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Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture

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The last decade has witnessed a proliferation of artists whose primary medium is software. Algorithmic processes, harnessed through the medium of computer code, allow artists to generate increasingly complex visual forms that they otherwise might not have been able to imagine, let alone delineate. The newest volume in our Design Brief series Form+Code in Design, Art, and A ...more
Paperback, 1st, 176 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by Princeton Architectural Press (first published August 15th 2010)
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Like many outsiders I tend to recoil in horror from any mention of the contemporary tech milieu: over-inflated jargon ("disruption", anyone?), hypocritical celebration of start-up capitalism (uberize my ***), and collusion with the contemporary obsession with pointless gadgets. In other words, despite some affinities with computers and with coding, I have moved progressively away from those activities as they ascended to their current popularity in the the 90s. But the tech mansion has of course ...more
May 09, 2011 Kip rated it it was amazing
Seems to be getting poo-pooed in some reviews - ranging from coffee table book with pretty pictures to geekfest. I liked the very simple, but accurate breakdown of what computing does for generative art: repeat, transform, parameterize, visualize, simulate. Takes you out of photoshop, facile, simplistic visualizations, and ties the basics back to some interpretive ideas.
Jun 28, 2011 Justin rated it liked it
This book is an excellent introduction to anyone interested in new media and how coding is developing as a medium of artistic expression in our culture. This book is graphically immersive; if you're anything like me, you will spend as much time reading the graphics as you will the accompanying text. This book will introduce you to the ideas, purpose, and relevance of each piece, and serves as a sort of cliff notes of this particular mode of expression. They mention some of the programs and langu ...more
Mar 06, 2011 misa rated it liked it
mm, nothing much to say. pretty images, everything makes you drool, wishing you were some super hyper-cool design-FREAK. but reality set its. thought it would be a bit less of a superficial look into the formulation.generation of through computers and code, but i guess it's more a coffee table book than a academic one.
Vlad Anghel
Sep 09, 2012 Vlad Anghel rated it really liked it
Graphically immersive, this is only an introduction to various new media tools and techniques. I recommend looking for smth else if you want a deeper understanding of these tools.
Aug 20, 2015 Johnny rated it really liked it
A valuable compendium of design, art, and code ideas that blend and blur the edges between art and technology.
Jan 05, 2011 Keisuke rated it it was amazing
The aesthetic values are constantly changing. The age of the industrial revolution brought modern aesthetic values such as: Romanticism, all artistic fields. Now it is the age of code. We understand anything in the way of coding. Even our body can be decoded in DNA. There are codes behind forms. The book is written in the context of not only "coding" but also the art history. Even if you are not familiar with any technological aesthetics or hate computers, it is still worth re ...more
Jun 24, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. The book does not require any knowledge of programming and at the same time it provides a survey of the fundamentals of code and how it relates to digital art.
The examples of art work shown in the book are just as interesting as the writing. This is the type of book that leads me to many more books to follow up with.
Hans Gerwitz
Dec 22, 2015 Hans Gerwitz rated it really liked it
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Casey Reas can sometimes seem like a one-trick pony, following Sol LeWitt with new tools. Assembling this book, though, he re-asserted himself as a leader in generative art. It's inspiring and I expect will remain relevant for the ideas longer than the tools used in the examples.
Nitant Hirlekar
Sep 27, 2012 Nitant Hirlekar rated it really liked it
THis is Good Start Up Material For the people who want to get an Idea about use of Code in Creative manner....just blows your Mind with the possibilities of the CODE ........
John Hajdar
Jan 26, 2013 John Hajdar rated it it was amazing
good source of cody artists and what they do.
not much on the how.
Sep 24, 2011 Ezekiel rated it liked it
Good overview of different approaches to digital media.
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