Cool examples of generative art
August 7, 2015 5:50 PM   Subscribe

I'm teaching an Intro to Programming course to first year design students. I'd like to show them examples of cool art and design projects with a strong programmy feel: interactive, algorithmic, data driven, mapping, etc., to get them excited about learning to program.

The class is half Processing / half Python, but the examples could be in any language or platform. It could be graphics, video, interactive stuff, audio, whatever.
I'd also appreciate up to date examples, hopefully something from 2012 onwards or so.
I'm aware that there's a bunch of directories and galleries of this kind of thing, I'm asking for help curating them: what do you think the stand out examples are?
posted by signal to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I just bookmarked this site yesterday. It has a bunch of experimental webgl projects. Some are more arty than others.
posted by lollusc at 6:06 PM on August 7, 2015 [1 favorite]

the processing lead guy's work is pretty nice. you might show them this video.

(it's a bit "too much like it was done with processing", but i guess in his case it's excusable).
posted by andrewcooke at 6:14 PM on August 7, 2015

I'm not 100% sure this is what you're looking for, but I find the Wind Map hypnotic. It's a dynamic visualization of data from the National Digital Forecast Database.
posted by ryanshepard at 6:19 PM on August 7, 2015 [4 favorites]

I know two people who are absolutely amazing at this: Micah Scott ( and Bruce Shapiro.

Off the top of my head: Micah made Zen Photon Garden (, as well as a bunch of stuff with her Fadecandy boards, and Bruce made Sisyphus, a CNC-ish sand table (
posted by adamwolf at 7:21 PM on August 7, 2015 (background here)
Also Creative Applications, which is wide-ranging, but includes generative art.
posted by O9scar at 7:58 PM on August 7, 2015

posted by phoenixy at 8:23 PM on August 7, 2015

Bees and Bombs, neat animated GIFs made with Mathematica.
posted by wanderingmind at 12:37 AM on August 8, 2015

Mike Bostock Does amazing things with data visualization. He used to be with the New York Times but has left to focus on d3.js, the JavaScript library he started.
posted by maggiemaggie at 9:03 AM on August 8, 2015

Google's DeepDream code is open-source and available for Python, and can make some really really impressive images.
posted by Nomiconic at 9:03 AM on August 8, 2015

Keith Peters did a series of about 40 videos called Coding Math and there are lots of great examples there and resources in his blog.
posted by jeremias at 11:52 AM on August 8, 2015

Adam Ferriss

Andrew Benson
posted by univac at 2:49 PM on August 8, 2015

Joshua Davis
posted by juv3nal at 3:21 PM on August 8, 2015

Dave Bollinger has some really neat ones (might have to dig back in the archives a bit). Mostly made in Processing, I think.
posted by neckro23 at 4:00 PM on August 8, 2015

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