Self-Documenting Mandelbrot by Dave Pearson


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An experiment with the idea of a self-documenting t-shirt.

The design contains a simple plot of a Mandelbrot Set which is overlaid with the ruby code that was used to produce it.

The code itself emits a monochrome PBM file which I then converted into a PNG and then used Photoshop Elements to merge it with the code that produced it.

Ideally, the ultimate version of the t-shirt would be the one that contained the code that produces a finished PNG that can simply be uploaded to RedBubble with no manual fiddling.

All in good time…


program, ruby, mathematics, mandelbrot, programming, documenting, set, self, fractal, code


  • Bobbie
    Bobbieabout 6 years ago

    That’s so awesomely geeky, I love it.

  • Cathie Tranent
    Cathie Tranentabout 6 years ago

    Dear Lord. That’s Geek with a capital “G”

    Smart Art. Will it catch on?

  • Thanks Cathie and Bobbie.

    Yeah, I think I’ve got a serious geek t-shirt trend happening at the moment. The idea of a totally self-documenting t-shirt has been bugging be for a few days now and this is the first step in toying with that idea.

    We use plenty of tools to create works and designs. I’m thinking that it would be interesting to come up with a design that contains pretty much all the tools needed to recreate the design. This is the first step, the first attempt.

    – Dave Pearson

  • dale rogers
    dale rogersabout 6 years ago

    OK, you’ve really out nerded me here. Fantastic concept … I love it!

  • Rupert  Russell
    Rupert Russellalmost 6 years ago

    Great work! I might try something similar

  • Rupert  Russell
    Rupert Russellalmost 5 years ago

    It would be nice if you were to add this to our new group Julias & Mandelbrots

  • OregonMJW
    OregonMJWalmost 5 years ago

    A delightfully geeky self-documenting T-shirt by an equally delightfully geeky self-documenting artist! Perfect execution.

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