Workshop : Computational Typography for Beginners using NextText for Processing



NextText is a Java library for creating dynamic and interactive text-based compositions. The library uses TrueType fonts to render text which moves and changes shape according to a set of rules. The programmer has full control over the text and the rules defining its behaviour. Created by Lewis and Zananiri, NextText for Processing is a port of the library for the Processing development environment. Keeping in mind the goals of Processing, the library includes greatly simplified syntax and allows the creation of interesting sketches with very few lines of code. For programmers who want to push the envelope further, all functionality of the Java version of the library is maintained, so it is still possible to create intricate and more complex text-based compositions.

In this workshop we will introduce users to NextText for Processing, and assist them in creating a short interactive and dynamic text work. NextText for Processing is an open source library licensed under the CC-GNU GPL.
[ www.nexttext.net ]

Who is leading the workshop?
Jason E. Lewis
Elie Zananiri
Bruno Nadeau
Tania Alvarez

When is it?
Thursday 29th October at 10:00. Duration: 3hrs.

What’s the plan, briefly?
The first part will be a presentation of works produced with NextText and an introduction to the Processing environment. This will be followed by a short break, and during the second part we will introduce the NextText library, what it can do, how to use it, and we will create a small sketch together. This will be followed by a second break, and during the third and final part, we will assist participants while they create their own typographic composition using NextText for Processing.

Download the workshop slides here.

What do you think?
We’d like any thoughts you might have on NextText for Processing (NTP) including:

  • what would you change about NTP?
  • will you use it once you head home?
  • what features do you think it’s missing?
  • any ideas for more built-in behaviours or functionality?

Send us feedback at feedback@nexttext.net or drop us a quick message:

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This software is licensed under the CC-GNU GPL.