The symmetry drawing app iOrnament jointly with the popular German science monthly Spektrum der Wissenschaft organized a drawing competition connecting mathematics and art. In February and March users of the iOrnament App were invited to give in their creations they produced with the iOS app. The competition attracted 740 artists from 52 countries who submitted all together more than 3400 ornaments. A jury consisting of professor Jurgen Richter-Gebert, the creator of iOrnament, Christoph Poppe, editor of Spektrum der Wissenschaft, Katharina Rasp, graphics designer, and Martin von Gagern, mathematician and computer graphics expert selected the most stunning, intricate, mesmerizing or simply beautiful ornaments.
“The variety of styles and expressions is simply unbelievable”, says the author of the app. “From minimlistic geometric sketches via subtle color studies to wild provokative and expressive drawings everything is present. The winner ornaments are cool pieces of art and a lot of personality shines through all of them”.
The symmetry app iOrnament takes hand drawn stroke input on an iPad or iPhone and repeats it according to the rules of selected ornamental patterns. By this and the expressive power of the drawing apps pens and colors it provokes a very personal dialogue between the active user and the app. Every stroke may bring in an unexpected twist to a drawing and creating good ornaments becomes both an intellectual and artistic challenge. As a consequence the ornaments carry quite often an Escheresque flavor and are attractive to creative artistic people, as well as to scientifically oriented users.
The winner ornaments are currently presented in the June issue of Spektrum der Wissenschaft. They are also available online on the facebook page of iOrnament. The iOrnament app itself is available on the Apple App store and also in the standard version users can contribute to a permanent “Ornament World Exhibition” a site that by now presents over 5000 hand selected ornaments created by the iOrnament user community.
Major Features of iOrnament include
* Full support of all 17 wallpaper groups
* Supports also rosette, spherical and hyperbolic symmetries
* Artistic color palette and pen
* Glow pen to add highlights
* English and German language support
* Export to photos, e-mail and facebook
* Export to the Ornament World Exhibition
* Adjustable color palette
* Layers, brushes and color symmetries
* Extensive collection of tips for usage
* Preview of symmetries and fundamental cells
* Animated drawing process
* Change symmetry type on the fly
* Scroll, rotate, very high zoom range
* Slim intuitive user interface
* Unlimited undo/redo
* Full featured iPhone and iPad version
* Interactive tutorial on math backgrounds
* Sampler of classical ornaments
* Based on mathematical theory
* iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 61.2 MB
Pricing and Availability:
iOrnament 1.5.2 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the iTunes 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) 2014 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.