Jim ChenI have a very talented friend, Jim Chen, whose skills are impressive. He has been lamenting of late his perceived limits in art and design. I must laugh at him, though. He doesn’t paint, true. He doesn’t manipulate clay or fiber. But it is amazing what he can do with html coding.

Jim’s ability to link words with sounds, images, colors, and hyperlinks in a cohesive way on his blog is masterful. He can write out codes to tweak colors, play with table cell size, and flow the images and words like a collage. Heck. He doesn’t even SEE his layout except in his mind’s eye as he writes code to tell the web browser how to show others his vision.

If that’s not art, I don’t know what is.

Here are a couple of Jim’s pieces. (I will warn you–they are graphic heavy, so be patient in the download.)

The detail of the pattern is movement (Illustrates a passage from T.S. Eliot.)

Schattenfreude (Illustrating his own poetry)