Bowie Patterns

I’ve been writing programs in the Processing language that play off Jonathan Barnbrook’s album cover for David Bowie’s album The Next Day. My latest program uses elements of the Generative Design workshop I did a few weeks ago. We used different processes to glue black square onto paper. Each square has a set ratio of black to white, giving a different tonality to each square. But through using different processes to apply the black squares, each square has a different visual quality. 

The sets of square I made for the Generative Design workshop. Each set uses the same number of black squares, but the visual appearances are different. 

The sets of square I made for the Generative Design workshop. Each set uses the same number of black squares, but the visual appearances are different. 

The program I wrote analyzes the brightness of pixels in photographs of David Bowie (or anything else) and overlays the images with squares of a similar brightness or “white level”.  

This image of David Bowie translated into diagonal squares based on tonality. 

The six versions of image using six different sets of squares. Though the tonality is the same in each set, the differences in processes used to create the squares translate to differences in appearance.