Gondola Plots

I took the gondola plotter to work, where I can deploy it in places of variable public visibility. I have many social experiments lined up for it, but it’s sometimes hard to find the right formula to get people drawn to it. One thing I noticed, is that as people walk by, if the plotter isn’t moving, they won’t even notice it. But if it catches their eyes while drawing, then they get close and start pondering what’s going on.

And so the most engaging thing I’ve been able to come up with so far, is to simply have the plotter draw complex drawings over a day.

The Girl with the Pearl Earing

Then it’s really fun to sit nearby and watch people get close and observe the drawing, listen to their comments. I think it’s safe to say at worst it stops people and get them wondering what’s going on, at best it blows their minds.

Nat Geo’s Afghan Girl

This one went on the tabletop plotter too

I experimented with Esther’s drawing, trying various size.

And some multicolor scratching paper

I like to see people wonder what’s going on, I call it triggering brain sparks. I can say, between the gondola plotter and Esther seeing her drawing replayed on a different medium, that brain sparks were most definitely achieved.

For reference, the algorithm I used for the portraits is: https://github.com/serycjon/vpype-flow-imager, it’s one of my favorites.


I built a website for running experiments in collaborative drawing. It’s pretty neat and I’m not going to describe it just yet, but in the process of testing it, I threw at it all kinds of plots I had at the tip of my fingers, and it yielded some pretty cool results.

I may have here my next plotting streak: microplots. Some look predictably bad as they were meant as stress tests, but some came out well enough to make me curious.

More to come on all this soon…


I plotted a bunch of UV snowflakes. I keep giving them away so I needed to rebuild my stock.

I hand them out to kids with a super cheap UV LED. They love it and then they shine the light everywhere else searching for reflective surfaces. It’s much like playing with a magnet where you try to discover where it will stick.

Hey psssst, kid, you want some snowflakes? I got some sheep too.