Blog posts tagged “Art”

TV cheat sheet: a design exercise
July 5, 2010

After some recent back-and-forth with Comcast, I upgraded my TV subscription and with it came a raft of new channels with numbers far higher than I ever imagined as a kid. I don't watch TV a lot but I watch it enough to know my favorite channels but with these new options, I needed a cheat sheet. During a recent visit with my parents, my father presented me with a cheat sheet of his own and inspired me to take up the challenge myself.

Designing Obama arrives
June 23, 2010

Arriving home from a long vacation is usually met with bills, messages, and piles of emails but this time, an extra surprise was waiting: my copy of Designing Obama.

Time-lapse video of Iceland volcano
May 15, 2010

Stunning time-lapse imagery of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland.

Mandelbrot fractal art competition exhibitions
May 4, 2010

Anyone going to be in San Sebastián, Bilbao, Buenos Aires, or Hyderabad? If you are and enjoy fractal art, take some time to check out the exhibit of 2009 Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Competition winners—including a piece from me.

Personas: What do you look like online?
August 18, 2009

Personas, an online component of an exibit at the MIT Museum, shows you how the Internet sees you by scanning the web and categorizing you with predefined labels. It's a fun experiment, but needs some tweaking to keep people engaged.

Fractals for any date
October 26, 2008

Fall's here and that means it's time for calendars. This year is a little different. Along with a brand new calendar, I've updated all my old calendars to work with any year. Now you can get any calendar at any time.

Polly want a fractal?
May 20, 2008

I thought I'd try something different with one of my latest fractals, Old Polly. In addition to trying out a new type of design, I made a movie of how it was made. This was more of an experiment than anything but I thought others might be interested in seeing the process I go through.

May 13, 2008

Cubescape, the latest experiment by Cameron Adams is a fun and fascinating art project that allows people to create sculptures out of cubes. Considering my own obsession with cubes, I instantly fell in love with it and made a Level 2 Menger Sponge. Not only is it great fun to build with cubes and see what others build, but he turned it into a social experience by tracking popular sculptures with titles, credits, and animations of each being built.

Fractal art tips: unassuming formulas
April 13, 2008

Fractal art isn't easy but it is great fun. During the last seven years, I've discovered many useful techniques for creating it and it's high time I start sharing them. The most common question I get asked after "What are fractals?" is "How do you do that?" Hopefully I can start sheding some light on that.

Valencia, Spain fractal exhibits
February 2, 2007

Is anyone going to be in Valencia, Spain between now and mid March? The City of the Arts and the Sciences is hosting two fractal exhibits. I'm pleased to say that three of my images are being shown but that aside, there are some truly amazing pieces on display.

Mengermania, round two
January 11, 2007

Almost four years ago, I completed a large origami project over the course of seven months that comprised 66,000 units and resulted in a very intricate cube-like structure based on a fractal called a Menger sponge. I've decided to begin again, but this time with a much larger goal in mind.

Exposé 3 arrives
May 12, 2005

After a long wait, Exposé 3, the industry's finest art book around has been unveiled featuring fantastic art once again. Each of the books in this series continues to amaze me and this one is no exception.

Anatomy of Sanctuary
April 16, 2005

I had a fun time analyzing and documenting how I made Confidence in my previous article so I figured I'd do it again but this time with Sanctuary.

Anatomy of Confidence
March 27, 2005

I'm not trying to toot my own horn here but I'm often asked how I'm able to create fractals the way I do. There is never an easy explanation—especially since the answer can often get technical very quickly and few people even know what a fractal is let alone the program that I use to make them. This is an attempt at trying to explain how I created my Confidence fractal.

Color me Textured
March 17, 2005

When I became interested in fractal art and started researching it, I found plenty to keep me occupied for quite a while. What grabbed my attention and has yet to let it go is the level of detail the fractal artists put into their work and how "real" it made their images look. That's what intially drew me to this form of art and I wanted to do it too. What's possible still amazes me but now I've developed my own methods of detailing my work.

Fractal Philosophizing
January 7, 2005

If you asked the person sitting next to you what fractal art was, there's a fairly good chance that they would cock their head to one side and look at you quizzically. It is this response with which I am greeted when I answer the often-asked question of the hobbies I enjoy.

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