Feb4

Creative Coding With Chrome Experiment

Posted by Kelly Kirkham

Ever feel like celebrating creativity in the world of coding? So do we! Chrome Experiments was created as a way to show off creative coding for like-minded individuals and we are entirely in agreement!

Comparing coding to creative coding is like comparing painting a fence to Van Gogh. Creative coding was designed as a way to creating something expressive rather than something functional. And while we at Midphase love functional coding too, it’s great to see the ingenuities that the World Wide Web has to offer.chrome

Chrome created a platform for this very idea. Chrome Experiments allows you to showcase your latest coding project for super nerds like
me to check out, and I have found some good ones. Each project uses HTML5 and JavaScript along with other open web technologies. Creators submit their projects to Chrome Experiments to be added to their page of creations. In short, Google is looking for “anything beautiful and technically engaging made by creative coders for the web”.

The site requires you to work within Google Chrome (without any flags or plug-ins) and must be tested on Chrome for Android. Google recommends that you make your experiment interactive and engaging. My favorite part is that they discourage you from creating a login account to access the site so there are no additional passwords to remember.

For full requirements and recommendations visit: chromeexperiments.com/about/

From art and sculpture to music and science, Chrome Experiments tackle every topic on the planet. For example, allow me to show you a few of my favorites:

First favorite: Zombies in Your Neighborhood

If you take Google Street View and add geeks’ obsession with zombies you get the ultimate web page where you can see zombies approaching your house. Hard to believe but it’s true. All that’s left is showing it to someone else because it really is fantastic!shutterstock_100052414

Second favorite: 100,000 Stars

This experiment is an interactive visualization of our galaxy, or at least the real location of 100,000 stars of our galaxy. Zoom in for names and information about 87 major named stars and our own solar system. The design is mesmerizingly beautiful.

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Third favorite: RACER

No apps or downloads are required for this awesome feat in coding. All you need is up to five screens linked together to race virtual across multiple screens. Made for both Android and iOS the coders used HTML5 Canvas, Paper.JS, Web Audio API and Websockets to get the wheels turning.

Do you have a creative coding project?

Tell us about it @Midphase for a chance to be featured in a blog post on Midphase.com.  

 

 

 

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