stevenhuang 2 months ago

This is super cute. Loving how the little diagrams change as the sliders are moved.

One thing that might really get people to purchase a drawing is the ability to change line colours. Imagine all the colourful patterns! Have you plans to add this?

  • akuji1993 2 months ago

    Absolutely the thing keeping me from thinking about a purchase is the missing possibilites to color the lines in different colors.

    • joshwcomeau 2 months ago

      Appreciate the feedback!

      I don't really have many plans to keep working on this machine, but I do hope to add new machines (with different controls, and different possible outputs), so I'll definitely keep that in mind :)

      • akuji1993 2 months ago

        I just like really colorful design, so another machine with cool geometric patterns or something with a lot of color control, would be awesome imo!

pragmatick 2 months ago

I like it and would've liked to buy a vector download but $19 is insane. I would've paid 3$, $5 at the max.

  • joshwcomeau 2 months ago

    Through the lens of "cost of a vector download", it is very expensive.

    I've been thinking of it a different way, though. The option exists for people who want to manage the printing themselves, and it's a much more economical version.

    The fine-art prints on my project start at $99, and while the profit on that varies by where it's shipping to, it's always more than 20 bucks. It doesn't cost $80 to produce and ship a 12" x 18" print.

    Put another way, you're not paying for an image download, you're paying for the creative energy (not to mention time) that went into producing this tool.

    That said, you're not the first person to bring this up, so clearly the messaging could use some work. I've lowered the price to $5 while I figure that out.

    • pragmatick 2 months ago

      I appreciate the reply. I also understand the reasoning behind it, it's just that it honestly wasn't worth that much to me.

      I just bought a download for $5. I don't know if 5 people would pay $19 vs 20 would pay $5, but you just got five dollars more from me that you would've otherwise :-)

  • duado 2 months ago

    Almost nobody would pay $3 either, so $19 could be optimal pricing. (i.e. 1 in a million people pays $19, but only 5 in a million pays $3).

zenpaul 2 months ago

The randomize button in the lower right corner is the best way to see the possibilities.

  • joshwcomeau 2 months ago

    Yeah! I had wanted to find a way to make this more prominent, since it's great fun.

    Fun fact: While any combination is possible from the "randomize" button, it uses weighting to try and come up with pleasant/interesting combos more often than not. I'm quite pleased with the results.

anitil 2 months ago

Is there a way of 'seeding' this with line drawings?

  • petersonh 2 months ago

    I agree, this would be a cool idea and make it feel more personalized

    • joshwcomeau 2 months ago

      That'd be super cool! It would be non-trivial to implement, but that may be something I consider in the future :) thanks for the feedback!

      • anitil 2 months ago

        If you do get around to doing it, would you mind sending me an email (in bio)? I have an idea I've been mulling over for a long time, and would pay for something like this.

        Edit: I contacted you via the contact form at Tinkersynth

Hackbraten 2 months ago

Love that easter egg!

  • joshwcomeau 2 months ago

    hah, thanks! I was wondering if people would discover it =)

amitmerchant 2 months ago

Great interface. I'm just loving it!

aljmyl 2 months ago

I have been working on something similar for plotter drawings

  • joshwcomeau 2 months ago

    Neat! Seems fun.

    This project was actually meant to be for plotter drawings originally, and the SVGs it produces are plotter-friendly (all the occlusion is done mathematically, not using fills or masks).

numbol 2 months ago

Pleasantly reminiscent the cover artwork of "Unknown Pleasures" (Pulsar!)

Perhaps someone in the near future will make a similar art cover using graphs of exoplanet transits.

exolymph 2 months ago

Cool, but why would I pay that much to download the image?

mkl 2 months ago

This business model seems like a fascinating idea. Do you know if it will work? Is anyone else using it?

  • joshwcomeau 2 months ago

    Thanks! Yeah, I hope some people will think the things it produces are worth purchasing! Although I suspect almost everyone will treat it as a fun web toy (and that's totally alright as well - the goal isn't really to make a ton of money with this)

    • rvrabec 2 months ago

      It is really fun. Thanks for putting thought into the design and UX.

onemoresoop 2 months ago

Desktop mode only?

  • joshwcomeau 2 months ago

    There's a limited mobile experience, essentially it just gives you the ability to shuffle (which, many people say is the single most fun control).

    The reason is that the experience really only works when you can see the art while you're tweaking a parameter, and there was no way to fit both the art and the controls on a phone screen at once. I had them stacked, and scrolling up to see what a control did was a miserable experience.

  • andai 2 months ago

    On my phone it complains, but seems to work fine.