Hello World!

Site-specific installation, laser cut mylar & acrylic

SOFTlab: (n)arcissus, 2010

Hey everyone! My name is Nelle (short for Ellen/ my backwards nickname) and I am a Junior in CD. I am originally from a beach town south of Boston and moved to New York over two years ago to go to Parsons. I am excited to start Creative Computing because I want to explore how processing can influence 3D design. I hope to expand my knowledge of Java and learn how to use processing to in different and unexpected ways.

I choose the image above because I thought it was an interesting example of how processing can be used to create visually intriguing architecture in a challenging space. I hope to be able to incorporate processing into the construction of designs through using the new 3D printers!

1.) My first variation: http://www.openprocessing.org/sketch/109446

I found it under Examples in Processing.

  1.  I changed the background from (0) to (20)… I’m not sure if that did anything
  2.  I changed the size of the screen from (640, 360) to (1000, 800) this simply just increased the size.
  3.  I increased the fill from (255) to (500). This slowed down the particles the more you click.

I wish that I had been able to figure out how to change the colors as the particles drop.

2.) My second variation I found under the Color Examples in Processing.


  1. I altered the size of the window by decreasing it to (200, 200)
  2. I changed the int barWidth to 1
  3. I decreased the int lastBar to -30

The result was a smaller, more delicate interaction with barely colorful visible lines.

3.) My third variation I found under the Form Examples in Processing.


  1. Using some of the other changes I made above I altered the size of the window to make a square (360, 360).
  2. After I increased the number of triangles to 30 when the mouse does not hover over the object.
  3. Then when you hover over the object 300 triangles appear.
  4. I changed the interaction with the object from being controlled by mouseX to mouseY.
  5. Lastly, I changed the color of the background from grey to blue by using the color code background(500) on the Java screen, however the uploaded JavaScript version did not seem to register that color code.

From playing with this example I figured out that Java’s color codes are different from the HTML color codes that I’m use to. I would like to learn how to change the shape more and create an continuously growing and expanding shape. From here I want to play around with sketches that other people have posted on openprocessing.org to gain more knowledge of different ways you can use processing.