August 21, 2008
This was my second Processing sketch I made prior to starting on the Music is Math video.
It’s a program that will fill the screen randomly with typeface, without any overlaps. I’ve seen this sort of thing done elsewhere, and much better, but I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do something close and hopefully learn more about coding, image processing and notch up some experience points as a computer art programmer.
I started with the Times font, created variations of random distribution, different densities, orientation etc. I then threw in the idea of images being mixed with type, opening up future possibilities for a graphic design visual brainstorming tool (see the pics with the rose below).
Here’s a gallery of the tests I created.
The most interesting development was when I used a dingbat style font, and even better, I think anyway, when I reduced the random selection to just 2 dingbat characters. You can create your own dingbat space filling art piece by running this program here.
Be warned! My code is horribly amateurish and slow, you’ll have to be patient. When you run the program a couple of dingbats will show up, you’ll then have to wait a few minutes before a couple more show up, filling in the available white space, then after a few more minutes things should speed up as the program fills in the remaining space as best it can.
It’s worth running the program a few times until 2 interesting symbols that work together crop up, I’ve ran this program a lot and still get pleasantly surprised at some of the harmonious abstract imagery created by purely randomly means.