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April 24, 2011

DIY Escher Tiles

Filed under: doodles,flash,opticks — Tags: , , , , , — Brandel Zachernuk @ 7:21 pm

This is a tiling system!  Click-and-drag on the pulsing white line to add points to it, click on the colour swatches in the panel to assign different colours to the tiles, and have fun!

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I’m a big fan of M.C. Escher’s work  - in particular the tessellations – and have always wanted to come up with a way to handle the difficult-but-mechanical task of making sure that the tiles actually match up properly.  It’s a reasonably simple problem, so while the internet was disconnected this weekend I tried to build it, and so far it seems to be working!  I’d be very interested in either animating a blend from one set of points to another, or blending over distance (like something in Escher’s Metamorphosis series.) In any case, I 1. Have had a  a great time with it and 2. thought other people would like it too.  I hope that that is the case!

Simple house tessellation

A lot of things end up looking like either fish or birds.

(and this is the icon for the page)

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