10 Bit Lines

A vague grid layout holding a randomised-looking pattern of horizontal and vertical lines in each grid space. The top-left corner has the less-dense grid items, gradually increasing in density towards the bottom-right
Print Date
Print Duration
56 minutes, 30 seconds
Paper Size
223×211 mm
Distance Drawn
25.86 m

A continued experiment into using binary numbers to generate a grid of completely unique elements. This design uses 10 optional lines per-item, using the binary representation of the numbers 0–1023 to generate all possible permutations.

Once all the permutations are generated, they are arranged using a custom sorting algorithm, to give a more “randomly organised” overview than would be achieved using the numbers in strict numerical order.

This style of work is a basic variation of the plots made by dutchplottr, who has a wide range of binary and ternary based designs.

Closeup detail of a few of the grid items, showing how the ink interacts with the paper texture

Pens used

  • Windsor & Newton Fineliner

    Black, Archival ink
The same grid items arranged in a non-random order, leading to a much simpler and organised layout.
An example of the output before using the custom sorting function