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Computer Art For a CS Dept Office?

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the nerds-deserve-aesthetic-walls-too dept.

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philgross writes "My university's Computer Science Department has just renovated its main office, and is looking for artwork for the walls. Do you have any recommendations about your favorite posters or images that address the algorithms, the history, and/or the aesthetics of Computer Science?"

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Several Suggestions (4, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815575)

M. C. Escher
There's the famous well known M. C. Escher famous for placing strange loops in his work thus making his tessellations and peculiar drawings centered on curious near mathematical conundrums (Mobius Strips [mcescher.com] , infinite limits [mcescher.com] , undefined boundaries [mcescher.com] , etc). For the most part, I believe he did woodcuts [mcescher.com] so if you're thinking about originals ... well, woodcuts are an odd market.

Fractal Art
There are several variants of this and you could buy some or create it yourself (not hard to find scripts that do this). It ranges from in your face [fractalism.com] to subtle [fractalartcontests.com] . This is common and widely created.

Slashdot Story Art
A while back, there was a story on some humorous computer science-y art [slashdot.org] you could ask the original artist for permission to use.

Or you can just look at various [sanu.ac.yu] collections [sciencenews.org] for your own tastes.

Re:Several Suggestions (2, Interesting)

Seakip18 (1106315) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815617)

A Mandelbrot set is very easy and very cool. I've always been fascinated with the set and have wondered what would be the best way to make a nice big landscape printout of it.

Re:Several Suggestions (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815659)

I know the guy who runs fractalus.com has done some large prints of his work.

Re:Several Suggestions (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815741)

Lend some credibility to visitors by showing what computer science does for everyone. Escher? No CS required. You might as well put up the Mona Lisa. Fractal Art? Yawn. Nothing says useless to the public like fractals and magic eye. Slashdot Story Art? Even this audience didn't have much nice to say. How about modern architecture, transportation or electronics? CSs are a varied discipline. Let's remember, the submitter says this is a university. Let's keep the Fractals and pi to a thousand places to individual cubes.

Re:Several Suggestions (1)

lastchance_000 (847415) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815767)

The work of Clifford Pickover comes to mind: http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/graphcp.html/ [wisc.edu]

Re:Several Suggestions (5, Interesting)

lastchance_000 (847415) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815795)

Ummm, ignore that trailing slash. Retry [wisc.edu]

Re:Several Suggestions (5, Funny)

QRDeNameland (873957) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815781)

Slashdot Story Art

I couldn't help but picture a hallway adorned with nicely framed images of goatse and tubgirl.

ASCII! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815869)

How could you forget ASCII art? What could be more geek?

Umm, just don't let some troll post goatse on your wall, though.

Re:Several Suggestions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815899)

Seeing as these are CS students, I believe this [istheshit.net] would make a rather amusing and accurate poster.

Re:Several Suggestions (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816037)

Escher was my first thought, too. There is a certain predictability in this cliche, that perfectly describes the predictable logic of computer algebra.

How about framed photos of framed Escher prints?

"I see," said Achilles; and there was a touch of sadness in his tone.

Re:Several Suggestions (3, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816051)

How about some ASCII naked ladies?

Re:Several Suggestions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23816147)

Hey cool! You used one of my fractals as your example of "subtle" fractal art.

I agree that this an area worth exploring - newer software like Apophysis (free) and Ultra Fractal (not free but worth the price) can create fractal art that is just visually stunning in both the shapes that can be produced and the palettes via various coloring algorithms.

Take a look at some of these examples (shameless plug for my own gallery included...) of, IMO, excellent fractal art that doesn't look like technicolor vomit:

http://dsa157.deviantart.com/gallery/ [deviantart.com] http://velvet--glove.deviantart.com/gallery/#Monochrome-Fractals [deviantart.com] http://fractek.deviantart.com/gallery/#my-favorites [deviantart.com] http://joelfaber.deviantart.com/gallery/ [deviantart.com]

Obvious choice... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815577)

M.C. Escher

FP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815585)

Big sign that says FP?

