Face #7 by Dave Fischer
Dave Fischer creates images in PostScript using the text editor 'vi'. PostScript is known as a format for printing images to screen and paper, but many overlook that it's actually a fully featured programming language. For more information, read Dave's notes on his computer graphic work, and if you're interested in PostScript itself, have a look [...]
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Face #7

PostScript is a widely used file format for describing images, usually to be displayed on either laser printers or computer screens.
The beauty of this file format is that it is a fully functioning and elegant computer language. When you use PostScript to print a document, you're sending a program to be executed by your printer.
Inevitably, hackers who hate sitting around getting bored start writing PostScript by hand, and making wonderful things. There are some remarkable PostScript documents; handwriting emulators, quicksort routines, fractal generators, you name it.
But this piece, face #7, is very different from the other examples of PostScript hackery I mention. Whereas the others seem to be about the challenge of hand-crafting PostScript, face #7 is more of an introduction to the merits of doing so. It seems that Dave Fischer really wanted to draw in this deliberate manner, activating his lines with instructions and numbers. I feel that this work couldn't have been created in any other way.
%!Adobe-PS-1.0 72 dup scale /M {moveto} def /C {curveto} def 1
setlinecap 1 setlinejoin 5 72 div setlinewidth 5 6.5 M 4 6.5 3.5 6.5 2 6
C 3.5 5.5 4 5.5 5 5.5 C 5.5 6 M 5 6 0.5 0 360 arc 1 7 M 6 10 8 6 6 5 C 7
10 M 9 3 7 3 4 3 C 5 2.8 M 5 2.5 5.5 2 4.5 2 C 5.5 2 5 1.5 5 1 C stroke
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by Alex McLean, posted 06 Jun 2003


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