For my project, I was inspired by the Family Guy town; a simple town with simple homes. I originally also wanted to add a moving vehicle, but decided it would be distracting. What I imagined my town to look like, happened to be just like the moving building example posted on the Deliverables page. I made color changes, landscape changes, wider/shorter buildings, and added a road. I also changed the function so that only one house would appear at a time and not randomly overlap with each other. When looking at my landscape project, it is as if I am slowly drifting through a desolate town in an extremely smooth car.
I watched the video of Deray Mckesson and Samuel Sinyangwe speaking. They are both activists and educators for African American rights. They issue monthly reports on the number of black people killed by police officers. By pulling data from online, they can map police violence around the nation. Mckesson and Sinyangwe do this because police and political leaders are unable to provide Americans with the truth about police violence. I admire their work because they use programming to make up for what the government should be providing, and educate the public with what they need to know.
This map was created by Samuel Sinyangwe. It actively updates with the death of an African American person, killed by a police officer.
This is the monthly Police Violence Report. These can be found on their website: WetheProtestors.org
This is the lecture they gave. They did a joint lecture and took turns speaking and referring to notes on one iPhone.
For my curves project I decided to do something that is related to ellipses because I always found circles to be aesthetically pleasing. My curve is designed so that when the mouse cursor is moved from left to right, the circles change into objects resembling an ice crystal. Also, the background changes from blue to a dark green. The background changing colors represents the change from Summer to Fall. The ellipses changing represent leaves disappearing into snowflakes.
For my Looking Outwards post this week, I chose to write about the work of Rachel Binx. She designed a software to show the different areas around Los Angeles showing the poverty level, health level, crime rates, etc. There are two reasons why I found this post particularly interesting. First of all, my father works for Los Angeles City Hall and writes software showing the city’s use of money and creates program to visualize budgeting. Second of all, I grew up in Los Angeles, and I have seen the poor conditions people live in and are in. So, it’s interesting to see the condition of Los Angeles both live and through diagrams. I don’t know what algorithms were used to write this program, but I know a man by the name of Rosten Woo designed these diagrams while Rachel Binx builds the pages.
I stumbled across this video called OKGOFINAL that I took interest in. The reason I took interest in this is because I usually do not find myself relating to all types of electronically produced music. I do listen to some types of electronic music, but others I don’t find particularly interesting. However, the reason I found this work so interesting is because I can visually see where every sound and sound effect is coming from; other than the voice. Also, the art that goes along with this music is extremely fascinating. It isn’t too complex and confusing with all sorts of shapes and patterns. It has simple patterns that are easy to look at and comprehend. This video was made by students of Royal College of Art in London, and is definitely one of my favorite Looking Outwards discoveries I have made so far.
This is the link to an article about this video: http://www.creativeapplications.net/sound/hack-n-roll-musical-instruments-to-surprise-amuse-and-excite/
For my abstract clock, I decided two incorporate two things I love, America and music. I am a music major and I have been playing violin ever since I was 5. I have such a passion for music that I am currently majoring in violin. I was born and raised in America and have a deep reverence for this country. The quarter note represents the hour, the eighth note represents minutes, and the sixteenth note represents seconds.
For my wallpaper, I decided to design something extremely simply and cute. While growing up in elementary school, I remember I would always doodle these simple flowers made out of ellipses on my homework. The background color is one of my favorite colors because it is extremely soothing to me. I could actually see myself wearing a shirt made from these flowers. I would definitely have a room in my house with this wallpaper. It would be even cooler if these were ceramic made bathroom tiles.
The 3-D piece I identified the most with this week is this interesting replication of a Nervous System morphogenesis. This work was created by Andrew Kudless. There is no description added to this post, but the reason I find it so interesting is because it reminds me of a beautiful cell developing over time. The concept of a cell is already beautiful itself, but the fact that it is shown in 3-D developing helps me visualize and feel this conceptual beauty. The way every curve is designed along with the two simple colors chosen also reminds me of my favorite type of flower. I really appreciate how it metastisizes from a simple star shaped figure into an elaborate and ornate object. The artist is capable of showing his ability to artistically incorporate simplicity and beauty.
On the website futurefeeder.com, I saw a photo of a Honda motorcycle that was printed with a 3D printer. This 1972 CB500 Honda motorcycle was printed by Jonathan Brand, an artist from New York. I could not find any detail about the algorithm he used, but the fact that it is extremely accurate reflects his artistic ability of attention to detail and design. The reason I find this so fascinating is because 3D printing can save a company a lot of money. With codes and algorithms, companies can use a computer and printer to print a prototype that otherwise would have cost thousands or even millions to make. My best friend’s two little brothers recently built a 3D printer and have been printing amazing little animals, tools and organizational units for their house, and other toys. Being able to see 3D print live and used towards art is truly amazing, and I cannot wait to see the creations that will come out in the future.
When I look at someone’s face, I see a circle, round eyes, a mouth and a nose. Of course the shapes of these features vary, but that is why I designed the most simple face I could and had each feature slightly change by click. Even though these changes are subtle, each click shows a different person.