This blog post is going to review conditional statements, boolean expressions and logical and relational operators. The latter ones are needed in order to create conditional statements. I will list the most important ones:
This blog entry is all about variables and how to define and use them. Essentially, there are two types of variables: built-in variables and variables that you define yourself. Built-in variables are variables that Processing has already stored and are ready to be used right away. This means that they don’t have to be defined at all.
Part 2 of this revision of what we have already learned in the first semester concerns the fact that the code in Processing is placed in two different sections. Moreover, some more basic functions are explained that are needed in order to create the base for a visual outcome.
My first step in getting back to Processing was to revise the basics. Although we’ve had a very good coding tutor in the first semester, I already feel like I forgot most of what we’ve learned there. So this is why I found myself a beginners course on Youtube. It’s approx. 65 videos about learning Processing by Gabriel Duarte. I only consider half of them to be „the basics“ but this seems to be my first opportunity to go further into the material after I feel confident with the basics.
During the easter break I’ve had some time to rethink my Design&Research topic, which was up until now the illustrations in children’s literature. Feeling that I’ve already exploited the most interesting aspects of it, I was pondering a topic change. A topic that I am very interested in is creative coding. However, I did not feel very confident about the challenge this topic would pose for a beginner like me. It took some days and numerous Youtube tutorials until I found that, in fact, it was not that impossible to accomplish.
As mentioned in the previous blog post, illustrations in children’s books have, under certain circumstances, positive effects on the reading experience of children. To explore this topic further, the exact aspects of illustrations that influence children’s perception of the story are determined.
A child perceives a story very differently if it can rely on accompanying illustrations than if having to work its way through sole text. This impact of illustrations as well as its triggers shall be topic of this blog entry.
Recalling my last blog entry, one might remember the overall conclusion of illustrations of the 19th century: Fairy tales were in fact neither written nor illustrated for children. This is why, stories and illustrations were in most cases brutal, scary and very close to blunt reality – highly contrasting with children’s book illustrations of the 20th century. This blog entry shall give an overview of differences that illustrations of these two centuries show.
On 28th of November 2019, the European Youth Award Festival (EYA) took place at FH Joanneum Graz. There, ten innovative projects created by students, young professionals or startups were presented to us. In order to give you some insights, I will describe some of those projects, addressing their strengths and weaknesses they have in my point of view.
Novels as Struwwelpeter, Alice in Wonderland, and the fairy tales by the Grimm brothers were originally published around 200 years ago. However, they still represent an essential part of children’s literature of today. The reason why these fairy tales had such an extraordinary impact and managed to be still remembered by the majority of people is that their authors ensured that their stories were illustrated in an appealing and unique way.