Spring 2013

Source code for a design revolution

Generative Design: Visualize, Program, and Create with Processing

By 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.’

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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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John Ridpath, writer and product director, Decoded, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 85 vol. 22 2013

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