-Ideas and Research:
The main idea that I always come back to is how computer automation can produce random results. In other words, completely automated images, data, words, etc. I love the idea of influencing art with mathematical formulas, and creating a grab bag full of results. I then wanted to explore how I can use this data automation to create an inspirational tool for designers and artists...a page they can go to and with every refresh get totally random and new ideas than the time before.
After doing research on the topic of automation and the internet, I came across what is called an API, or Application Programming Interface. An API is, in general, a programmed interface which reacts to the information that is entered into it's database, or pool. On the web, most of these interfaces are can be seen as the website's design. For example, Flickr.com uses an API to present a database of photo's in a regulated way.
So, how does this API come into play? Well, it seems that certain websites (Flickr, Digg, GoogleMaps, to name a few) offer their API database publicly for software testing. By offering their information publicly, I have an open door to all of the information that these websites include. Now all I need to access the information is a "key" to the "room full of information."
So what is the key? The key is a program called Flashr. Flashr is a Flash based actionscript that dives into these API database's and retrieves information, and then takes this information and presents it visually. It sounds like a lot of words here, so let me give you some examples:
More on Flashr:
API Entry on Wikipedia:
What I will be doing is creating a website which uses the Flashr script to produce random and inspirational results. I will be combining photos (Flickr.com), sounds (Last.fm), and news headlines (digg.com) to produce a wide range of ideas and thought visually on a web page.