscan example sketch by Golan Levine and Fry that comes with Processing. I just added mousePressed() events to start a new scan, convert it to black-and-white, and to save the image.

Why is it cool?
You decide.

Line Graph Prototype // ver A

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Line Graph Prototype // ver A
run the sketch—view the code

How do you use it?
Move the mouse around and dissect the code.
What is it?
A tool for creating point or line graphs.

Our new Indy Car team

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Green Zebra Racing
run the sketch—view the code

How do you use it?
Move the mouse up and down to hit the gas!

What is it?
Just a fun little diversion because, hey, Indy is tomorrow!!! It’s for() loop generating some random colors underneath a PNG-24 with transparency. The car design was done for the imaginary world where my alter ego (as humble letterpress printer for Armato Design & Press) owns an Indy Car team, Green Zebra Racing.

Why is it Cool?
It turns out that A) I’m a geek, B) I’m a big racing fan, and C) you can download EPS templates of Indy Cars.

Flashbelt is comming…

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

_20080518_FBbanner_a
run the sketch—view the code

How do you use it?
Just move the mouse around.

What is it?
I am speaking at the Flashbelt conference in Minneapolis next month. This is just me tinkering around with the Flashbelt logo and some Perlin noise.

Workshop Demo // PDF export

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

_20080513_WorkShopDEMO_pdf
run the sketch—view the code (w/PDF export, w/o PDF export)
How do you use it?
Move the mouse around to draw. Click-and-drag to draw to a PDF file.

What is it?
I put this together for a workshop I taught last night. Primarily this is an example of some code to for beginners. If that’s you, use the vesion without the PDF export. It is also a demo of one way to use the PDF Export library so you can edit your drawing in Adobe Illustrator or another vector drawing program. When you click-and-drag to draw, a PDF will be saved in the sketch folder when you release the mouse button.

Why is it cool?
This stuff isn’t just for the screen, it can be used in print! Being able to use the results of your Processing sketch in Illustrator makes simple computer programming appealing to graphic designers.

Still More Radar

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

A) _20080510_radar_c
run the sketch—view the code

B) _20080510_radar_3d
run the sketch—view the code

How do you use it?
A) Just move the mouse around, the animation follows it.
B) Move the mouse up and down to rotate the spiral about the x-axis. Hit the spacebar to start or stop rotation about the y-axis.

What is it?
I was tinkering with the parameters of A, and it occurred to me that it should be pretty easy to push it into 3D.