Finally: The finished thing

Time got away from me, so I haven’t been blogging, just working hard to finish the end product. And, it’s done! I’m exhausted, relieved and delighted with what I have achieved, but looking at the whole thing from start to finish, I really wish I could have done more. I’m not sure if those are expectations i’m imposing on myself, or wether the project actually delivers, I guess we will.. Read More

Sarah: Flavours caught by Movement

Sarah Homewood is an interactive designer and a dancer and synaesthetic and generally excellent. I have been considering synaesthasia as a phenomenon throughout my project, but it didn’t emerge into anything until I asked Sarah to dance to flavours for me, and she divulged that she is synaesthetic. Synaesthasia is another level of subjectivity, as with everything we experience as a human, there is not much commonality between such things,.. Read More

Gin: Particle Engine

Particles, thanks to Daniel Shiffman of Processing fame, aren’t so scary after all. I adapted one of the sketches from his Nature of Code book and applied it to my existing framework. That’s jumping ahead of myself slightly, firstly I created small particle clouds in the general locations of the taste bud locations in my earlier sketch. Apologies for the horrendous quality, I didn’t expect to move on from this.. Read More

Gin: Particles take two

The particles are plugged in to my original Recipe sketch, rejoice! Seriously, i’m so happy that this works I could dance. Again, apologies for the not-so-great recording. I was taking quick videos and moving on quite quickly, promising myself i’d save a version of the code but getting caught up in the next problem and overwriting old code. This project has definitely consolidated my need to version my work. Usually.. Read More

Colour: Averaging

I spent a day back in Python and it was wonderful but not altogether perfect. It’s like the old friend that you spend some time with, and it’s comforting and affirming, but after a while they begin to p*** you off. Also after so long of OOP it’s nice to be back in functional programming for a quick job like this. I wanted to average the colours of each colour.. Read More

Gin: Turn towards Flavour

A lot of work has been done towards cocktail depiction in infographic format, and i’m starting to feel slightly like it has been ‘done’. My previous justification towards completing a project like this was that it would be excellent to automate these graphics, and while this is still an interesting concept, I have started to lean towards a different angle. This angle to me is more interesting and is still.. Read More

Sarah: Blob Detection

The Processing library Blob Scanner is so cool and easy to use. It didn’t take long to adapt a Capture example sketch and retain each frame of the analysed video, leading to some rather beautiful results. Salty Sour Sweet Umami After amping up the hues of the resulting colour averaging, I used Paletton to find some contrasting and complementary colours. There wasn’t an exact science to this, and I regret.. Read More

Edit: edit, edit

Ridiculously, I overwrote my python scrape in git confusion. I had two terminal windows open, both in my ginfographic folder, one local and one remote. I overwrote the wrong one. I am very silly. But, in hindsight, I also didn’t need to spend so much time hacking away at the Yummly website, as the flavour data I need for my ‘new direction’ was perfect via the API. Just a heads.. Read More

Taste: Meeting with Amber

I met with Dr. Amber Griffiths to discuss genetics and taste. Amber is a director of FoAM Kernow and an associate at the ESI, Penryn Campus, and very kindly agreed to chat about the genetics of taste perception with me. A basic understanding of taste is essential. We spoke about super tasters, a small percentage of the population who are particularly sensitive to taste. These people are more likely to.. Read More

Flavour Workshop: Yay

My studio are holding an open evening on May 24th, and I am beyond excited. Recently, we held a biohacking evening to great success[1][2], so we decided to incorporate a workshop within the evening. The event is to introduce FoAM kernow in our new studio space to local artists, businesses and other lovely people around the area. In brainstorming the event, we came upon the idea to do a flavour.. Read More