Recreating Vintage Computer Visuals With Processing

in art •  7 months ago

Ever wondered how the old school computer animations used to look like back in, say, the 1950s or 1960s? Well, now not only can you take a look at how they actually looked like but you can try recreating them by watching the following tutorial on Youtube.

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For recreating those old school visuals you'd be needing Processing which is an open source IDE for programming (very useful for beginners, while we're at it). The following tutorial is actually based on a short 1968 documentary which delves into early motion graphics animation.

The tutorial below makes extensive use of adapted trigonometric functions for the Java programming language that Processing uses. Without further ado, have fun!

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That Mac photo takes me back to grade 6. I still have vivid memories of learning how to make folders and move files. Good times.


Our first Macs didn't show up until I was a senior in high school. Then all the super geeks hogged them, so I really didn't get a whole lot of time to play around on them. I'm not even sure there was an actual class on how to learn to use them until I graduated. That was almost 35 years ago. Time flies. :)