Generative Print: Every Frame a Plot

1 of 1 of Frames

I got the idea staring at my tattoo one day. I have a thing for gallery walls and used a space-diving algorithm to calculate the layout for each frame and a nesting shapes algorithm to determine the appearance.

This Month’s Stamp

From the USPS website:

Featuring bright colors and interesting shapes, the stamp design is a perplexing puzzle that will tie your brain in knots. This visual riddle spells out a difficult-to-discern message. Each colorful square contains a letter in an interesting pattern. The patterns, though seemingly random, were carefully placed so that when put all together, the message reads, “More Than Meets the Eye!”

Generative Print Archive:

Elsewhere…

Back 2 School

I’m taking more classes! As I toy with the idea of graduate school, I’ve found that taking more classes can both create dedicated time for me to learn and dip my toes back in sitting in class. I’m taking:

The former will help me as I begin to expand my practice into Zines. With the latter, I’m hoping to pick up some new tips and tricks that I can directly apply to Pen Plots in the future.

click to tweet updates

So one thing that’s been bugging me about @goodgraphicsxyz is how at times it’s not very random. It seemed like the same graphics were being repeated over and over again with the same color schemes. This might be because the randomness in computers isn’t really “random” or maybe there’s something else going on. Either way, I added an update that bars a graphic from being repeated if it was used within the last X instances. Seems to be working better as far as I can tell. Elsewhere, the spam still continues:

Hoping that for now it’ll at least be more diverse and interesting spam.

Can Data Die?

“Why one of the Internet’s oldest images lives on without its subject’s consent”. Great mix of data viz and storytelling from The Pudding.

y'all see the preview image from the last newsletter?

🚨 And Another Thing... 🚨

No more newsletters for the rest of the month. I have a lot going on with these classes and other artistic interests and I want to clear my plate and create space for them. I’m super excited for next month’s print already and the newsletters I have planned to end the year. I really think you’ll like them.

-mello

P.S. - The name of the print is a reference to the forever iconic Every Frame a Painting series.