Tau Tau
2019

Path Generator

What is a Path Generator?

It is a series of experimentations with generative graphics. I made a script that generates a random, wandering path. Because of its wandering nature, the shapes sometimes resemble organic formations.

Round 01

The initial parameters I set were simple. The path was allowed to move up, down, left, or right. A different colour was applied to each direction the path moved in.

Random Path Genearator

Random Path Genearator

Random Path Genearator

Random Path Genearator

Round 02

Next, I increased the number of steps in the path, which had a big impact on the way it looked. It started to resemble a city structure or a complex protein.

Random Path Genearator

Random Path Genearator

Random Path Genearator

Random Path Genearator

Round 03

I started including diagonal directions. I also changed to colour scheme to one more typical of a map, which made it feel like a diagram of a forest viewed from above.

Random Path Genearator

Random Path Genearator

Random Path Genearator

Round 04

One of my key takeaways from this project was the impact of scale. At a smaller scale the structures that govern the image become apparent. At a larger scale the structures are less visible, and our brains try to make make sense of the output. We begin to see things in them.

Random Path Genearator

Random Path Genearator

Random Path Genearator

Round 05

Finally, I added nodes between each of the path’s steps, making the structure look more connected.

Random Path Genearator

Random Path Genearator

Random Path Genearator

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