Hi Designer News — I’m here to share Spheres, a web app I designed & built.
A bit of background — this started off as a browser experiment for making art with circles & a bit of a maths thrown in for fun (to create the illusion of 3D space using CSS transforms — if you’re viewing on desktop you’ll see what I mean).
I showed this experiment to a few people who seemed to enjoy spending time with it which motivated me to develop it into something I could share more widely, so I went on to design an accompanying UI with some customisation options & a simple on-boarding process. I shipped the first version today — hope you enjoy!
I feel like this is 80% of the way there, but lacks a little something to really be able to create interesting compositions. Maybe you could let people create bigger spheres by holding down their click or something?
Thanks very much Sacha for checking Spheres out & leaving this feedback — that's really useful to hear!
To make sure I understand what you think is missing in order to better create more interesting stuff — did this comment come from you wanting to have more control over the size of specific spheres that you were using to create a composition? E.g. the randomness created a certain size, but you would have preferred a different one for a particular composition?
Yes, it just feels like the more things you can do with the tool, the more creative you'll be able to be with it. I don't know whether that should be done through more direct control or more randomisation or both though…
Thanks for confirming — definitely something to think about!
Cool! Reminds me of an old drawing tool I made:
The size is dynamic to mouse speed also. Never got around to further customization tools for it however..
That's awesome, thanks for sharing, I enjoyed messing about with that :)
The only thing missing is a "why", if you'd ask me.
Have your setup be saveable. Shareable. Add text to the spheres, maybe lines between them.
Now they've become useful for quick mockups of relational data or something.
Or maybe it's just what it currently is, as you aptly named it yourslef: A thing :)
Good effort, did enjoy playing with it for a while due to how responsive it is :)
Thanks for the comment & ideas Dirk & glad you enjoyed playing with Spheres :)