Licia He 何诗清

Licia He is a generative artist and a human-computer interaction researcher. Through her research and artworks, she explores ways to record and present information around her. After receiving training in both studio art (with a focus on traditional printmaking) and computer science, Licia is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan, School of Information, where she specializes in examining and supporting artistic practices. Her website: http://eyesofpanda.com/ displays a collection of her artworks and notes.

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300+ Days with Plotters

On Oct. 1st, 2019, my first Axidraw plotter arrived. It quickly became my current top art medium choice because of its versatility. I established a daily painting practice where I experiment with plotter-enabled creations every day and share my progress on social media. In the process, I developed a plotter-focused toolkit that supports implementation and realization of Python-based generative art. So far, I have completed 300+ days of plotter experiments and summarized my current experience in this article. In 2021, I plan to launch three more 100-day projects focusing on plotter-related creation.

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Plotting with Thread

Punch needle embroidery is a unique type of embroidery that uses loops of threads to create designs. Technology for punch needle embroidery ranges from the popular handheld manual tools to high-cost industrial tufting machines. Computer-controlled punch needle fabrication tools remain out-of-reach for most practitioners. In this work(in collaboration with Dr. Eytan Adar ), we describe how a low-cost X-Y plotter can be repurposed to support punch needle embroidery fabrication. By adding easy-to-make physical accessories coupled with a novel software toolkit, we support the production of delicate and precise punch needle embroideries with minimal manual labor. The work and the toolkit(ThreadPlotter) have been published at DIS 2020 and received the honorable mention award (top 5% Submissions).

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The Playing Card Generator

The Playing Card Generator is a generative art system that creates playing card designs. It visualizes playing card data (e.g., spade-ace, heart-7, diamond-12(queen)) into graphical elements. Currently, it has one set of algorithms that creates infinite variations of designs. Each design set contains 56 cards, including the standard 52 cards, 2 joker cards, a cover design, and a backup card. The card number was then mapped to the number of polygons. For example, Diamond-3 would consist of 3 nested parallelograms. The system is publicly available for downloading and printing. The article titled "How I designed playing cards using a data visualization design approach" documents the design and implementation process.

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CardioDoodler: a Heartbeat-visualizing Robot

Cardio Doodler is a heartbeat-visualizing robot that makes artistic visualizations using real-time heartbeat data. Designed for meditation and workout, this robot processes and plots with the data collected by a photoplethysmogram (PPG) sensor. In this collaborative project (with Yue Wang, Olivia Mengzhu, and Hari Subramonyam, our team (DoodleIt Team) participated in the UIST 2018 student innovation contest in Berlin, Germany. Our design won the best implementation award. Read more: Ideation Design Doc | Design Doc Used During Demo

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