Graffiti Analysis 2.0

Who would have expected another post with graffiti-related content? Well, here it is… take a look at Evan Roth’s open-source project: Graffiti Analysis 2.0 (via QBN):

Graffiti Analysis is an extensive ongoing study in the motion of graffiti. Custom software designed for graffiti writers creates visualizations of the often unseen motion involved in the creation of a tag. Motion data is recorded, analyzed and archived in a free and open database,, where writers can share analytical representations of their hand styles.

The setup and interface don’t look like the most elegant system ever — but the system is open, flexible, free, and reaching an audience underserved by interactive technology.

I first became familiar with Evan Roth‘s work in 2007 with his White Glove Tracking project. Most recently I’ve been fascinated by his LED Throwies.

Evan co-founded Graffiti Research Lab (GRL), under whose umbrella Graffiti Analysis was released. As I posted before, I think GRL’s EyeWriter project is a quite touching use of interactive technology to help disabled people be creative.

Take a look through the work on GRL’s site. It’s a fascinating mix of open source, hacking, disruptive and anti-corporate interactive design.

Graffiti Analysis 2.0 - system setup
Graffiti Analysis - 2004 version