Focus: Data Generated Design
The goal of this project was to use 3D design to create a photograph for the blind. Since I am already experienced at 3D design, I wanted to improve my Java skills by writing a program that could take any photograph and convert it into a photograph for the blind. The program reads the alpha value of each pixel in an image, and converts that value into the height of a corresponding rectangular prism. The result is a textured surface that can (to a degree) be understood by someone with impaired sight.
The final concept was a 3D printed photograph of a Romanesco broccoli, a plant that is truly stiking due to it's natural approximation of a fractal - something that has inspired my interest in combining data and design.