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Archive for December, 2008

Algorithmic Brushing

Using only information in the image, is it possible to algorithmically choose angles for brush strokes? I started fooling around with this idea back in 1988, and have been resurrecting it off and on over the years – this version runs in Processing.

Get the source here.

Strange Things Around the Eyes

Strange Things Around the EyesThis has always been the problem with this approach – no attention to the anatomical details. I wonder if facial-recognition data could be used to scale the strokes around and on the eyes to preserve some detail?

More Facial Distortion

More Facial DistortionI like the treatment of the ceiling in this one, but the distortion of the facial features is disturbing again.

Sleeping Dog, Window

Sleeping Dog, WindowSwung the laptop towards the window and caught Kai sleeping. Stroke direction on Kai just happens to coincide with fur.

Un-natural Directional Choices

Un-natural Directional ChoicesVertical strokes on the hand? Feels like those should follow the vectors of the fingers…. Might try reducing image to a few colors, creating a polygonal representation, and then use a vector field (seeded with the lines from the polygons) to determine brush angles.

Self Portrait – Eyes Closed

Self Portrait - Eyes ClosedLooking for good angular distinctions between areas of similar brightness but different hues.

Monochrome Brushing

Monochrome BrushingIgnoring the color information to see the angular details more clearly.

(added 3.jan.09)
Interesting to note what kind of traffic you get from posting to the Exhibition section on processing.org:
Traffic on blog after posting to processing.org
I posted to processing.org on Christmas day (25.dec.08) and then get an almost perfect decay curve in blog traffic.

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I am making a card (yes, it’s late), using the laser-cutter of course, and stepped away from the computer for a moment. When I sat back down I had a sudden appreciation for the composition of this random moment in Illustrator.

Work in Progress - Holiday Card

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Solar-powered Graffiti

It’s a very simple idea: render your graffiti element in wire or cardboard, then use the sun to “tag” a building or wall and a camera to record it.

solar powered graffiti
solar powered graffiti
solar powered graffiti
solar powered graffiti
solar powered graffiti
solar powered graffiti
solar powered graffiti

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On Leaving Adobe

When you leave a big company, you have a unique opportunity to send one more message before they shut down your email account. Some folks had some kind words to say about my final email and asked if I would post it.


Dear Friends,
It has been an utter pleasure to work with you since I got here. The opportunities afforded me here at a Adobe have been the source of some of the most interesting and exciting projects I’ve worked on.

As I pack up my desk and get ready to start writing the first of the Tinkering School books, fleeting panics ebb and flow as I come to grips with all the nascent projects that I have discussed with people – all those good ideas that I won’t get to participate in building… I look forward to seeing where things at Adobe go from here.

So, I leave you with four good ideas:

#1 – Play!
The more we take ourselves seriously, the less good our work becomes. There is no better place to try a risky idea, than here, nestled in the arms of a really good, solid company. If your next proposal doesn’t shock 15% of the people you present it to, then it’s not crazy enough.

#2 – Defer Judgment!
I first saw this on the wall at IDEO, but it’s the best advice anyone ever committed to signage in a corporate setting. It’s too easy to take pot-shots at newborn ideas. If someone is describing something to you that you just aren’t getting, say “Keep working on that” instead of saying nothing and going back to your desk to tell your friends how dumb it was. Really good ideas are sometimes buried in crap and may need help getting cleaned up.

#3 – Instead of Having a Career Path, Always Do the Most Interesting Thing You Can.
A career-path will only get you to retirement. Follow your interests obsessively, sacrifice everything, and keep doing it. Eventually it will turn into something both amazing and surprising. Along the way you will do things that you never thought you would, find yourself in places that you never imagined you would go, and in the end you will look back and say “Wow! What a fun ride that was! Can I go again?”

I guess #4 should be “don’t put advice in your goodbye mail, it will get too long and no one will read it“.

Now some contact information:
You can keep an eye on me here: http://www.twitter.com/gever
Or check out the school blog: http://www.tinkeringschool.com/blog/
Or my infrequently updated personal blog: http://gevertulley.wordpress.com/
Or get them all in one place: http://www.friendfeed.com/gever

As ever,
-gever

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