Intro to Generative Visuals in TouchDesigner: Creative Uses of Feedback

Join us for a hands-on workshop where you'll learn how to create stunning visuals using feedback techniques in TouchDesigner. Perfect for beginners, this in-person workshop will guide you through the process of making beautiful abstract patterns and fluid-like systems, moving beyond the typical repeating trails.

You'll explore various feedback systems, from simple motion blur and trailing effects to more complex emergent systems. TouchDesigner's easy-to-use, node-based interface and built-in texture tools make it the ideal platform for experimenting with these exciting visual effects.

Course Logistics

Monday, July 15, 2024


$110 for a one-day, three-hour long workshop
We also offer Diversity Scholarships. Apply by July 8, 2024.

Experience Level:

Course Materials:
• A laptop (Mac or PC) AND the power supply — TouchDesigner can drain your battery pretty fast!
• Free non-commercial license for TouchDesigner. Available by signing up for an account at https://derivative.ca.
• A three button mouse is highly recommended — the TouchDesigner interface is specifically designed to be used with a three button mouse with a scroll wheel. Laptop track pads will work in a pinch, but you’ll be much happier with an actual mouse.

Course Outline

• Setting up feedback loops with TOPs
• Modifying feedback signals for various outcomes
• Using more complex operators to create emergent systems

Additional Information:
• No Refunds or Exchanges.
• View our FAQ here.
• Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Educational Goals

• An understanding of using feedback in TouchDesigner for a variety of visual effects including:
-- Motion blur
-- Trails
-- Emergent generative systems

• Learning how to experiment with Texture Operators to generate unique visual outcomes

About Technologies

TouchDesigner is a visual development platform that equips you with the tools you need to create stunning realtime projects and rich user experiences. Whether you're creating interactive media systems, architectural projections, live music visuals, or simply rapid-prototyping your latest creative impulse, TouchDesigner is the platform that can do it all.

About the Instructor

Jack DiLaura

Jack DiLaura (he/him) is an artist, creative developer, and musician who specializes in creating generative graphics, building interactive installations, and tinkering with vintage music equipment. He’s a regular contributor to The Interactive & Immersive HQ (an educational platform for immersive designers/creative technologists), has taught courses and workshops on creative uses of the software TouchDesigner, collaborated on art installations with artists from the US, UK, and China, and worked on commercial interactive projects for Google, The Smithsonian, and more. He holds an MFA in Digital Arts with an Interactive Arts Focus from Pratt Institute.

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