JTNGSE was a graphics editing program that was half GUI, half scripting. I originally wrote it for undergraduate friends in the UCLA design department because I was sad to hear that John Maeda's awesome Design by Numbers "did not save" or "did not support color." I also saw that Processing was wonderful, but also discouraging for my peers to learn (at that time, they considered it too complicated). Basically, everyone seems to need something that integrates in a very obvious way with their software packages. This lack of easy integration is what my friends claim is holding them back from beginning to learn this sort of process. JTNGSE was one attempt. Since that time, I have come to believe that the problem is a bit more complex.

Special Thanks to Debrah Isaac for using it in her senior project, Gabe Dunne for testing.

QuickVector Xtra

QuickVector is an Asset Xtra (plugin) for Macromedia Director. It creates a new kind of sprite which draws lines, curves, polygons, and more in different colors using Lingo code - extremely fast. This Xtra was written for Tangible Typography, a UCLA Design | Media Arts class taught by Jennifer Steinkamp and Gail Swanlund, in which students are instructed to control typography in complex interactive ways. As the TA, I was dissatisfied with the default "vector" object - as it was not fast enough to give realtime control to the vertices of everyday vector art. Consequentially, the plugin also provides an easy way to implement a simple paint program, providing many "shape drawing" functions that are traditionally forged using unexpected Director work-around techniques. Pelina.net has used Quickvector in past projects. QuickVector was used by Prof. Christian Moeller and TA Fabian Winkler to teach UCLA Design | Media Arts course 157A Interactive Media. Quickvector is not available for download at this time.

Textension: Word Processor Variations

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Textension was a collection of 10 interactive experiments in making creative variations of word processing applications. It was my response as an artist to the way programmers always use the typewriter metaphor when they are creating a typesetting application. Textension combines the metaphor of the typewriter with that of other things in the physical world - in the below picture, it is the act of blowing soap bubbles.