Category Archives: interaction design

Rolex Learning Center, by SANAA

One of my favorite aspects of the Rolex Learning Center, designed by architecture firm SANAA, is that it shows a strong combination of aesthetics, function at work geared towards learning within a social and active environment.

SANAA, headed by Japanese duo of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, seem to have crafted aesthetics using social interaction, individual relationship with the building and organic human movements.

To sum it up, the design of the building encourages:

  • peer-to-peer interaction to ease a dynamic social learning environment
  • student comfort within a space they are likely to spend large amounts of time in
  • and both acknowledges and influences human’s nonlinear navigation of space.

SANAA has recently won the Pritzker Prize, awarded to living architects whose abilities and execution have much contributed to humanity and the built environment through architecture.

via Designcollector

“Mycelium”, by Ryan Alexander

From artist’s project page:

Hyphae grow into the lighter areas of the image while avoiding their own trails. Branching and growth speed are also functions of the available food (brightness) in the image.

There are variations to this on Ryan Alexander’s flickr. Such variations include making the lines text threads and pieces that are apparently inverted versions of these (the fungus feeding off of black instead of white). His portfolio {here} has some interesting pieces, though most seem like experiments compared to this piece, which is quite stunning.

I always enjoy when complex and elaborate compositions emerge from simple behaviors.

Ars Electronica, Aaron Koblin & Aaron Meyers

Intriguing organic particles. I am guessing the project was made with Processing, as a lot of Koblin’s work in this style is.

From Aaron Koblin‘s website,

Software created … for a perfomance with the Brucknerhaus Orchestra at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria 2008. Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russel Davies.

Sample footage with music from Dopplereffekt – “Hyperelliptic Surfaces.” Photos at Ars Electronica by Julian Bleeker.


Developed by Robert Hodgin (flight404), of the barbarian group, as an iTunes visualizer. Made with Processing.

It amazes me how far Robert keeps pushing processing, physics, and dynamic aesthetics.