Left: “Untitled”, pen on paper | Right: “?I REALLY LIKE YOU MARY.” , watercolor on paper

On Oct. 1st, 2019, my first Axidraw plotter arrived. I was looking for some motivation to try it out, and it happened to be Inktober. The rule was simple: create something every day and share it. Filled with enthusiasm for my plotter, I decided to give it a try. My expectation was not high because repetition was not my forte. Despite trying many similar habit-building challenges in various topics (painting, sketching, workout, drink more water, you name it), I could always found excuses to let them go.

But my plotter journey was different. I finished the 30-day challenge without a…


Sounds obvious, but the Playing Card Generator creates playing card designs.
Sounds obvious, but the Playing Card Generator creates playing card designs.

The creation of a generative art system that gives you an infinite number of playing card designs

This article is originally posted on my website. Here’s the link to the live system if you want to skip the article and go straight to the system.

You can also jump directly to different parts of this article:

  1. Introduction: A Playing Card Generator?
  2. The Design Process
  3. How I Got Here?

Introduction: A Playing Card Generator?

The Playing Card Generator is a generative art system that creates playing card designs. It visualizes playing card data (e.g., spade-ace, heart-7, diamond-12(queen)) into graphical elements.

Currently, it has one set of algorithms that creates infinite variations of designs. …

Shiqing (Licia) He

Ph.D. Candidate @University of Michigan, School of Information. Wants to create art with data.

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