Creative Coding with Processing

Basic Java
skills learned
using Processing (a variant of Java) • creating and animating visual pieces • animating art pieces • refining creative designs with animation and interaction • pairing audio and visual material
Yu Zhang and Mathias Funk
5 weeks · 7-10 hours per week · BEGINNER
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Revitalize your love for code, nurture your creative side, and expand your perspectives of what’s possible with programming—all with the Java-based Processing language and coding environment!

The challenges in this liveProject have been designed to inspire you, reawakening your coding creativity through engaging creative projects. You’ll learn to combine your computational skills with creative thinking as you use the Processing language to develop high-quality still graphics, interactive visuals, and audio-visual renderings. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you achieve beautiful and personal results that you can share with your friends and loved ones, then show off in your coding portfolio.
This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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project authors

Yu Zhang
Dr. Yu Zhang has a background in fine arts and design. Her Ph.D. research investigates the theory and artistic practice of interactive technologies for public, large-scale installations. As a researcher and artist, she approaches visual art with mixed reality installations and projections, sensor-based interactives, and computational arts. She has been teaching design and art in international workshops and higher education for over ten years.
Mathias Funk
Dr. Mathias Funk is an Associate Professor in the Future Everyday group in the Department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He has a background in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology. Since 2011, he has taught creative programming, computational prototyping, and designing with data and connectivity, and built tools for design researchers.


For Java programmers interested in developing or rediscovering their creativity.

  • Basic Java

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll expand your perspectives on programming and turn a professional task into a fun activity once again. By revisiting computational concepts from a creativity-inspired angle, you’ll learn how code can be an expressive and explorative tool instead of just a problem solver.

  • Create vibrant visuals by combining simple visual elements
  • Animate a still modern art piece, photograph, or painting
  • Refine the design of aesthetics and interaction, and combine visuals and audio using code


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Get full access to select books for 90 days. Permanent access to excerpts from Manning products are also included, as well as references to other resources.