“Persimmons”: AN INTERACTIVE ART BOOK CREATED WITH CODE

Winner of the 2019 Adobe Design Achievement Award (Early Bird Top Talent). Special thanks to faculty mentor Casey Reas!

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BEHIND THE CONCEPT

“Persimmons” is an accordion-style book display translating a poem into art through linguistic analysis and code, inspired by the beauty of words and the structure of linguistic systems.

Named after Li-Young Lee’s poem “Persimmons”, my book’s concept is derived from Lee’s celebration of spoken language in his poetry. Therefore, for this interactive book, I wanted his words to have a direct impact on the art displayed on the pages.

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DESIGN PROCESS

Thinking about how sound can be translated visually, I created a dictionary of icons to correspond with each phoneme from the International Phonetic Alphabet (see image at the left for reference). Harsher sounds would have more angular shapes, while softer phonemes would be paired with organic forms, for example.

I chose phrases or words from each paragraph of the poem to generate pattern art through code. First, I used the Java library RiTa.js to produce an analysis of each words’ phonetics. Upon the appearance of a certain phoneme, the corresponding icon would be rotated repeatedly in for loops in p5.js. Each word thus produced a mandala-like pattern influenced by its sound.


Coding “Persimmons”

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Final Product

As the reader goes through the book, they interact with the pages by pulling a tab, transforming the text into the pattern. The final book shows the manifestation of Lee’s language into art. Read the full poem here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43011/persimmons.

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Thank you for viewing!

Created using: Processing/p5.js, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign