Kim Asendorf, an interactive artist from Kassel, Germany, has just released the first version of ONull, a new tool for vectorizing raster graphics.
The software, written in Java with a Processing core, works by changing pixelized color information into a halftone pattern, much like The Rasterbator. The difference is that ONull's halftone pattern is highly customizable, allowing you to choose from a wide variety of vector pixels—circles, square, triangles, X-shapes, etc—and adjust opacity, stroke, rotation, and amplification settings until you get the image you want. One can even import a custom vector pixel, resulting in effects like this:
We're especially excited for the next version of ONull—it will include vector sets and triangle fields, further increasing the transformative, graphic properties of this vectorizing software. For a preview, check out MJ below.
Download the first version here, or click through for more examples.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.