Check out the new Tree Crafter Web Site

Tree CrafterI created a graphic design app for the iPad last year called Tree Crafter that lets you create tree inspired organic vector art and animations. It is fun to play with and quite relaxing. Also you can create great designs for web graphics or for merchandise with relative ease.

Recently I built a new web site for this app: http://treecrafter.com

If you have an iPad you should give it a go and let me know what you think. I am very keen to get it reviewed, so if you are an app reviewer, I can give you a promo code if you would like to write about it.

Calculating Engine Accepted at Maker Faire

Maker FaireI received the good news that my Relay Calculating Engine has been accepted for showing at the Maker Faire in San Francisco in May. I’m looking forward to taking it down there and showing it to interested people.

Make Magazine also interviewed me about this project and plan to feature the work too. I’m excited to see what they write about it.

My main concern is to finish it and get it all working in time for May. This should not be a problem since I currently have the luxury to be able to work full time on the project and at present, I am about 90% complete.

I hope that you can come along and check it out. I will also be showing some of the other projects on which I have been working. I’ll also be attending the Seattle Mini Maker Faire, but not showing anything off there.

Developments in Fractal Art

Fractal Art

Recently, I was looking through the art web site of Sven Geier. He has a lot of fractal images that he has been creating since 2001. Many of the images are quite beautiful, particularly the recent ones if you scroll down to 2011.

What is interesting though is to see the progression as the power of home computers has increased over the last decade. Fractal art around 2001 was mostly 2D with bold colors, lower resolutions, and fairly raw in that the images come with little post processing. They tend to make use of complex number sequence sets such as Mandelbrot with familiar fractal spirals. Then around 2003 the fractal flame algorithm really became popular Continue reading

Flesh Love

Flesh LoveDesignBoom.com has some great posts about art and design. At the moment I particularly like Horst Kiechle’s torso with removable body organs completely made out of paper and looking like a computer graphics rendering. I am also a big fan of Tokyo photographer Hal’s Flesh Love series of photographs of vacuum sealed couples. It would be interesting to watch the artist in the process of taking these photos. Due to the fact that the couples are vacuum sealed in plastic, they have to hold their breath during the shoot, which obviously can only be for a Continue reading