November 16, 2014
by Sally Kong
Imagine an element that follows two simple rules.
- It moves in a straight line
- When it touches another element, it draws a line that connects their centers
Now, see what happens when you have hundreds of these in a closed space.
What emerges is quite unexpected and even mindblowingly beautiful.
Casey Reas defined this procedure of creating a system of elements and seeing what emerges as a Process in a conference at The Center for Design and Geopolitics. After wathcing a video of that talk, I was inspired to try it myself and share it with the WiCS girls too. I really liked how this program was very visual so I thought this would be a good introduction to programming and object oriented design too.
We got some squagels and salad from Cosi and I led a workshop on Processing to some WiCS girls and other residents in Kings Court English House. Some of them didn’t have any prior programming background but they seemed to enjoy the workshop especially since little mistakes led to other beautiful graphics and an inspiration:
I really enjoy coding with Processing and I had fun leading a workshop on it. Maybe others would also have a new hobby now of coding some neat graphics too. Haha 🙂