Source code for a design revolution
Generative Design: Visualize, Program, and Create with ProcessingBy Hartmut Bohnacker, Benedikt Gross, Julia Laub. Edited by Claudius Lazzeroni. Translated from the German by Marie Frohling
Princeton Architectural Press, £60 / $100
Processing, an open-source programming language and environment for creating visualisations, animation and interactive artwork, was introduced to Eye readers back in 2007. In ‘Grow Your Own’ (Eye 65) Luke Prowse explained that by bridging technical and artistic processes, the tool hugely expanded the creative possibilities for those more used to working within the comforting graphic user interfaces of Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. ‘Processing,’ he argued, ‘puts powerful tools back in the hands of designers.’
The cover image was generated using Cover.pde, part of a code package that can be downloaded from generative-gestaltung.de. Top: detail of a sunburst tree diagram from the ‘complex methods’ section.
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