10 Dots is a place for exploration of ideas using computer
graphics. After 30+ years of software programming and 14 years of that teaching at university,
I've developed an interest in the influence of computers and automation
on how people learn and our perceptions of art. If
you have suggestions, please contact
Can one basic shape and some rules make an interesting image? The animation shows one square at a time
is drawn with a random color. There are a few rules for turning the square left or right. Then,
let the computer repeat itself. The 3 images below are generated by using different rules
for turning different shapes.
The basic shape here is a diagonal line drawn in each box. The direction of the diagonal is
randomly chosen, then, a color is randomly selected to fill in half of the box.
The same basic diagonal is randomly chosen, but, without a filled shape. Instead, the line widths
and colors are randomly selected.
Diagonal lines of random length and direction are let loose to generate a creeping
Straight lines can provide a visual impression of curved surfaces when drawn in a sequential
Lines here are drawn continuously, i.e. the end of one line is the beginning of the