was just making a practical visual test to ensure that the new arcs in Shoebot work properly, and hey i like this

and a cool feature in Shoebot: a simple syntax to make a basic GUI to tweak any parameter in a sketch

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and after some back and forth on the Shoebot matrix channel, now there's a simple syntax to tweak variable fonts. I'm really happy with this

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I've got back to hacking on Shoebot, a project I started 13 years ago at Piet Zwart to make images with code (they seem to call it "creative coding" nowadays)

I seem to go back to it in yearly bursts, and thankfully Stuart is around to take care of things in the meantime.

Now that we're looking at implementing variable fonts, I noticed we had no apparent way to set a font's weight or style; it turned out it was mostly done in the code, but not documented. So yesterday I took care of that. Tiny victories are always encouraging and worth the effort.

Just learned a new UX term: rageshake

(image from Element for Android)

You probably saw this already but I hadn't: Alsamixer gives you Lewis Carroll if you unplug your audio interface

A couple of months ago I tooted looking for a vector grid-based editor. Nothing came up so we (Manufactura Independente) set out to make one.

It still has a set of kinks, but it's usable to the point that we've been using it to make a few designs.

We plan to release it in Feb/Mar under a free software copyleft license (AGPL). It runs on the browser with no server-side logic and no tracking.

If you'd like to try the beta and tell us about your experience, that'd be fab! Just reply to this toot and we'll get in touch.


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