While working at IDEO, I had the great opportunity to help with the NYC launch party for the book “Creative Confidence” by Tom and David Kelly. I built some software using processing that simulated painting with a brush. To generate the colors, images were loaded from Instagram that were tagged with #creativeconfidence. Attendees of the party could sit down and paint pictures from the party. A second computer projected images on the wall that were painted dynamically by a brush simulation particle engine. 10 different effects animated and painted while loading various images of the party.
I wanted to see if I could make an animated grid of Instagram photos using javascirpt and a little jQuery. It turns out I could, but the real point of the exercise was to see how easy it was to use the Instagram API. This prototype has a rudimentary UI that allows you to change the tag search. You can also control the size of the grid and animation speed.