Computational Typography for Beginners with NextText for Processing

Thursday 29 October, 10:00 (180 minutes)

Jason E Lewis, ,
Bruno Nadeau, ,
Elie Zananiri, ,

NextText is a Java library for creating dynamic and interactive text-based compositions. The library uses TrueType fonts to render type which moves and changes shape according to a set of rules. The programmer/designer 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-base 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. [ ]