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Drifting flyers on a torus

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Alternate illustrative concept for Businessweek’s Max Chafkin & Brian Womack’s April 2016 feature on Yahoo. Move the mouse to fling the flyers around. Flyers are accelerated in the direction the mouse is moving, proportionate to their proximity. Then there’s air friction and gravity, so the flyers resume an equilibrium downward path along the torus.

When I say “torus” I just mean that it wraps around at the top/bottom and left/right edges, which topologically is a torus, right? But I dropped topology class after like a week. Also, gravity’s a vector, so easily configurable!!!!! I should really use a little vector math library. I-should-buy-a-boat.jpg.

Flyer (& whole cover & feature design) by Tracy Ma.