Programming them quickly turns into an obsession. I make a change, press F5, I test it and repeat. I haven’t found this virtuous cycle of seeing how your code turns into images and attractive graphics anywhere else.
Sure, the projects I show on my website have little practical utility. But that doesn’t matter, the things I learn when working with them are invaluable. Art and design alone are fascinating disciplines, but combined with programming they turn into something much better.