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FORM+CODE Book + Giveaway [News]

FORM+CODE is the latest book by Casey ReasChandler McWilliamsLUST and published by Princeton Architectural Press. The book offers an insight into design by code used by designers, artists and architects to explore and derive to new ways of generating and translating ideas. Broken down into eight chapters, the book attempts to categorise different techniques used in creative code through both current work and historical references and precedents. It also acts as an introduction to anyone interested in this area or work providing both visual and code examples to get quickly started thinking about code as creative medium.

Whilst somewhat lacking theoretical point of view, FORM+CODE explores work through more practical application categorising and giving examples of different techniques. These include Repeat, Transform, Parameterize, Visualize And Simulate. Each one is further broken down to for example REPEAT; Qualities of Repetition, The Computer’s Talent, Modularity, Repetition Technique: Pattern, Repetition Technique: Recursion as well as offering actual code examples you can download from the website. It is a clear classification of most popular techniques used and although by no means comprehensive in describing the pieces it does acknowledge the body of work they each encompass. FORM+CODE is neither a technical guide and it does not provide tutorials or step by step directions to how any of these techniques work. The book is about the state of creative code now in reference to the past. It is a clear and elegant collection of ideas and pieces of work that have influenced, inspired and continue to incite new generations working with digital media. The book is also a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to learn code, not from the technical point of view but more as a reference to how the work is derived to. It is a collection of methods, their application and the possible output.

Casey and Chandler have done a wonderful job in collecting some of the most stunning work out there and LUST in assembling it. Whilst we have seen many books that offer step by step guides there have been very few if any that provide such an enjoyable collection of the work by artists, architects and designers using code in the work. Back to back it is filled with wonderful imagery and not just from the current era but images such as the one of Ivan Sutherland. Beautifully laid out with clear graphic distinction between the chapters and example pages makes it a wonderful read. Highly recommended!

Once the exclusive domain of programmers, code is now being used by a new generation of designers, artists, and architects eager to explore how software can enable innovative ways of generating form and translating ideas. Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture offers an in-depth look at the use of software in a wide range of creative disciplines. This visually stimulating survey introduces readers to over 250 significant works and undertakings of the past 60 years in the fields of fine and applied art, architecture, industrial design, digital fabrication, visual cinema, photography, typography, interactive media, gaming, artificial intelligence (AI), artificial life (a-life), and graphic design, including data mapping and visualizations, and all forms of new media and expression.

The book retails for $24.95 and is available for purchase from Amazon (US, UK).


We are also pleased to say that we have one copy of the book to giveaway. All you have to do is Tweet this and you will be entered in the random draw next friday. Read below for Rules and Information.

One lucky winner will be chosen next Monday (4th Oct).
Contest now closed! 270 Entries and random winner is: Edwin Beauchamp aka @sleepysleepyed
Make sure you are following @creativeapps as we will send you a DM if you are a winner.

Rules and information

  1. Postage and Packing included.

  2. Competition is open to everyone and anyone but you must be over 18 years of age. There will be a total of ONE winner for this competition.

  3. Winner will be selected by random.

  4. Winner will be contacted via email and will be asked to provide their full name and postal address. If they wish to pass on the book to another person, we will need their name and postal address. If the winner does not respond by the following Monday (11th Oct) we will pick another winner.

  5. Only one entry per person.

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