55. Artcodes

We’re excited to announce Artcodes – the greatly extended and rebranded Aestheticodes app.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you’ll already know that Carolan connects to its digital record through its decorative inlay. Specifically, the Celtic knotwork patterns spread around Carolan contain six different computer-readable codes hidden within them that you can scan using a mobile device to connect to various webpages. Our app reads the codes in the patterns and then maps them onto particular webpages.

The extended Artcodes app enables you to create and share your own interactive experiences that involve scanning decorated objects. First, you can learn to draw scannable patterns that contain codes. Then you can map these to webpages of your choosing. Alternatively you can appropriate an existing experience, opening it up and editing its codes to point at different pages of your choosing as described in our previous post. Finally, you can share your new experience with other Artcodes users. You can also update your experience later on, resetting its codes to point at new web pages.

Artcodes-screen

Artcodes Experiences

We’re hoping that these features will empower all sorts of creative people become Artcode designers and users and that we can grow an active Artcodes community.

To have a go for yourself, first download the free Artcodes app from iTunes or Google Play. Then visit the Artcodes community website for tutorials on how to draw Artcodes and also how to create and share experiences. You’ll also find inspirational examples of Artcodes projects that other people have created.

Finally, the App contains features to recommend experiences for you to try out. These might be ones that are relevant to your current location at the present time (you get to specify valid times and locations for your own experiences when you create them) or they might be popular experiences, your personal favourite experiences or of course the ones that you have created and maintain.

We’re excited about the new Artcodes app – and about Carolan’s role in shaping its design. We hope you’ll give it go.

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