Category experiments

bowl experiment

Bowl is an attempt to modify a simple planar mesh into a more complex shape using a simple transformations. The original concept was to create a generative artichoke. The only way to do that was to first create an artichoke petal. I like the results of this so i branched off the original idea to create this shape. One of the more interesting bits of this project was the inclusion of a 3d click and drag system that allowed you to transform the shape at will. I tried to create a semi unified language, rectangles are only dragable along a single axis and circles can be dragged along 2.

To create this, I used a bunch of classes that other people created, specifically pv3dminimalcomps, and the caurina tweener.

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duo experiment

Duo is a new experiment and hopefully a new direction to my ongoing work. The inspiration for this work started off with the motions of a caterpillar but as the code evolved and the values have changed, it started to take on a new form. It was only until I added a second shape that the idea started to get more solidified. It’s named duo because the shapes are meant to be seen as a pair. They both have similar characteristics and their motions complement each other.

Technically, it’s a simple 3d primitive built in papervision whose vertices are all generated with equations.

One important thing I’d like to add is that without the opensource libraries provided by a few amazing people, this work would have never seen the light of day. So thank you pv3d for providing rich Papervision examples, thanks bit-101 for creating minimalcomps which is a way better alternative than the available standard flash components, and thanks to those that created tweener libraries for writing code I’m waay too lazy to write myself.

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shifter experiment

Shifter was an experiment that I had made a few years ago, around the time when flash 8 launched but I never got around to finishing it until recently. It’s basically a redo of the plotter code converted to AS3. You can view it here. I’m a big fan of clicking the maximize button and setting the mode to auto draw instead of cursor drawn.

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Arc Experiment

My initial experiment for the Adobe Design Center was not the feather piece, but a simple class that drew arcs dynamically in flash. I scrapped the project in favor of learning After Effects Expressions. After a few years in the back burner, I decided to finish what I started and created this experiment called arc.

View the arc experiment or view all the iterations here (One of the last things I added was a color wheel script I found on boostwoorthy’s site.).

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Tentacle experimentation

I started using papervision again after i found a posting from detailing how to create lines that don’t run into processing issues. thanks to becausejj for helping me out with multiplying transform matrixes.

View it here.