December 1st, 2009


When it’s cold outside, it’s nice when the press is running because the big oven we use to cure the ink keeps the studio nice and toasty. And that’s exactly what happened today as Tom was printing these shirts for an outfit called Processing.

Fascinating and curious thing, this Processing. We could try and describe it but they’ve given a great introduction on their website:

Processing is a programming language, development environment, and online community that since 2001 has promoted software literacy within the visual arts. Initially created to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context, Processing quickly developed into a tool for creating finished professional work as well.

And what the community has done with these tools is beautiful. You’ve likely seen work built in Processing but didn’t realize it. Below, just a few examples that showcase the capabilities:

Processing Examples

From left to right:
Brendan Dawes “Cinema Redux
Aaron Koblin’s “Flight Patterns
R.E.M.’s “Animal” video by Motion Theory

Aside from the these examples, the software is also used in things from middle school math education to undergraduate programming courses. To get a better understanding of the technology and possibilities, check out the Exhibitions section on their site. For more technical goodness, this interview with Ben Frys and Casey Reas provides insight to the history and future of programming environment.

One last bit of fun before we pimp the shirts; back in 2008 the first release of Processing 1.0 was introduced to the world right across the field from our studio here in Oxford, Ohio! Pretty neato.

Now the shirts! There are two different designs available, and profits will help fund future development of Processing.

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