Emily Schwartzman – Looking Outwards – Generative Forms

by ecschwar @ 11:33 am 27 February 2011

Created by Marcin Ignac


Generative Jellyfish from Marcin Ignac on Vimeo.

“Cindermedusae is a generative encyclopedia of imaginary sea creatures.” Marcin was interested in generating “organic and believable forms,” so decided to experiment with a jellyfish. The end result is quite beautiful. When I first saw the final result, I did not realize that these were generated because of the way that they were rendered to appear like scientific illustrations. This was an unexpected form to study and I was really impressed with the outcome.

A brief description of the algorithm, taken from the project website:
“The base for the whole creature is the head made out of deformed sphere. When I generate it I also output some connection points. These joints are later used as starting points to generate tentacles and hair. All that is controlled by bunch of parameters like length and number of features that can be randomized and animated over time. No predefined geometry or textures are used.”

Created with OpenGL, GLSL and Cinder. A lovely collection of process images can be found here.


Created by ToDo

Spamghetto is spam-based wallpaper that is generated from junk-mail subjects scraped from Gmail mailboxes. I like the idea of taking something that has a negative context and turning it into something beautiful. The generative forms are visually appealing on their own, and make for very interesting wallpaper. There are a number of different designs, which you can order from their website: http://www.spamghetto.com/. My one critique of this would be that the generated form is not reflective of what the content is, but I don’t think that was the intention of this project.


Nervous System

“Nervous System is a small collective founded in 2007 by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg with aim to create innovative products using physical and computer based algorithmic tools.”

I love the idea of generating functional products. As a jewelry designer, I especially appreciate the generated design approach to creating jewelry. This is a technique that I would be quite curious to explore and possibly integrate into my own designs, which have a very different feel and usually feature vintage materials.


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