My color assignment & Alessandra and my final project mt’d at 19:00.Read More
Final Printing Code project in collaboration with Alessandra Villaamil. Each image is generative and was created in Processing. The forms, placement of numbers inside shapes, and language type vary each time. The colors are selected on demand.
The concept of the project was to re-imagine the way NASA makes announcements for new discoveries & advancements. More specifically, we wanted to create a poster regarding the findings in the sediment on Mars, a discovery that turned out to be “blown out of proportion” according to the internet.
There are 22 languages programmed into the system, and 2 are selected at random each time the Processing sketch is run. We programmed this feature because we disliked a lot of the news coverage language that made the landing of the Mars ROVER sound only like an important accomplishment for the U.S., not the rest of the world as well.
The numbers inside shapes represent the date December 21, 2012: the end of the Mayan calendar. We knew the announcement would be made while we were working on the project, so we decided to pick this date as commentary on another historical monument misrepresented in media. Although the Mayan calendar does not contain dates past 12/21/12, its end does not represent the end of the world, but the restart of a new cycle on the calendar.
A few versions of the final images we printed.Read More
I’m working with Allie on our printing code final to create a series of posters to accompany NASA’s announcement about a discovery in the soil on Mars. I was inspired by this series of of cards from the National Travel Bureau, and would love to incorporate epic yet subtle text the way they do.
We want the visuals (and perhaps the text) to be generative and abstract, exploring textures & repeating patterns. Allie pulled quite a few beautiful images to inspire us:
We plan use the ToxicLibs library as well as sample colors from images on nasa.gov. We also love the idea of manually manipulating our code-generated imagery manually, like this photocopy experiment (by Allie’s brother!).
We love the combination of abstract imagery, text & handwriting in this poster. It also got us thinking about translating our text into different languages. A lot of American news channels describe NASA’s advancements as “important developments for America” when they are really important developments for humankind, just as exploration & research via ocean sail ships was centuries ago.Read More
Our assignment this week was to create a wrapping paper design for MakerBot. I wanted to create something more specific to the Replicator, and liked the angles used in the ‘p’ and ‘t’ of the logo.
I also wanted to stray from the typical Christmas colors, and decided to utilize the Replicator’s filament color palette.
Final result below, code available here.
Our assignment this week was to recreate [or make a new poster inspired by] one of these famous Olivetti posters by Giovanni Pintori. I liked the posters that included photography, so I decided to include one of my own photos.
It was difficult to ignore the effects of Hurricane Sandy in NYC & beyond this past 2 weeks. Nature’s power can be an extreme wakeup call that reminds us how we’re on a rock floating in space. Nature can also be so serene it’s almost surreal. I get the latter feeling from a shot I took at a lake outside of Seattle, WA, which just so happens to have the bluest water I’ve ever laid eyes on. I may have spent more time reminiscing about that place and ogling the photo than I did on the code, but I think I found a controlled, random set of shapes that strengthened the composition of the photograph.Read More
Our assignment for this week was to create a generative logo. I decided to brand H&H, the design company I want to start with Amelia (both of our last names start with H). I loaded my font list into an array and selected typefaces randomly, and stacked them. I have a few different variations of the code– playing with the number of times a letter is drawn (btw 1 and 3), the fill (black or white), and whether the letter is capital or lower case. View my code on github.
Best quotes from the critique are awarded to Patrick and Ben:
Patrick, on redesigning a formal menswear line
“… they’re kind of this waspy, stuffy men’s fashion company. Which I LOVE!”
Ben, on Matt’s choice of palette
“What are the colors?”
(Matt describes that the different hues represent different departments of the business he chose.)
“No, I mean what are the colors. This is a color-blind question.”
Ben, on the Gogol Bordello
“I mean the word ‘Bordello’ puts certain images in your head.”
Patrick, on Gogol Bordello
“Yeah it definitely looks like it belongs in a bathroom.”
Built & utilized a modular grid to design a poster for Printing Code this week. A bit more proud of the code than the visuals, as I spent more time on the prior. I’m hoping to upgrade this sketch to include multi-directional arrows as well as integrate themes from the Geomerative library. Code available here.Read More