Borrowing part of the algorithm from Streams
, Strands does away with the cleanly
separated channels along with the black background and stacked rectangles. The palette is built up from the make-up of 80's
pop star Cyndi Lauper (see here for an example
Each colour was sampled at an average of 3x3 and manually picked to try and re-create the 'look'.
The same algorithm is run 3 times to create 3 layers, each time the algorithm is asked to compress less and less strands into
the target rectangle resulting in larger and larger cells appearing. Layers with larger cells overlay layers with smaller
cells, these smaller cells can be seen in the gutters.
Every cell is drawn twice: a colour from the palette is chosen at random, a slightly de-saturated and transparent version of the
colour is first used to draw a slightly larger version of the cell and then a fully solid version is drawn over. This leaves a
small soft edge to each cell.