Officially entering the world of coding! Feeling nervous yet excited. I’ll probably be talking in code in my sleep pretty soon after working intensively over the course of this semester.
But I am feeling hopeful because I can finally start making things that I always wanted but didn’t have the means to. So for starter, also as part of the week 1 assignment, I created a simple self-portrait using code only in p5.js editor. So here’s my nerdy smiley face:
It was very hard to get the position of each element right the first time; I had to test different numbers before getting it right, but gradually I would realize the pattern. This trial-and-error process will be my constant companion in future projects.
So as a newbie to the computing/coding/computer programming world ( sorry to sidetrack here, but I always get confused about these terms: are they interchangeable? do they mean the same thing? ), I am still discovering and continuously being amazed at what computation can do—the possibility seems endless! But whatever the possibility would be, in my opinion, it ultimately revolve around one core purpose—to interact. As a deviant from the fields of architecture and a designer, I want to design and create interactions between people and physical space that can positively influence experience, behavior and relationships.
Here’s an interactive project that I really like. It’s an interactive digital wall designed by Büro Achter April , a design studio based in Stuttgart, Germany:
It’s hard for me to imagine the nitty-gritty computing process behind this project; it still seems so far from reach to me. Maybe one day I’ll figure out…or perhaps just part of it. But looking at projects like this makes me see opportunity—opportunity to imagine, and to turn imagination into reality.
Lately I’ve been jotting down ideas that I have and things I wanted to create, but to prevent me from dragging on in this post, I’ll share them in other posts. Not sure if I’ll end up making any of those or if it’s possible to make any of those…but nothing is impossible, right?