Generative Design: Visualize, Program, and Create with Processing

If you are wondering what generative design is, or curious about the potential impact it may have on your practice, grab this book and read the appendix first. Head straight to page 460 and read about the new methods and processes that generative design offers. With this information fresh in your mind, go back to the beginning and look through the sample projects, work with the sample programs and tutorials, and you will begin to see and understand the potential this method of design has to...

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The Elements of Graphic Design, Second Edition

As a design educator I am always looking for new ways to teach the unavoidable “Introduction to Graphic Design” course. I have read and used many textbooks over the years, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. It was with the goal of gathering new information in the introduction to graphic design category that I read and explored The Elements of Graphic Design by Alex W. White. Like the other books I have read in this category (one that is large and continues to grow because...

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Emigre 70: The Look Back Issue

In order to understand what Emigre 70: The Look Back Issue is, you need to know what it is not. This is not a “new” issue of Emigre with interviews, letters, theories and experimentations that one would expect to find in a publication that claims to be an issue of Emigre. It is not a complete collection of the writing that has been featured in a magazine known for its critical design writing for the past 25 years, or a greatest hits picture book. In the words of designer and editor Rudy...

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Victore or, Who Died and Made You Boss?

James Victore has never been one to mince words or images in his goal to communicate, and this book is no different. He starts by telling us that this book is not about graphic design, it is about ideas and opinions, more specifically, his ideas and his opinions. For better or for worse. “At a lecture I gave, a designer plaintively explained to me that while he wanted to do creative work, he had rent to pay. “Fuck rent!” was my loud response. To give a damn is a personal...

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