October 03, 2007

Eric Natzke

Writing about web page http://play.natzke.com/

After a long day of presentations about technologies and how to use them I felt a little bit burned out on the idea of yet another “How to do X with Y” session, so I changed my plans on the spur of the moment and ducked in to see a session which I had no pre-conceptions about. Boy, am I glad I did. The session was called “The Art of Playing” and it was given by a guy called Eric Natzke who I hadn’t previously heard of.

It’s slightly hard to describe what Eric does. His own blog says:-

Erik Natzke is an interactive designer who is constantly trying to blur the lines between design and technology.

and that certainly seems right to me, but I’d also suggest that he’s an interesting kind of mathematical animator. His slides – well, they weren’t exactly slides, they were the actual animations he created – had my jaw consistently hanging open as time after time he showed how a simple starting point involving particles or lines could evolve into something so amazing looking that I’d happily take a print of it and hang it on my wall.

Describing all the examples Erik showed would be time consuming and ultimately rather pointless because they’re the sort of things which need to be seen rather than described, but luckily Erik has put the whole presentation online and, if you have any interest in animation or art, I urge you to take a look: play.natzke.com.


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  1. Steven Carpenter

    Awesome presentation – reminds me just how powerful Flash is for visual experimentation. Just a few lines of code can create some beautiful effects. Once you try it you find yourself endlessly playing/tweaking. I particularly liked the early slides where simple easing routines make objects feel like they have real physical properties.

    03 Oct 2007, 19:33

  2. Adds credibility to the search for a few simple equations that generate the universe.

    08 Oct 2007, 11:19


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