Asdiel recently created a system for exploring patterns similar to the one I made in 1993 that gave us the name Alien Skin. I don’t know if we’ll ever turn it into a product, but it has been fun to play with.

Under the hood it uses a special programming language that combines math functions to make pictures. A finished product would provide a simple user interface and completely hide the language, but for a math nerd like me the language is a blast.

I created the first two pictures in the top row by programming in Asdiel’s language. The others were mostly discovered randomly by Asdiel and me, with just a little hand tweaking.

Click a thumbnail to see a large version. Then you can get to a 2048×2048 pixel version through a link above each image. They would make nice iPad backgrounds if you trim them to the right size.

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