Brad Tober /
Experimental Interface Lab

«Design by Tweet

Design by Tweet (DBT) enables Twitter users to collaboratively code visual compositions by writing tweets that use a simple Processing-inspired API. Twitter users can participate by sending a specially formulated tweet to @designbytweet. In response, this account will automatically post an image of the composition after executing the user’s commands. The Design by Tweet name mirrors that of Design by Numbers, one of John Maeda’s projects at the MIT Media Lab in the 1990s.

For more information, please refer to the DBT documentation or visit the DBT Twitter profile page.

Please note that Design by Tweet is no longer supported.

Design by Tweet overview



  • "xCoAx 2016: Computation, Communication, Aesthetics, and X." GAMeC (Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art), Bergamo, Italy (July 7–8, 2016).


  • "Design by Tweet: Processing-Inspired Collaborative Creative Coding via Twitter." xCoAx 2016: Computation, Communication, Aesthetics, and X, GAMeC (Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art), Bergamo, Italy (July 8, 2016).