I have just been shown this interesting, if somewhat raw, tool for simply creating recursive fractal images. The tool, developed by artist programmer Toby Schachman for his for his ITP thesis project Alternative Programming Interfaces for Alternative Programmers, is an exploration of a potential spatially-oriented user interface design. What this means in real terms is that he has developed a rudimentary program for nesting image objects within themselves, very quickly creating recursive structures, with each layer live and available for editing  at any time.

The application is clearly very raw, without any options for colouring or even exporting images, but the potential for the tool is wide reaching, particularly if picked up by designers and graphic artists. Imagine what you could create if this technology was packaged into Photoshop or Illustrator.

Watch the video below and then check out the tool at recursivedrawing.com