Remembering maps from memory

Today, I found this awesome post on Uncertain Cartographies (via Flowing Data), and it immediately took me back to something I made when I was in college and studying fine art. So check out that link first, as this post will make more sense in relation to it, and it’s pretty fascinating anyway. Then I’ll continue my reminiscence… I used to have a framed print of a map I’d drawn on the wall at home, though when I say “print” it was ~10 bits of A4 photo paper I had carefully cut and glued together. It lasted about 6 years on the wall before the ink faded and the paper peeled and I had to take it down. And I hadn’t thought about this map again until today. Then after reading this paragraph in particular, I really wanted to find … Continue reading »

Messing with Processing and a black hole

I put together a Sketch in Processing this evening. It generates a canvas at whatever size you want, adds a black hole and a couple of thousand pixels that get sucked into the black hole with some simulated gravity. The final result is a bit like the image I had in my head when I started, so I’m happy with that. I would like it to be more awesome, but this will do for the time I have to play with right now. I quite like the scratchy ‘pixely’ quality at ‘actual’ size, but that might be my nostalgia for older games and my taste in scrappy painting. The code’s available over at http://www.openprocessing.org/sketch/119499 where you can hit the page a few times and generate variations of the image. Anyway, enough with this post as I should be doing some … Continue reading »

2 new designs for your votes: Campfire Stories and Infinite Fun.

I was feeling creative last week ¬†and entered a couple of Threadless competitions as it’s a nice outlet for visual ideas. The designs are now live, so your (high-scoring) votes would be most welcome: Minimalism competition: Infinite Fun Your New Favourite Hoodie competition: Campfire Stories Infinite Fun: Campfire Stories:

Drawn: Multi-armed Bandit Experiments

I read this really interesting article on multi-armed bandit experiments the other day, and while I enjoyed the graphs and the stats, I got distracted wondering what a multi-armed bandit experiment would actually look like? So I had a go at drawing one last night.