Process Art

What's cooler than making interactive software? Making the computer language that people use to make interactive software. Ben Fry and Casey Reas's Proce55ing is such a meta-language. Influenced by John Maeda at MIT's Media Lab, the pair created a free programming environment with three strengths: it's simple enough to teach to non-programmers, it's adept at controlling graphics, and it compiles in Java so that the output is web-ready. Originally conceived as a teaching tool, more advanced programmers are already using the Alpha version of Proce55ing to create some gorgeously intricate work. - Curt Cloninger