My introduction to the World of Processing; Processing is part of the first unit for the second year – Digital Media Design (BA) at Bournemouth University. Processing is an open source programming language, developed by Ben Fry and Casey Reas, it can be used to create complex graphics, animations and interactive applications.

In exploration of the Iterative Design process, we will be using Processing to create a piece of ‘Interactive Information Graphics for a shared public space’.

In the first Processing workshop we learn’t about the basic rules of Processing: changing the canvas size, adding shapes, adding colour and then making all these items interact with each other in new and exciting ways.

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In addition to the workshop, In my own time I went onto
which is a great website by Daniel Shiffman to learn about Processing and the basic rules of Processing.

“This sequence of tutorials was produced by the Processing Foundation as a part of the Hour of Code™, a nationwide initiative by to introduce students to computer programming. The program launched during Computer Science Education Week, 9-15 December 2013 with the goal of giving millions of students the opportunity to explore coding as a way of thinking and making.”

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What I thoroughly enjoyed throughout learning about these basic functions of Processing was the idea of adding physics to shapes through code, making different shapes duplicate, interact with one another, track the navigation of a mouse and just generally interacting through a space to create artistic coded imagery.


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