Comics make great filler (4, Informative)

EvilGoodGuy (811015) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815591)

Depending on how formal you want it to be. The TA area at GA. Tech is filled with comics like www.xkcd.com While many will not be appropriate items like the mapping of IP ranges would be excellent.

Re:Comics make great filler (1)

rho (6063) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816115)

Or Brandon Bird. [brandonbird.com]

Lazy Sunday Afternoon [brandonbird.com] being a good choice.

xkcd (4, Insightful)

smallferret (946526) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815601)

Why not just wallpaper in xkcd comics?

Demoralizing posters FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815603)

n/t

Re:Demoralizing posters FTW (3, Funny)

OldeTimeGeek (725417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815945)

Like these [despair.com] ?

I've been secretly substituting them for the motivational posters at work. heh. heh.

Re:Demoralizing posters FTW (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816011)

Head of IT at my last job asked us what we wanted (we had new building and were budgeted some $$$ that had to be spent on art. We all said Despair Posters [despair.com] and he agreed. Coolest boss, eveh!

posters (4, Insightful)

Middle - Adopter (906754) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815607)

If your school just spent a lot of money making the building look nice, you might want to go with something a wee bit more classy than posters on the walls. Just sayin'.

Re:posters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815911)

Shouldn't that be: If your school just spent a lot of money making the building look nice, you might want to go with an actual firm that does exactly this instead of, oh say, slashdot.

wait, no, waaaaaay to much sense and logic in that.

Re:posters (1)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816059)

So let the firm make the pictures and hang them. There are lots of printers out there. It's still up to them to decide what they want... no outside firm can do that. Slashdot has lots of... eccentric... geeks that have lots of neat ideas. I'd guess that he's probably not looking to Slashdot for a finished product... just inspiration.

But hey, who am I to rain on the "Asking slashdot for anything is stupid" parade

Re:posters (5, Interesting)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816023)

Throw a challenge to the art department: Represent modern computing.

Fractals (1)

RobertNotBob (597987) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815615)

How about some nice, big fractal images?

computer art (4, Informative)

Goeland86 (741690) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815621)

A while back there was a post about people doing "mathematical" art, and I'd recommend looking at those people and contacting them to see if they're willing to send you prints. In particular, I know Jeff Ely does great stuff that way, usually involving newton's method for polynomial solving, and fancy other constructs using simple objects. I think it'd suit the general "geek" atmosphere you would need in a CS department.

the two classics that come to mind... (4, Interesting)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815647)

...are fractal imaes and x-ray photos of CPUs.

BUT, you could also get some big-ass posters of Space Wars and a session of Adventure, perhaps Asteroids, Missile Command, Space Invaders and PacMan as well. A Commodore 64 bootscreen or an Amiga bouncing ball or Guru Meditation Error (bonus points for a LCD/Plasma screen with the blinking red box!) or a screenshot of a game of Rogue. Tell it like it is - don't get 'arty' about it. That's not what we're all about.

Re:the two classics that come to mind... (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816071)

See if you can get some large format prints of Steampunk Star Wars [sillof.com] .

Dilbert (5, Insightful)

donutzombie (647763) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815655)

Dilbert everywhere. Let the students know what they can look forward to.

Fractals, maps, circuit boards (1)

MythoBeast (54294) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815663)

A few suggestions:

Fractals are ALWAYS cool. Especially the Mandelbrot set.

Maps of the internet are readily available, and if you can line several of them up they can be very educational.

Find and print out a high resolution map of the concepts in Alice in Wonderland. (extra credit, harder to find)

Have someone scan in the back of a circuit board, then blow it up to poster size. It just plain looks cool.

