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Optical Illusions

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.

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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.

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Feeling inspired, I decided to code my own op-arts.

I divided them to 3 groups:

  • animated ones:


wavespiralblack spiral shock palindrome gif2 gif circles2 gif33

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LINK TO GIFS

  • static ones:

dots_linescircles_b_w

triangle spiral_snail

  • colorful

 

rainbooowrainbow3reddy

rainbow2

spiralrainbow

 

A Time Lapse screencast tool

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 AppprosconsTime Lapse
JingNice 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
LiceCapdoes GIFs well, super simple only gifs no
ScreenFlickshows 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
SnapzProX2many options, b&w filter, user can pick how many frames per second after the recordinghard to stop the recordingyes

Screenflick MovieScreenFlick’s gif:

via GIPHY

Screenflick MovieWe weren’t fully satisfied using any of these apps.

our feature set:

  • make an mp4 file to instagram’s specs: 640×640, mp4, h264, not sure
  • show recording box and grey out areas outside of the box
  • emails you when you’re done
  • record as long as they want, then trim if its over, or speed it up
  • still to consider: how many FPS to record? 24 vs 2

nice to have:

  • add filter
  • make gif
  • pause mid recording, if you need to do something you dont want to record
  • post to giphy
  • post to FB
  • post YT
  • play it backwards, or ping pong
  • option to show mouse or not