Archive of Posts from March 2015

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blossoms & clouds
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The Tulip Hordes
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Tulip Farm
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playing with the new app Layout
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Circles iPhone Wallpaper

If you have an iPhone, like being reminded of HAL, and enjoy burning your retinas like I do—then this is the wallpaper for you:

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Just bring up this post on your phone, tap one of the thumbnails below, then long-tap the full image to save it locally.

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I generated these with Python and matplotlib. They're a few of the frames I used to put together these animated gifs.


I had some fun with circle patches, hue shifts, and voronoi diagrams. I feel like I'm getting closer to understanding screen savers circa 1992.

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Moving Colors

These were inspired by the palettes and lines in Bridget Riley's color paintings:

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If you're ok with twitchy things you can make them move.

Ruining Riley

Bridget Riley uses color and tessellating patterns in her paintings. The colors in Nataraja, 1993 feel chaotic to me but the lines provide the harmony. I used a script to add a different kind of tessellation on top which breaks the whole thing:

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Eames Dots

How about three Eames chairs barely rendered as various sized dots?

PAW, 1952. DSR, 1954. And LCW, 1946.

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Mesh Shifts

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Ruined Crow

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Something about the curve of that not pipe reminded me of the curves in Audubon's birds. This ruined image started out as Audubon's American Crow, 1861.

Not Triangles

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Ruining Rothko

After my experience ruining squares, I wondered if images of color field paintings could be ruined with triangles even with no sharply defined structure. So I tried the same thing with some images of paintings by Mark Rothko.

Here are the three I picked: No. 61 (Rust and Blue), 1953. White Over Red, 1957. And No. 46 (Black, Ochre, Red Over Red), 1957.

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And here they are ruined with Python:

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Living Tone
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accordion time #meinSchatz
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  • Frank Chimero's Webstock talk about the edgeless, collapsing, and rearranging web: "More technology only amplifies the problems created by an abundance of it."
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coast morning