June 19th, 2008

Biomorphs

Recently I came across an academic reference to Cliffard Pickover's biomorphs, a generative fractal-like art that resembles cell structures. Outside of Richard Dawkins' famous evolutionary invention of the same name, which is similar in purpose but different in design, I had never heard of Pickover's work. Sadly I couldn't find the original article for free. [Biomorphs: Computer displays of biological forms generated from mathematical feedback loops]

I did, however, find a good overview of the subject by Mad Teddy. (Explore his website to discover why he is, in fact, quite mad.)

Ten minutes later I generated my own biomorph:

biomorph.jpg

Download the source code as an Xcode project (Mac only, 51 KB). Possible improvements, including animations, to follow.