GDV P.2.3.6 Drawing with complex modules | Part 2

In part 2 of this exercise I would like to introduce my own modules. I have added more images to the Flickr summary page. Just scroll down to the bottom. To begin with it I thought it would be sensible to make a first check if the original program is running in JavaScript. I am afraid that I have to answer this question negative. Safari’s Error Console says: TypeError: ‘true’ is not a function (evaluating ‘drawGrid()’’. Removed true. Then its working. Checking it step by step. Drawing and deleting modules, switch tilesets, clear screen, random tiles , debug mode. They all are working fine. Except for show grid. Maybe I find a solution later for that. Which I did not find (I can tell you now). Switched back to Java mode. Changed everything in the program as it was in Part 1. I am not sure why smooth and colorMode is repeated in the draw block. Uncomment it and everything seems to work fine. Changed the global variable names and started with changing the A modules set. Opened the original svg-files in Adobe Illustrator and replaced them with my own images. I started with simple dots. I also incorporated the DrawMap function of the previous exercise. I renamed it to DrawImage. Because that’s a more generic name. But during that change I got the idea to make 10 different images with different modules. In the previous session I used a map of the Netherlands. So it seems a good idea to make 10 different images of The Netherlands.

As you might have noticed I am linking to the Flickr summary pages. It seems of no use to me to link to the loftmatic website because the JavaScript version does not work. I tried it but I could not find a way to make it work. And I do not want to spend much time on that. Anyway… I changed the B modules. Added black as a color because I think I might need it later. And while I was working on the image I thought… hmmm… these maps are all getting the same. It does not make much difference when you change the modules for the total image. So I thought about changing that maps-idea. In 2009 we were invited to make a contribution in an exhibition of London’s text gallery. It was an exhibition of design, typography and illustration inspired by forgotten words. 47 Participants had been chosen from among the dictionary’s lost but lovely words, with an open brief to create an original work inspired by their choice.

This was our contribution. It has nothing to do with Processing. We used Apple Motion, Final Cut Pro, Logic and NewTek’s LightWave. There was no code involved,

So in addition to that I changed my original idea of maps into lost words. I first had to check how many characters I could display in 800 x 800 pixels. Beside of that I have to make sure that these small modules can be seen. From Part 1 of this exercise I know that I can display at least 8 characters. But I will first check that. I have chosen the word aquabib (water-drinker). Found this on ‘The Phrontistery’ website.

Boreism (behaviour of a boring person). Just to get the discussion going I have chosen these words because of their length and how interesting they looked to me.

Citharize (to play the harp). Here I joined the A and B modules. I used the random key function for a while but it did not give me the results I would like to have. Sometimes that might be better but in this case it was not.

Defedate (to pollute). Made the A and B modules 10 pixels. And introduced some color (cyan and red).

Ejurate (to renounce). Made an inverse blue version with module A and B.

Foppotee (simpleton). Added module C. A double line. Did not have to be very accurate because I am going to use it on a very small-scale.

Gelicide (a frost). Added modules D.

Did not like the character spacing. I decreased it because it gave me more space to make the type bigger. But it did not work out. So I increased it again. Hiulcity (an opening or cleft).

I think I have enough modules changed. I am now finishing the last lost word ‘ictuate’ which means to emphasize; to put metrical stress on. As in ‘She preferred free verse over carefully-ictuated classical poetic styles.’

And this was the last exercise in the ‘P.2 Shape’ chapter of the Generative Design book. I learned a lot of new things and was able to make different images. It has expanded my toolbox. Let’s see what ‘P.3 Type’ brings us.

Henk Lamers


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