Piet Contest? (4, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815673)

You could take a very interesting approach to this and employ Piet [dangermouse.net] which is a type of programming language that results in writing programs utilizing colors and blocks and traverses them as the program runs, resulting in some nice looking 'modern' art [dangermouse.net] . The neat thing about this is you could open up a contest to your developers to come up with beautiful ways to write simple programs and procedures and then vote on the most beautiful ones. To me, something coded to be both beautiful and functional would be highly desirable. The fact that it would come from within your developers would probably add to the effect among your staff.

Plus, it'd be super cheap!

Re:Piet Contest? (1)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815749)

Piet was the first thing that came to my mind.

The second was the old poster, "A human never stands so tall as when stooping to help a small computer."

Tinney prints (5, Informative)

base3 (539820) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815677)

Robert Tinney [tinney.net] did the covers for Byte Magazine in the late 70s/early 80s and is selling prints of some of them now.

Re:Tinney prints (3, Informative)

kaaona (252061) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816069)

Absolutely. Robert Tinney's artwork graced the covers of Byte magazine and several computer parts catalogs during the early days of modern computing. His "Breaking the Sound Barrier", "Computer Piracy", "Seventeen Seventy-Six", "Future Past", "Transmission Lines", and "Inside IBM" are among his many timeless classics that would be very at home in a CS department.

POV-Ray (2, Interesting)

Applekid (993327) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815685)

There's a lot of ray-traced images from the POV-Ray galleries which closely follow not only the mathematical basis from which computing as we know it was born, but have been beautified so even those who don't know the geeky underpinnings can appreciate them... preferrably before they learn them.

A lot of them have high quality prints available, and even some free (as in beer) ones will have the original .POV file so you can render it at any resolution you see fit for whatever gargantuan dimensions you'll send to the printing office and make them cry. ;)

posters of processors (1)

greenrom (576281) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815687)

When I was in school, one of the labs had framed posters of the dies of various Intel processors. If I remember correctly, they were all older processors starting with 8088 and going up to maybe one of the 486 processors. I don't know where they got them or if they're still available, but they were awesome. It was especially cool to compare the posters and see how much the designs advanced between processor generations. Actually, if anyone knows where to buy posters like that, send me a link. I'd like to buy some for myself.

XKCD comics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815691)

Well, a lot of XKCD comics will do it.

Especially that special version ones such as the map of the internet.

Bill Gates? (5, Funny)

The Real Nem (793299) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815701)

How about some nice Bill Gates [scurvydawg.com] pics?

check this out (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815711)

http://www.contextfreeart.org

Re:check this out (1)

dingen (958134) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815845)

I was thinking the same thing. Context Free can be rendered at enormous resolutions, so it's pretty suitable for printing huge posters. And there are plenty of cool designs available from the gallery, or you could try to create your own. You could even run a contest at the CS department and the print the best 5 entries or so.

despair.com (2, Interesting)

confused one (671304) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815717)

any number of options from http://despair.com/ [despair.com]

They are called "DEMOTIVATORS" -EOM- (1)

Collective 0-0009 (1294662) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816021)

Cat got your tongue? (something important seems to be missing from your comment ... like the body or the subject!)

Re:despair.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23816089)

Since this is a CS department, might as well combine both demotivators and Dilbert.

http://bytesngrins.stores.yahoo.net/fundipo.html

Maybe not traditional... (2, Funny)

should_be_linear (779431) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815721)

I have Munch [wikimedia.org] on my wall. Very relaxing and inspiring when you are behind schedule.

Themed rooms/areas for computing pioneers (3, Interesting)

lophophore (4087) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815739)

I worked at DEC Spit Brook for a while... All the conference rooms there were themed on a person important to computing, for instance, the Babbage Auditorium, conference rooms for (Grace) Hopper, (Herman) Hollerith, etc. Most of the rooms were named after computing or mathematical historical people, for instance, Konrad Zuse (as I recall, there was an original painting by Zuse in that room), Ramanujan, Heisenberg, and Schroedinger (don't look inside!) and some for people who were not dead (though Grace Hopper did actually see her conference room) like Metcalfe and Boggs, Gordon Bell, Jean Sammet, etc.

