Sometimes the most abstract of ideas can be beautiful, but when you’re developing code there’s no one to appreciate it but yourself. Take for example the project I’m working on at the moment; it’s a collection of edutainment modules, collected together in a virtual world. I spent a full week coding the framework without seeing any graphics or text on the screen at all. That’s pretty hardcore for flash development. The system manages audio, graphics, animations and user progress through the world etc.
At the point before I started incorporating the graphics, when it was just a skeleton, it was beautiful, because of its abstract complexity.
I am designing a system like this that has a direct sonic output which describes the system that creates it; improving the odds of other people appreciating it.
If you’re interested in the inspiration: < these are the abstract artists I am watching, and < these are the artists I am listening to. Their work captures the fascinating complexity of modern technology – but abstracted to the essences.
Many timeless pieces of art have sought to capture the essence of beautiful things, and so that is what I aim to do!