For my midterm, I decided to make a webcam gif creator. Turned out to be lots of fun.
For my final project, I decided to explore the topic of Op art and an optical illusion. I wanted to find out, if we can achieve similar effect, by coding art that is moving, and by coding art that is a still image, but gives the viewer the impression of movement.
Typically, Op artists used only black and white in order to produce the greatest contrast in their designs, since this contrast causes the greatest confusion for the eye, which struggles to discern which element of the composition is in the foreground and which in the background.
But color was also a focus of attention at times, as in Vasarely’s Plastic Alphabet series (1960-1980). The ways in which color suggests space, and the ways colors contrast with one another, proved fertile areas for experiment.
Feeling inspired, I decided to code my own op-arts.
I divided them to 3 groups:
For my Design Tool Studio project, I paired up with Eve Weinberg .
We will be making a screen recorder that makes timelapse videos and then emails you a copy that is instagram-ready, so you can open the email on your phone and share.
Each of us did some research on existing apps, similar to one we want to work on.
|Existing App||pros||cons||Time Lapse|
|Jing||Nice ideas for minimal interface||bad design||no|
|Debut||lots of file formats and encoder options, centers recording on the cursor, integrated with social media – directly posts for you||no indication that the app is running, accidentally hit stop when wanted to check on the recording, UI suxxx||yes|
|LiceCap||does GIFs well, super simple||only gifs||no|
|ScreenFlick||shows the recording box. Has icon in iOS nav bar. allows you to pause. Exports to gif, YT, or QT||The time lapse didnt work, or was not idiot proof||yes|
|SnapzProX2||many options, b&w filter, user can pick how many frames per second after the recording||hard to stop the recording||yes|