Each room had a likeness of the person, one or more plexiglass plaques describing their accomplishments, and artwork related to their inventions/discoveries. It was always interesting to go into a new conference room and see who it featured and what they did.

(We had Edison, but I don't remember their being a Tesla room... Any former inhabitants of ZKO recall?)

Javvin's Posters (1)

Fez (468752) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815747)

While not overtly artsy, I've always been fond of the posters that Javvin makes [javvin.com] .

I've got their network protocols map on the wall of my office.

Tux. 'Nuff Said. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815751)

Uhm... Tux, obviously.

XKCD, of course! (1)

cfortin (23148) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815755)

http://store.xkcd.com/ [xkcd.com]

At the bottom.

Anything by Despair Inc. (1)

nosfucious (157958) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815761)

ThinkGeek have a range of posters by Despair Inc.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/exclusives/8aec/ [thinkgeek.com]

Although Dilbert is always good.

Re:Anything by Despair Inc. (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815923)

Despair.com posters would be my suggestion too. Not only great photos, but also work as fun and warning when you read/think on them.

Try Leo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815765)

Go with Leonardo's work, you know, artwork like the Mona Lisa, Last Supper, Vitruvian Man etc... I watched this documentary narrated by Tom Hanks - you wouldn't believe all the secret codes hidden in those things.

Map of the internet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815779)

There are all sorts of cool visualizations of the internet. IE: http://www.eee.bham.ac.uk/com_test/dsnl.aspx (look along the left gutter for a link to a higher res version).

You could print and frame these!

2 words (1)

lexsco (594799) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815789)

ASCII art.

Re:2 words (1)

aaronbc (937273) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815865)

Natalie Portman

Re:2 words (1)

bugnuts (94678) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815889)

Exactly!

When doing this for a computer programming area, we wrote a simple downsampler to ~32 colors which split it across several columns, then created lineprinter values for each darkness value, using lots of overstriking for the dark areas. A pic of Einstein came out looking remarkably good, especially since it had to be viewed from a distance. (We stapled it to the ceiling :-)

Internet Map (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815793)

I have four words for you: "Map of the Internet"

eBay old advertisements (5, Interesting)

TrueJim (107565) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815803)

I've decorated several new offices by going to eBay and finding vintage advertisements from the industry I'm working in. They usually go for about $4 a piece. I take them to a local framing shop and put a nice matte & frame around them...mattes add some color if the ad is black & white. Use all the same frame and it looks like they're part of a set.

Is cheap, looks cool, looks professional, and educates you on the history of your discipline, all at the same time.

Pixel Art anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815811)

For extra points, you can use actual source code written for Piet, an Esoteric Programming Language.
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piet [wikipedia.org]

Canadian..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815821)

I belive it was CSE (communications security establishment, Cannuck version of NSA) who took one of their old CRAY super computers (the big C ones), and turned it into a fountain / waterfall with benches for their lobby.

Rack-servers aren't as cool for that though.

Context Free Art (1)

Lil'wombat (233322) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815827)

Next to fractals, how could you get anymore CS than context-free grammers?

From the Website:
Contextfreeart.org [contextfreeart.org]
Context Free is a program that generates images from written instructions called a grammar. The program follows the instructions in a few seconds to create images that can contain millions of shapes.

Hey, NO college office is complete without... (1)

Illbay (700081) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815837)

...PHI ZAPPA KRAPPA [ebay.com] !

awesome .... (4, Funny)

brunokummel (664267) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815871)

No matter what your tastes are..you must have an AWESOME POSTER [imageshack.us]

Tufte! (2, Insightful)

lemur666 (313121) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815875)

Edward Tufte's favorite graphic, of course:

Napoleon's March [edwardtufte.com]

A big part of software design is towards the ultimate goal of displaying data and information in a clear, informative manner. So why not display one of the finest examples of that?

And who cares that it's not "high tech"?

Datawocky (2, Interesting)

bughunter (10093) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815877)

In my university computing lab, circa 1985, someone had posted a photocopy of a poem and illustration from the July 1982 issue of BYTE magazine.

