Creating connections and filling these connections with interpretation and meaning is a powerful mechanism of human sense-making. These connections can be entirely arbitrary, yet we strive to give colors and patterns a meaning in order to integrate them into a view of the world.
This urge for sense-making is so powerful that Roman emperors believed their fate would be inscribed in the look of the entrails of ritually sacrificed animals. A similar practice is tasseography, a divination method that interprets patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments.
In this design experiment, each name input results in a unique pattern. The pattern and colors created are unique to each name, and thus a connection between a person and a particular pattern is created, inspiring questions as to the meaning of this pattern. Inspired by tasseography, the result here is a generated plate decoration drawing on domestic styles of the fourties and fifties.
To generate and dowload your personalized plate pattern, go to http://www.penccil.com/karma, type your name into the input box and click "make plate". This is not a random pattern generator: You can return to the page at a later time and the pattern created from your name will be the same.