Example of a recursive loading icon, posted by /u/Caybris on Reddit.

For my final project, I’d like to create a series of recursively-generated loading icons, following multiple stylistic variations. This is in-line with an exploration of communications design variables–specifically, how color and images can be used in a moving picture to engage and hold a viewer’s attention. This is important in liminal spaces such as loading screens, where visitors to a website or video need some visual component to tell them that progress is being made. A visually-engaging loading icon, like the above, would make the interstitial space between pages seem shorter.

In doing this, I’d like to explore different illustration methods–from existing on the three-dimensional plane to using p5js physics– that can be translated efficiently to Processing.



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