The title of the poem was "Datawocky" [a clear satire of Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky"], and it had a rather surreal illustration that I am still looking for.

The infinite series of tubes has preserved the poem [skepticfiles.org] , sans fictional attribution, but I can not find the illustration.

DATAWOCKY - by Jack Stack

'Twas global and the megabytes
Did gyre and gimbal on the disk
All mimsy were the prompts and codes
And the software was brisk

Beware the microchip my son
The bits, the bytes and bauds and such
Beware the CRT and shun
The qwerty keyboard's clutch

He took his self-pace book in hand
Long time the menu key he sought
Then wrestled he with the toaster drive
And sat a while in thought

Then as he sought that glitchy bug
The microchip, with gates aflame,
Came whiffling through its I/O plug
And processed as it came

Asynch, Bisynch, all protocols,
His binary went snicker snack,
He felt it crash, and with a dash
He came galumphing back

And dids't thou tame the microchip
Come interface my beamish boy
O frabjous day, Caloo! Callay!
O database, O Joy

'Twas global and the megabytes
Did gyre and gimbal on the disk
All mimsy were the prompts and codes
And the software was brisk

As a standalone poem, it's a bit insipid. But a copy of the original article, with illustration, is a work of art that I have been searching for, unsuccessfully, for years now.

Hardware (1)

aardwolf64 (160070) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815891)

When I worked at the University of Memphis, they used old hard drives and such. They disassembled them, glued them to a board, and then put them in shadow boxes.

Interesting stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815893)

This guy [georgehart.com] makes sculptures with computers.

or you could (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815895)

just put up a giant picture of HAL overlooking the office with the tagline "skynet or bust".

How about something *nice* to look at? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815907)

No, not porn, you ...

Big prints of beautiful locations nearby are more aesthetic than computer memorabilia and more useful as mind-relaxants. They also help people identify with the town/borough/district where they are working.

Prof suggested this a bit ago... (2, Interesting)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815915)

Back when I was in college he suggested putting 'Computer Science' in binary on the floor tiles in the hall way.

Anything BUT (4, Interesting)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815927)

Anything but that bloody duck hitting the computer with a mallet.

Actually, let's face it - everyone's 'done' chip dies, fractals, ray tracing etc. (no offense other guys), so why not go for some non-IT-oriented aspirations: landscapes, beach scenes etc. because you'll be stuck in front of IT all day anyway - hey, maybe get someone with 'shopping talent to put the odd bit of technology 'on the beach', 'under the waterfall', 'on the moon' etc.? - and if you want some 'homage', how about some pictures of Babbage's Difference Engines, ancient navigation aids, Stonehenge, Ancient Abacus, Mayan Calendars, old chronometers, a Megalithic Passage Tomb (Newgrange, Ireland)?

Think outside of the box... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815931)

Get a professional decorator in and give them pointers... 9 times out of 10 if you leave a geek to plan that kind of stuff it will end up looking too geeky and unprofessional or just plain ugly. It's a "business" place, not your den.

crop circles (1)

zogger (617870) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815933)

Whether drunk guys with boards strapped to their feet or alien wheat benders sending secret messages, some of the aerial shots of the more elaborate crop circles are just darn spiffy and show some good math.

Voronoi diagrams (3, Interesting)

thehossman (198379) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815935)

They're really cool when done using gradients.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voronoi_diagram [wikipedia.org]

Code for generating them...
http://www.perlmonks.org/?node_id=190245 [perlmonks.org]

Example...
http://people.cs.uct.ac.za/~chultqui/houdini/images/heightfield_voronoi_part.png [uct.ac.za]

Ada (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815949)

You can't go wrong with portraits of Ada Lovelace [wikipedia.org] ... nude. (No relation to Linda Lovelace,)

4-word ultimate answer (5, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815951)

Line Printer Snoopy Calendar!

