Beautiful Accidents

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New York digital artist Joshua Davis is celebrated for his inventive and innovative designs. With help from Brandon Hall of Automata Studios, Davis has produced The Endless Mural, a collaborative online artwork aimed at fostering "beautiful accidents."

The Endless Mural, like the Museum of Neverending Art covered here previously, invites everyone to contribute to an ever-evolving, uncontrolled collective work -- "endless" because it will grow without limit as more users contribute. (To view all the contributions so far, click "View the mural" on the site's home page.) All this is possible thanks to the powerful new tools and techniques made possible by HTML5 and Internet Explorer 9.

You contribute your piece to the mural, not by directly drawing shapes or painting in colors, but by creating lines that the application fleshes out. You just roll your mouse over the canvas, and the app selects an image to trace out that gesture. Click the "Help" button to view a video in which Davis explains some of the more advanced options and techniques for producing more involved art. For example, you can set your brush to generate swarm, burst, spiral, or bubbler patterns; and you can select sets of shapes and objects from different artists in various color schemes. Once you save your art, it becomes part of the mural.

Visitors to the mural may click on your contribution to enlarge it and watch a replay of how you created it, and then they can share it through social networks or by e-mail. They can even save your work as Windows wallpaper. These features are similar to those provided by The Shodo, and they suggest that with Internet Explorer 9 and the new technologies it supports, the Web is going to be a place where sharing your creativity becomes a way of life.

This story, "Beautiful Accidents" was originally published by BrandPost.