Munich, Germany – The iOS app iOrnament is a drawing app for creating intricate ornamental designs. Based on the mathematical theory of symmetry groups it accepts hand drawn user input and converts it into stunning symmetric patterns. Over the last few months iOrnament gained increasing popularity reflected by many enthusiastic reviews and a 4.8 star average based on worldwide roughly 300 ratings.
Motivated by the broad and international user base of the creative drawing app independent developer and math professor Jurgen Richter-Gebert, invited for submissions for an “Ornament World Exhibition”. All users of iOrnament have the chance to submit their designs and patterns for being showcased publicly on the internet. Meanwhile several hundred designs were submitted and a first selection of them is now available on the science-to-touch homepage in the public beta version of an interactive viewer.
“The resonance is overwhelming, some of the submission by far exceed my expectations of what would be possible with the program”, says Richter-Gebert. The submissions visible in the exhibition currently come from 12 countries. Among the contributors are graphical designers, art teachers, mathematicians and many other users of all ages. The variety of submissions ranges from highly esthetic ornamental patterns via replicas if of classical cultural designs through funny cartoon like drawings. In the viewer the designs can be selected by various categories or tags. They can be freely zoomed and rotated.
Creating ornamental patterns as a creative experience is best expressed by the statement of Peter Chilvers co-creator of the well known generative art and music app Bloom. In a review on his British iOS app review site Unworldly.com he writes “[Using iOrnament] felt similar to the way it feels when improvising music or building up a rhythm in a sequencer. Unexpected strands keep popping up, and the joy is in following them and seeing where they lead.” Much of these creative processes can be seen in the ornaments of the world exhibition. Submissions to the exhibition can be made through the full version of iOrnament which is available on the Apple app store. The most interesting submissions will also be presented on iOrnaments facebook page.
* Compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 35.6 MB
Pricing and Availability:
iOrnament – The Art of Symmetry 1.3 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
Located in Munich, Germany, Science-to-touch was founded in 2012 by Jurgen Richter-Gebert, mathematics professor and expert in geometry and visualization. It is a collection of projects which are aimed at interactive visualization of science. The basic philosophy behind the project is that visualization and interactivity makes science accessible, understandable and fun. The iOrnament App is the first release of Science-to-touch. Science-to-touch tries to provide high quality content that helps to get in touch with various interesting topics. All projects should be equally creative, informative and accessible. Copyright (C) 2012 Science-to-touch. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.