Cellular Automata Fishbowl (2, Interesting)

bughunter (10093) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815957)

Another cool idea is kind of a "digital fishbowl" -- get an old tablet PC or iMac (or even just a digital photo frame) and have it run Golly [sourceforge.net] cases (or in the case of the photo frame, a sequence of Golly generations).

Anything fractal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23815981)

or made by Alex Grey.

Art Department (1)

aaronbc (937273) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815983)

Get some contributions from the local Art Department.

Art from an annual class (1)

Chillintau (1169599) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815985)

Start a class that would create digital art. Have two sessions, one for CS majors and one for Art majors. Teach some CS majors art (or at least multimedia data structures) and teach some art majors some simple programming and algorithms. This will give the instructor some insight into teaching people new or unfamiliar to CS so that they may be better able to teach the infamous CS I class. Also, you might want to use some wall mounted LCDs as giant picture viewers, that way the art can be changed at a whim (think parent's weekend and campus tours, sell the department).

Think outside the box a bit (1)

bbasgen (165297) | more than 6 years ago | (#23815991)

Your goal shouldn't be finding math that imitates art; instead you should find art that reflects the essence of the math geeks you work with. Generally for example, impressionism isn't going to be helpful, but cubism is often appealing. The main thing is: an interest in art is about creativity, consider that.

Put in another way. I'm a fan of the movie "Stranger than Fiction". One of the brilliant things they did were visuals for a fellow with aspergers. Art for math geeks, engineers, etc, is often found with a confluence of their craft with the real world. For example, I absolutely love powerlines -- I have taken hundreds of photos of powerlines around the world.

Seriously, if you are really after *art* -- you have to pursue the heart of the matter. No boilerplate nonsense, none of this "what you are supposed to do". You've got to capture the essence.

Art, Design or Photography department.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23816005)

If you are truly a Computer Science Department, then why not approach the Art Department, or more specifically, the Graphic Design Department with this as a student project for a semester.
That way a student can contribute something to the university and get credits at the same time.
-Romeo

Comission Ben Fry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23816015)

Commission this guy to make you some posters, he's incredible: http://www.benfry.com

How about some nice ASCII or ANSI art? (1)

mr_stinky_britches (926212) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816027)

How about getting some nice prints of some of the stuff from ACiD [acid.org] ? I love that old-school ascii art...

Or you could print Natalie Portman and hot grits on a dot matrix printer...or goatse.. It's up to you..

Less likely options (1)

Bobfrankly1 (1043848) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816029)

If you want fractals that you're unlikely to see elsewhere: try here [deviantart.com] If you prefer humor try this one [deviantart.com]

Art made from traveling salesman tours (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23816047)

Roman Verostko (1)

Joystickit (529613) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816067)

I'd check out Roman Verostko [verostko.com] , one of the pioneers of algorithmic art.

Joshua Davis (1)

spandex_panda (1168381) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816087)

This guy is very cool and very futuristic! He uses flash and a bunch of algorithms, along with sketches to generate art on the fly and runs his algorithms for a bit, then pauses and saves images. Here is his site [joshuadavis.com] and do go for a look! He is quite expensive now! But maybe you could order a couple of prints rather than commissioning new art.

Algorithmic Art (1)

redfood (471234) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816121)

Try looking into some artists that use computation as their medium for example: bitforms [bitforms.com] represents some great artists.

Also check with your university's art department. They probably have some great students and faculty working with technology.

Robotic head that follows you down the hall (2, Funny)

TheSync (5291) | more than 6 years ago | (#23816123)

I suggest a robotic head [t11s.com] that follows you down the hall while showering you with compliments. It will help to boost the self-esteem of the CS majors.

Or animatronic fish [t11s.com] crying out in pain. It will remind the CS majors that some people do have it worse than them.

Or a disembodied robotic hand [t11s.com] that points at you and accuses you of crimes against humanity. OK, this is just weird.

TSPL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23816143)

http://www.scheme.com/tspl3/

cool pictures at the start of each chapter.
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