CODING THE MASTERS
There are not many words that are as all-encompassing as the word ‘art’. There’s paintings, soundscapes, graffiti, sculptures, architecture, calligraphy, the list goes on and on. But every once in a while, a creative master mind decides to create something so unique that it deserves a whole new category in itself. Meet CSS Francine.
Pure CSS Francine is an artwork that is completely made of both CSS and HTML code. HTML and CSS are languages of the internet, which basically tell a browser how to read and display content. Code designer Diana Smith found a way to transform this code into art that shows much resemblance of oil paintings that were popular during the 19th century. Because every browser is different, every browser reads Francine in a slightly (and sometimes drastically) different way.
While looking at our trend arsenal, Francine ticks multiple boxes at once. The first one is Serendipity Seeking, which is all about leaving room for the unexpected by carrying out a being in beta mindset. Diana wasn’t entering the design process with a specific purpose, other than feeling the urge to create something while learning at the same time. Aside from that she can also be considered a Brand Bandit, someone who takes creative ownership over a certain product and uses it in a way it wasn’t intended to be used originally. You can see how this applies to Diana, as she completely revamped the way in which we can use coding.
With the evergrowing digital landscape, we can only hope new forms of art like these will see the light of day more and more often. Let’s code towards a brighter and more tomorrow!