Project 03 – Staff Picks

Clearly, some of you really enjoyed the Wallpaper Project. We were bowled over by the passion, curiosity, ingenuity, and craft with which you pursued this investigation. Here are just a handful of our favorite responses to the prompt.

Alison Gondek wowed us with this exceptional study of graphics inspired by the alien writing and diagrams used in the television show, Doctor Who.


John Sprong created a gorgeous geometric design with details at multiple levels of scale. Ben Snell, meanwhile, used mathematical equations to model his own hand-drawn ink-hatching, resulting in a highly organic texture with complex and interesting rhythms. (We think it could use a little judicious noise.)

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Maggie Mertz and Bo Kim developed designs based on traditional Japanese kimono textiles and Korean Dancheon architectural ornaments, respectively. Their projects are exemplary, not only for their high level of craft, but for the evident depth to which they researched these traditions, and the fidelity they demonstrated in finding ways to implement them computationally.

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Marantha and Marisa both placed shapes on a grid — but each had totally complementary approaches to how those shapes were made. Marantha generated her shapes randomly, creating a regular pattern of organically-varying, squishy cell-like forms. Marisa, on the other hand, designed each point of her shapes with meticulous care — forming a classic Escher-style tessellation of what appear to be (Scotty?) dogs.

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Samantha and Maayan developed compositions with highly interesting and carefully composed shapes. In particular, both of their projects possess marvelously stimulating negative shapes — the spaces between the positive forms.

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In addition to the above students, we’d also like to acknowledge particularly strong projects by Omar Cheikh-Ali, David Frank, Aman Tiwari, and Jen Liu for the high caliber of their responses. We’ll do our best to keep these Staff Pick announcements diverse and fresh.


We do realize that last week’s itinerary of Deliverables was fairly heavy. This was reflected in the fact that, out of 84 students, thirteen, or about 15%, did not turn in a Wallpaper submission — we can only assume, because of lack of time. Ouch. We hear you, and we will be more sensitive to balancing the load better in the future.

Of the 70 students who did submit a Project-03, the average score was 2.1/3, and the median grade was 2.0/3, with a standard deviation of 0.4.