a black and white animated gif of lines with dots at the end spinning around a central axis

“Rotating dandelion.” All gifs © Etienne Jacob, shared with permission

Paris-based software engineer Etienne Jacob (previously) takes a creative approach to coding with his mesmerizing animations that fall at the intersection of art and math. Gravitating toward space-filling curves and spiral equations, Jacob designs engrossing geometries that twirl around a central axis, coil into parallel black holes, and disperse into individual dots.

Looping is an essential part of each animation, he tells Colossal, noting that the constraint influences the shapes and movements he’s able to create. Most designs are planned, although Jacob diverges when a new technique or method seems appealing. “When I start to code a loop, I give the project a name that sums up the main idea I’m planning to work on, and it seems that the end result always matches that initial project name (and idea), despite the experimentation and unplanned features,” he shares.

Jacob shares much of his work on Tumblr, along with tutorials on his website.

 

a black and white animated gif of a wave dispersing a sphere made of dots

“Sphere wave”

a black and white animated gif of a curved torus curve on the outer and inner edges

“Torus curve”

a black and white animated gif of cubes shifting on a screen of dots

“Cubes camouflage” made in collaboration with jn3008

a black and white animated gif of a sphere twisting and spiraling

“Circle to double spiral”

a black and white animated gif of cubes shifting and appearing to grow and grow

“Fractal sliding 2d”

a black and white animated gif of two loops roiling in contstant movement

“Path with 2 holes”

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