Wordle is an app that takes a passage of text and creates a word cloud based on your design sensibilities. The Alphabet Synthesis Machine takes a similar approach to designing characters for a fictional alphabet, taking a seed drawing and evolving that according to your constraints.
It’s really comforting to know that there are people out there who can create interesting technology that’s easy to just pick up and play with. My over-arching experience using these tools is one of discovery, and enjoyment.
Even though I have no practical use for his creations, I’ll go back and play with them because they’re beautiful.
I think there’s a lesson in there for those of us who are involved in the creation of user interfaces in the commercial world.