Harmonic motion, a study
Since a little while, I am diving more and more into the field of animations – generated by Python code. To achieve movement with a natural feel, as it appears in waves or the flapping of a bird’s wings for example, it’s necessary to look into harmonic motion. I tried out a few things with Lissajous curves – which step by step should evolve into typographic animations …
Starting with a simple sine wave
Harmonic motion is always a combination of amplitude and frequency. If the frequency gets faster, the curve is steeper and the period shorter. Following the graph of a sine wave, a movement is progressively speeding up and slowing down again, like any organic movement.