Banana tart: http://alpha.editor.p5js.org/mhf273/sketches/SkWTmtmAW
Coconut cream tart:http://alpha.editor.p5js.org/mhf273/sketches/ryV4StQCW
Almond tart: http://alpha.editor.p5js.org/mhf273/sketches/B1OdNKmR-
For my midterm project, I wanted to design a logo for three tarts from my parents bakery business, and potentially have them on brown/white pastry paper bags. I chose tarts because they have similar circular shape, but different fillings and flavours and taste and smell. This the challenge for me was how to have three variations of a tart that would capture three different flavours, look, taste and smell. The pastries that I chose to work with are also local Mauritian delights which are: coconut cream custard tart (puits d’amour), banana tart (tartes bananes), and almond tart (mirliton).
I started by sketching out different designs on paper, and then just started designing shapes on p5 to see how things would look like. I realised that by looking at the shapes and trying to picture the shapes, I was at the beginning less focused on what the computer could do better computationally, and my initial drawings captured more of the actual shapes and look, which made it seem like things that could be better done in Illustrator instead. So then, I went into trying to sketch out what would change from one tart to the other, and how to use random and code to do things to the tart fillings.
Initial sketches: I was distinguishing what changed from one tart to the other, the flavors coconut topping, almond, and bananas, and looking into colours and appearance of the different pastries.
In p5, my initial sketches looked like, trying to map flavours and looking at colours, as well as trying to place something in the oven, but it looked more like Illustrator or Photoshop designs. and then I started thinking of how to make it more fun. I really liked the top view open face of the tart, so that is how I started pursuing top face designs and how to make variations on it.
So this is the sketching that followed with advice from Professor, about how to think of my designs more procedurally, and sketching ways in which something would change from one tart to the other.
As I had difficulties in the ideation process, apart from the website pictures, I also researched a lot online on different tarts, how they look like and how to play/represent different toppings to see how other people make it:
Afterwards, I got some advice from classmates “just start doing it” and so I just started designing the tarts on p5, and this advice really helped because I think I was focused on being settled with my design first, but this opened me to the idea of making as I went with the project and being open to feedback and changes.
I started with the banana tart, and thinking of bananas, I sketched out the shape of the bananas and tried to make it look like bananas with the colour and stroke(). I was thinking of separating the bananas and make it more spread out, but it did not look too good, and because my center point was not the tip of the banana, I could see that it was difficult to work with the rotate() function as the origin was not the tip of the banana.
For my tart designs, I was really focused on colours and trying to capture the original colours of the tarts, because I think that was what I am used to seeing and them looking like, so for myself, I would find it easy to relate and recognise them.
I was tackling the almond tart next, and then I spent some time designing almonds and researching how almonds looked like, and then using beginShape() and endShape() to make the almonds. I tried to be very attentive to detail, and also sketched out an almond flake and used for loops to change the gradient colour of the almond flake.
My first trials:
Then I used the random function to scatter the almonds all around the tart. I found it difficult to have them go inside the sphere and not be outside of the sphere boundary, but I didn’t know how to do that yet.
Following this, another of my friend suggested that I should make layers in the tart – so that it looked like a dome shaped, therefore playing with darker colours in the middle of the tart and lighter at the sides. I also decided to align the almonds in the middle so they would form a flower shape, and made a bunch of ellipses to represent icing sugar.
For the coconut covered cream tart, I also followed the same principle of trying to add texture and volume to my design by having a gradient of colours in a for () loop. I also wanted to try making coconut flakes instead of shreds so it would look more like coconut, but after thinking over it, coconut shreds still looked better.
For my banana tart, I was considering adding the pie criss-crossed dough so that it represented the tart that we see on pictures, or some caramel sauce, but after consulting with Professor, it might be more tricky to make and I would have to learn how to create masks (this for later though!) Here is what I was thinking of:
One of the things that took a lot of time for me was to think about colours and shapes to convey meanings. I spent a lot of time deciding colours and experimenting with different sets of colours. I also asked several people for opinions and researched a lot on different tarts. More pictures of research below:
My challenge and take-away from this is that I don’t have to do a lot of complicated things to capture an idea. After talking with Professor, he advised me to have a common aesthetic and style for my designs.
I think that I wanted to apply all the knowledge that I had accumulated so far, and wanted to do too many complicated things that made my designs not identify with each other. There were solid shapes and contrasting colours and others had gradients and were less distinguishable. In my quest to trying to represent the pastries exactly the way they looked, I neglected some of the simpler aspects and simple things I could do to create meaning.
Therefore, I re visited all my designs, and based on the banana tart, I tried to re make the other two tarts (coconut and almonds) to be more bold in colour and although still capturing their own flavours, but be more fit with my style. For the almond tart, I made it simpler, and made the almonds smaller, have a singular colour and based on research determined that it could be nice to have them scattered because this is usually how they are sold with the flakes. As for the coconut covered cream tart, I decided to tint the cream into a custard like colour to make it more stand out, and also looked at a lot of different pictures. Here are some pictures of the final result:
Other challenges and questions that I spent time trying to figure out were how to use vectors in my case to store values from vertexes on a sphere, which I am not sure whether that was possible. I also know that my design could be more procedural and that I can make more use of for loops, and therefore, would love to take these designs further to implement these.
Working on this for the future, I think that I could improve on the designs themselves as well, I received some feedback on making the banana tart with banana slices instead of bananas and that would make it more stand out as well and fit the previous design of my almond tart.
I think as I learn more things from the class, and become better at understanding what is happening and how to code, I want to be able to implement more of the computational aspects, as well as potentially having writing and letters with the sketch.
Overall, I really did enjoy spending time coming up with those designs and I am content with what I am able to produce so far.