Interactive Graphics: Ink Drops

NYU Shanghai, Shanghai
December, 2017

Water has been of mysterious feature in many ways. It has been hard to predict the movement of an object
placed in the water, and even harder to predict the interaction between multiple objects on the water surface.
This final project of Nature of Code explored the notion of ink drops in an interactive context, which resembles
a drawing platform. This project had two elements: simulating the ink dropping and mixing process; and
creating an interactive interface for users to draw their own pattern. The physics and mathematics behind this
project were not too complicated to understand and calculate. However, by adjusting the color and letting
different color of ink drops to interact, this project provided the digital tools for users to create their own art
work. Human’s eyes will do the job of mixing multiple colors, hence creating a beautiful and meditating
experience of ink dropping and drawing. (p5.js)

Interactive Graphics: Evolution of Dots

NYU Shanghai, Shanghai
November, 2017

Points may be the most basic mathematical concept. However simple, it forms the basis of many complex
mathematical shapes: Two points form a line, and a line can form millions of other shapes. This midterm
project for Nature of Code explored the notion of points in an interactive context. This project had two features:
displaying the evolution of heart functions using dots; and creating pattern which user can change shape and its
auxiliary shapes using dots. The mathematical functions behind this project are not too complicated to
understand and calculate. However, by displaying more than 100 lines on the canvas and letting them move, the
effect is visually pleasing. (p5.js)

Interactive Graphics: Tilted Box

NYU Shanghai, Shanghai
October, 2017

This project had a box which contained all the particles, and users could use mouse to rotate the box. This
interaction resembled the movement of particles in an enclosed volume if shaking fiercely. (p5.js)

Interactive Graphics: Yin-Yang

NYU Shanghai, Shanghai
September, 2017

This project realized a mirrored movement – an Yin Yang effect – of two arrays. User can use the arrow keys,
left/right/up/down, to draw mirrored images on the canvas. (p5.js)

Interactive Graphics: Pixel Maze

NYU Shanghai, Shanghai
May, 2015
In Collaboration with Sijia Liu

This project is the final project for Interaction Lab, which was an extension of the midterm project, a maze
game on the laptop. In this project, a real “maze” displaying multiple maps which could be physically touched
was implemented, adding more user interaction. This real “maze” was realized using an LED Matrix. With  the
communication between Processing and Rainbowduino, the maze game was represented on an 8×8 LED matrix
and used direction bottoms in the keyboards as controller. The LED Matrix had two highlights. First, the
collision test was done by Processing as backstage instead of Rainbowduino. Second, the limited scale of
matrix can present a map of unlimited scale. (Processing, Arduino)

 (Maze Design Map)