Flocking algorithms in graphic design

Posted on 02/21/2011 by


What a creative visualization!

From ShiftControl, nr2154, and okdeluxe, I stumbled on an image and video created for the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) created from a set of flocking and force field algorithms.

As they describe it, they did a good job using math to express social meaning:

Consisting of 192 lines, one pr. member of the United Nations, we conceived the concept of ‘a world in continuous dynamic chaos unifying to the (utopian?) ideal constellation – a state of perfect balance – in which the COP15 Climate Conference can happen’.

Beyond how cool it looks, the image is conceptually interesting because it takes an idea—cooperation—and represents it symbolically and mathematically.

Because, as okdeluxe notes, they wanted to visually express, “the complex decisions and negotiations going on at the conference,” they employed an algorithm that (mathematically) expressed complex interactions with emergent properties (like flocking). Good job.