Small fish in a big pond
It is week 6 of the Creative Coding course and I have started to get things making some kind of sense in my brain. I can move code about into different places and understand what it’s doing. I’ve got the hang of classes and arrays and can make them do what I want, same with colours. I’ve also started to get the idea of how to do the kind of thing I might want with animation effects, although it is still less appealing to me.
This week there is an exercise to make a creative coding postcard.
Using Processing, create a sketch that uses any of the elements we’ve been discussing throughout the course: graphic shapes, images, text and sound. You don’t have to use all these elements, indeed you may find that limiting the type of elements helps to create a more focused creative idea.
Your postcard should respond to the the theme of ‘place’. Traditionally, postcards were sent to friends and family when the sender was far away. They also served as a memento of a place and time, often fondly remembered. Even in today’s always-connected Internet age, people still send stylised photos of places they are visiting via social media networks.
You can interpret the sense of place in many different ways: where you are right now, where you live, where you grew up, a favourite place of the imagination, a place made from and about code…it’s up to you.
If you can, design your postcard so that each time it’s run, the results are different in some way. For example you could use the time of day, your location, or some careful use of random numbers to allow this. You might like to think how the work will carry your ‘signature’ – having a recognisable style or aesthetic – so don’t use too much randomness.
If you like, you can also make your postcard interactive, responding to mouse or keyboard events. Keep the interaction simple and intuitive, ideally it shouldn’t be necessary to have any explanation of how to interact with your work.
My interpretation of the brief
My postcard is from the place I’m at with creative coding. A little fish swimming in a big pool, not really sure where I’m going and from time to time bumping my head on a wall. That’s a bit better than where I was little while ago, which was almost drowning. I was aiming for something that looks like goldfish swimming in a pond. (I also think this looks a bit like water rippling in the style/colours of Monet).
Rather than paste it in here, the code is available at http://www.openprocessing.org/sketch/214180
Embed from OpenProcessing.org
This gives the idea of the animation, but because it’s embedded and the display size I used is larger than the width of this column, it has been cropped. So that is a lesson, if I want to embed the animation, need to make the size right to start with as it doesn’t scale. To see it full size have a look at the openprocessing link above.
I also recorded it as a video.