Usage: Click ‘random’ to get a new face, and if you want to control the parameters yourself, you can open the panel and change the settings. Click the save button to get a screenshot.
Update: If you like a face you can copy a face preset to the clipboard and paste it as a comment!
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After BERG produced Schooloscope, I was really intrigued by the idea of Chernoff faces – the idea that because you can read a lot of subtlety in facial expressions, those expressions effectively encode a lot of data. I think that it would apply to other images we have a lot of exposure to as well – human outlines, road signs, cars. One thing I like about this smiley-face setting is that almost any output is cute. Another thing I noticed while making this was how much fun the animation between one state to another is. I’d like to explore that further by animating different speeds and visual / audio rhythms to encode things.
In the meantime, this is a smiley maker. I think it would be a lot of fun to set up a system where people can submit presets and name them, and view a gallery of all of the faces so far. What do you think it should do? Let me know!