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Introductory post for Rick


My name is Rick, its a actually not short for anything–it literally just says “Rick Rodriguez” on my birth certificate. I grew up in California, near L.A. and spent the majority of my life there. I am a sophmore in CD and I personally love textures. Textures of wood, concrete, plaster, and anything that is chaotic up close, but uniform all together. Thats why I took a particular fondness to this image from http://enohenze.de/puls/ that incorporates a backdrop for Merceded Benz and their new line with metal particles in a sea behind it


Just my own personal preference.

In any case, I am excited for this class because I enjoy the logical and mathematical side of things and I find it fascinating when vast information is understood and presented in a well designed manner.


My tweaked sketches are as follows



All of them were from a great portfolio I found on openprocessing.org and by a username called Aris Bezas. After some searching, I found this persons code very understandable and well organized. The three original sketches are as follows, respectively




For the first one


I found the background color and understood that (0) meant black and I changed it to a lighter tint of black (55). I tried to change the color of the white lines, but the format was one that I hadn’t seen before. Instead of a hex number or rgb code, I believe it contained i’s and j’s. So I didn’t want the white to get lost in any other colors so I left the background a subtle dark grey. I also slowed down the frame rate and found that the lines fill in at a slower rate that the original–makes sense.

chnages red

The second sketch (pictured above) began as a series of circles that came from the center and changed color at varied speeds and varied intervals. I really liked the movement so I started to change the speed. I changed the number for fill(myColor,800) from 50 to 800 and each time I increased the number by about 50, I realized that edges were getting sharper instead of blurry. Happy accident that I decided to keep. I then took the colors the original artist used and replaced them with my own tints of red all the way to black. I also changed the background color to a grey as well. I finally changed the command of ellipse to rect( to try a rectangle coming from the center. It didn’t work. However, the rectangle actually began to start coming from the top corner and bleeding into the bottom right corner that I was also pleasantly surprised with.



The last one I found particularly aesthetically pleasing. If you click and drag on the sketch, colored streaks appear and follow your mouse. I immediately added my own colors instead of the original and had to find out which command corresponded to which streak and adjust my pallette as such. I went with tints of blue that softly glow against the black. I tried to change the background to a different color and while I was successful, nothing really looked better than the black. So I tried a gradient. I saw that you can use pictures as backgrounds as long as they are the same size as the sketch, so I made a soft gradient in photoshop and tried to use that. I added the file to the code and link it appropriately and I was able to play the command and see my image in the background. #sucess

Then it went downhill from there. Once I saved and converted it to JavaScript, it was no longer able to recognize the image and displayed a grey background instead of black. After trying to change that, I resorted back to using a black color and uploaded it as such. Still has really wonderful streaks though.

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.