Four-Project Series

Creative Coding with p5.js you own this product

basic JavaScript • basics of p5.js
skills learned
p5.js canvas and coordinate system basics • p5.js drawing primitives and transformations • p5.js draw loop and animation basics • p5.js audio playback and movie rendering
Yu Zhang and Mathias Funk
4 weeks · 6-8 hours per week average · BEGINNER

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You don’t need to be a painter or a sculptor to express your creative side! The p5.js coding environment and graphics library let you turn your coding skills into imaginative creations, as well as quickly prototype interfaces and applications, visualize data, express creative ideas, or just play with code.

The projects in this series put the fun back into coding, inspiring you with creative JavaScript programming tasks that combine your creative abilities with computational thinking. As you work through each fun and engaging p5.js project, you’ll master design skills such as creating vibrant images from simple visual elements, animating artwork or photography, and even generating visuals for music. If you find your joy for code dwindling, let the exciting challenges in this liveProject revitalize your passion—and your JavaScript skills!

These projects are designed for learning purposes and are not complete, production-ready applications or solutions.

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Project 1 Abstract Art Logo
In this liveProject, you’ll use p5.js to draw and animate abstract logos by combining simple visual elements in new ways. You’ll use color gradients to create vibrant icons, design complex shape-based logos, and combine the two techniques into stylistic and interesting logo art.
Project 2 Contemporary Visual Art
In this liveProject, you’ll work with p5.js to create and animate modern artwork. You’ll see how you can use code to replicate the abstract colors and shapes of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich and animate your reproduction into a moving 2D image, then explore the work of American sculptor Alexander Calder and see how it can be reproduced in both 2D and animated 3D.
Project 3 Animate an Image
In this liveProject, you’ll use p5.js to animate still photos or artwork. You’ll start by animating simple object images with interaction techniques, then animate landscape photos using layers and transparency. Finally, you’ll extend these techniques to creative drawing on images.
Project 4 Sync to Music
In this liveProject, you’ll use p5.js to link and synchronize visual assets with audio material. You’ll start by simulating a 3D landscape, then animate a camera flight through the landscape, before cohesively setting your movie to music to create a music video.

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project authors

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.
Yu Zhang
Dr. Yu Zhang has a background in fine arts and design. Her PhD 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.


For JavaScript programmers interested in developing or rediscovering their creativity with easy visual computing techniques.

  • Basic JavaScript
  • Basics of p5.js
  • Basic debugging
  • Basic math such as linear algebra (vectors and vector addition) and geometry

you will learn

In this liveProject series, you’ll expand your perspectives on programming and turn a professional craft 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.

  • p5.js canvas and coordinate system basics
  • p5.js drawing primitives and transformations
  • p5.js draw loop and animation basics


You choose the schedule and decide how much time to invest as you build your project.
Project roadmap
Each project is divided into several achievable steps.
Get Help
While within the liveProject platform, get help from other participants and our expert mentors.
Compare with others
For each step, compare your deliverable to the solutions by the author and other participants.
book resources
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.