Creating the RLMeta poster

Published on 2020-05-24.

RLMeta is the most interesting program I've written. I find the grammar syntax beautiful to read and the meta-approach intriguing. To me, it approaches art. I wanted to showcase it by putting the whole implementation on a poster. Here is a preview:

Preview of poster.

Read on to learn how I created the poster and the RLMeta version displayed on it.

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Poster design

I created the poster using Inkscape. I have used Inkscape on and off in the past, but I am by no means an expert. I used the inksyntax plugin to create syntax highlighted text.

To come up with the design for the poster, I started by creating text objects for each file in the implementation. Then I tried to fit them on a page. Portrait mode worked best since I did not want to break the VM implementation, which was the longest piece of text and determined the main layout of the poster. I also concluded that I needed three columns to fit all code and that I wanted them to be of equal width for symmetry. I modified the source code to better fit the poster layout. In particular I worked on reducing the number of lines of code. After a while, making the VM code shorter would not help to fit more on the page because I still needed three columns. I made lots of test printouts and edits. You can see some of them in the pictures below.

I experimented with landscape mode. I figured that it would be bad usage of available space. I also had an idea about drawing arrows to show how the source code flow in the compiler. I decided that it would just clutter the poster.