Art and Design

My research is about applications of computer science and mathematics to the world of art and design. Sometimes I apply that interest directly in my own projects. The objects I create tend to use a fair amount of mathematics and programming. But in the work on this page I began with the goal in mind and developed the tools I need to achieve it, instead of doing the research first and then seeing what results I could create from it.

Tilted Espresso Cup (2018) - Here’s the second of two new espresso cups (read about the other one). The concept is simple: slice through the bottom of the cup and the handle at an angle, so that the cup looks like it’s sinking into the table. I think I can say with some confidence that …
Moka Pot Espresso Cup (2018) - During the holidays at the end of 2017, I had a bit of time to return to my occasional hobby of 3D printing. I figured I would design a couple of new espresso cups. I always seem to come back to 3D printed porcelain cups. I suppose it’s a nice …
Interwoven Islamic geometric patterns (2017) - Anybody who has attended a Bridges conference in past ten years will be familiar with the work of Rinus Roelofs. His talks always offer an entertaining contrast: stunning and inspiring ideas in the intersection of geometry and art, balanced with his humble, low-key delivery. It was also Rinus who suggested …
Arctic Monkeys Simulator (2017) - This term, I’m once again teaching CS 106, a second-level introductory programming course with a focus on art and data visualization. The course is taught using Processing, which provides a fun and accessible (though flawed) environment for art-focused novice programmers. The most recent lecture¬†includes a discussion on drawing graphs, and …
Woven book polyhedra (2016) - Earlier this year, at a local coffee shop, I noticed a flyer on the wall with a call for artist submissions for an upcoming show in Halton Hills. The topic of the show was Altered Books. I had never experimented with the artform of altered books before, though I had …
Hypocycloid juggling patterns (2016) - I’ve been having fun experimenting with interesting visual patterns that emerge when multiple points are moved around hypocycloids. I ended up writing a Bridges conference paper on the topic, but the animated quality of the results is so crucial that it seemed absolutely necessary to create a web page to …
Tending toward the convex (2015) - I was commissioned to create an Islamic geometric design to serve as a prop on the set of an Austrian production of the play Disgraced.
Trefoil Mug (2015) - A 3D printed coffee cup with a knotted handle.
3D printed kippahs (2014) - It's a well known fact that all mathematical art must eventually be worn on one's head. Let's cut out the middleman and create mathematical hats.
Moon Shot Espresso Cup (2014) - I designed an espresso cup mapped with a bas-relief lunar surface. When I discovered that it couldn't be 3D printed directly in ceramic, I designed to cast it by hand.