Processing

Processing is a programming language, development environment, and online community. Since 2001, Processing has promoted software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology. Initially created to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach computer programming fundamentals within a visual context, Processing evolved into a development tool for professionals. Today, there are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning, prototyping, and production.

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In todays workshop I experimented with generative design. Generative design is a method to produce images, sound, architectural models and animations which are a set of rules or an Algorithm, normally by using a computer program. Most generative design is based on parametric modelling.

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First of all I created a simple draw tool which changed size over time, using the function x=(x+1)%50; it will continue to add 1 to the value of x until it reaches 49 and then the modulo function resets the counter to zero and then it starts again. I used different mouse clicks to create different colours using HSB (hue, saturation, brightness).

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Next, i experimented with if statements. I made a simple greyscale grid by using rectangles. After this I changed the colours of the rectangles to change randomly and then grow and shrink randomly (above).

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During the end of the workshop we were experimenting with rotating images. I made a rectangle rotate and a new rectangle would be drawn of the top and rotate, to create a pattern. At first the rectangle was filled in white with a black outline. I thought this was a bit boring so removed the fill and it created lots of lines, I thought this was a bit too busy so removed the outline and randomised the colours fill. Once i’d done this, I then looked at a way to make it interactive so I used mouseX, mouseY to get the spinning rectangle to follow the mouse (below) and I thought this was a good way to create some interesting imagery which I am going to mess around with over the weekend.

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