Random design #32

Stochastic embedding! This image originated in a study of attractive forces exerted by springs. We may not know what attract these atoms to each other, we now know who they bind with and how they interact with each other.

For poets and scientists, from Shakespeare to Einstein, the laws of attraction continue to be a fascinating mystery to explore. It makes for an elegant firework bouquet too!

Thanks  Tom Schaefer & Loren van der Maaten for your inspiring script.



Random design #31

The laws of attraction.

This time the spheres organize themselves according to a precise set of rules following a very complex pattern designed by Henry Jacqz.  Size, color change according to their proximity to each other.

The random element in this?  Freeze-frame the progression as it evolves to enjoy the choreography. It could have been at the beginning, or near the end. Actually, each step is as colorful and inspiring as the other! An interesting meditation on determinism and free-will


Random design #30

Random curves & random spheres in a frame!

No explanation, no rational, no purpose. Just bubbles in a box changing size and color. Perfect random design for the warm summer months! Simplicity leads to creativity too. Thanks for the script Ajayys,



Random design #29

Is infinity random?

No one came back from it yet to tell us but mathematician Kolakoski gave us a way to get there,  a self-generating prototype for infinite families of related sequences.

That’s what it could look like visually, thanks to Kelley van Evert script. Kind of like a Mayan Calendar on the altar of a Yucatan pyramid maybe?


Random design #28

Fractal – the opposite of random you would think.

Branches and seeds are evolving randomly from 1 to 300 in Seth Pipho’s very simple but elegant fractal script. The hardest part of my task this week was to choose which tree was looking best – they all did!


Random design #27

What’s more random than a Rorschach test?

That’s what I explored this week, thanks to Paul Stuffa original code design. But I didn’t stop there, I took the results to a friendly AI using a convolutional neural network to analyze images. What surprised me most is that the result is one of the least recombined images the AI ever sent me back – and I’ve tried many before with other subjects.

Is my friendly computer-vision AI Rorschach’s shy? If it only it could talk – I’m sure I would have an interesting computer personality profile too!



Random design #26

Watercolor, the most random medium in visual art!

What are the chances of the same blob of color landing at the exact same place with the same hue intensity? 1 in a 10,000,000 Maybe?

Ryan Paul‘s script after a draft by Mike Bostock let you decide the size of your canvas, how many colors you want and randomly decides what goes where.

Maybe not what he had in mind – but watercolor is definitely the signature pattern coming out of it! Interestingly, FloodFill is the name of the script.  More like a mountainscape to me – but why not!

One of the simplest and most effective demonstrations of random in science & art. Elegant too, a colorist dream come true!


Random design #25

The case of the random Lissajous.

A Lissajous curve is a parametric sinusoid that has application in physics and astronomy – and in art too! Max Ernst studied it, Hitchcock was intrigued by it (Vertigo).

And now, thanks to a script by Jacob Rus, I took it in this hypnotic pseudo-gothic setting. Curves also make for an intriguing new alphabet grid. It will be for linguists and archeologists to decide.


Random design #24

Finally, a rational way to organize artwork on a wall!

This display is a recap of all the images I did for this project since Jan. 1st. A pose from my stochastic art project schedule? Not at all! Random is the positioning of the images, elegant is the display – no matter how you tweak it!

With Grant Custer‘s clever script, all you have to do is set up the numbers of works and the space between works. Then the code takes over and rearranges the setup – randomly.

Randomness to the rescue of museum curators and galleries managers? Every home should have one too!


Random design #23. The de Jong Attractor

Strange Attractors are mathematical systems that tend to evolve over time. When drawn with a random set of parameters, the odds of someone else picking the same parameters or getting the same image is 1 in 2^128.

I saved this one so we can compare!