i loved the conditional design workshop, the concept was really simple and of course it creates different results each time you start, which was really great. but of course i've always got on better with pen and paper so trying to apply the concept into coding and programming was tricky.
being reintroduced to what we touched on during units 1 & 2 with sion was great as i desperately needed the recap. after the first day of experimenting with brushes etc, i got frustrated because i didn't understand the purpose of having to learn all these rules and processes just to get a circle to appear on a screen. jaap explained to me that obviously we're just at the beginning and so i understand it's hard to see the endgame right now, but he said that as designers it was good not to be restricted by preset programmes like photoshop etc, and so to be able to code and programme your own art and communication is a great skill to have.
this for me, was my toughest coding challenge yet. it took me so long to work out how to recreate the image i'd found, not least because i had made the very silly mistake of thinking my 0,0 grid point was in the bottom left of my sketch, much like the graphs i was used to in maths all those years ago... however once i'd finally realised that it was in fact the top left of my sketch it was then a trial and error to draw all the lines at the right angles. i was very chuffed with myself to get it all done.
once that had been achieved and i'd given myself a breather, i revisited the sketch and edited the code not only to move, but also to have a reaction when the mouse was clicked and when the keyboard was pressed. that for me was also a massive achievement and even though on paper it's not a very substantial piece of code, to me it was a winner!
our other tasks i powered through and managed to get some results. the website we were told to have a look at and edit some code from was incredible. the amount of examples that were really great pieces of design were fantastic and really inspiring, but also really daunting. it was like standing in the louvre looking at the mona lisa and then looking at your sketchbook with a drawing of a little stick man in it.
so after three Fridays with jaap and sion i can safely say that i can see the use of being able to use this skill to develop my own designs but it does not come naturally to me and i'd have to really work at it to be able to get to a point where i think my contributions would be at all useful to anyone including myself. however, i will not turn my back on it completely, and i'm open to the idea of collaborating with someone one day who gets on with coding much more than i do!