Summary

Random Art

reviewed by Marlou Bleijenberg

18/09/2017

The Good:

The pictures in the gallery are made by a computer program. The program accepts the name of a picture and uses it as a seed from which a picture is generated randomly. It generates different patterns and colors every time you enter a title, then press enter and the program creates a little artwork for you. The outcome of the artwork is unpredictable so it seems to create an endless gallery with different patterns every time. The website is very clear and simple, not complicated to use.

The Bad:

The output of the name you fill in is not entirely unique. When entering the same name twice it creates the same pattern/artwork. It is not a never ending source of inspiration, since every name has their own formula. So when you visit their 'online' gallery you will encouter lots of the same pictures.

The Bottomline:

This tool can be a source of inspiration when you want to create a pattern but there is a limit to it's uniqueness. The computer generates it for you, only based on a name you fill in so this is not a designer tool, just funny to have a look at what patterns it creates with a name you fill in.

Overall Rating:

3

Specifications

The official website of the tool is

http://www.random-art.org

The tool is made by

Andrej Bauer

You can find the official doccumentation on:

No

Is there a user forum/ bug tracker/ issue tracker and if so where?

No, there is only an online gallery where everybody can 'post' 'their' artwork.

I reviewed version n/a of the Software

The interface:

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  • what is it : application, online tool, platform
  • what is it for ? image processing, website making and posting
  • this tool functions : online
  • this tool is available for : Linux, Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android, other
  • this tool is : Free Beer
  • does this tool have a paid version available? no
  • Review

    The user interface:

    How easy or hard is it to grasp? Is it intuitive, relatively easy to follow? Or is it unclear, too complex? What can you say about the interface? The homepage of the website is very clear and easy to follow. There are only three menu buttons where you can view the gallery, create your own pattern and an about button. There is also a clear explanation available about the software itself (button: About)

    Tutorials / Instructions:

  • useful / helpful : 4
  • clear : 4
  • quick and easy to understand : 4

    What notable things do other users say about this tool? (either good or bad!)

    "Piktochart has meant that we can actually compete on a whole new level. It has almost democratized graphic design so that anyone can do it."

    Testing the tool (learning by doing – trial and error)

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    What would/could a designer use this tool for?

    The patterns the tool creates can be very specific, so you can take elements out of the pattern and place it in another context/use it to create photography/websites/videos etcetera. Also, a variety of color gradients are available and you can create random colors with it.

    Depending on what kind of free this tool is, how “free” is this tool really?

    The website is free to use, there is no download needed and as far as I can find there is no advertising for this website

    Please add any additional comments below:

    n/a

    *As an official reviewer for the Great Free Graphic Software Review I confirm I have filled in the above review at the best of my abilities, with care, patience and without prior prejudice, so help me Tux.*

    Marlou Bleijenberg, 18/09/2017

  • Interface

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    Testing the tool

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