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Fifteen variations on a single theme

70 years ago the multi-talented German Max Bill made “Fifteen variations on a single theme”. The artwork is based on an equilateral triangle where the last side is used to make up a square, that makes up a pentagon, that makes up a hexagon, and so on. Jean-Pierre Hébert coined this shape Metagon – a regular, open, possibly infinite polygonal line developed in two or more dimensions following a serial rule of expansion.

Inspired by the work of Max Bill, Jean-Pierre Hérbert made his version, “One hundred views of a single theme”, and in that relation he also collected his predecessors work. Here’s an extraction:

Max Bill produced his series “Fifteen variations on a single theme” from mind, rule, compass, and traditional drawing instruments.

The theme:

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generative gestaltung

Reading old posts of Serial Consign, a blog about digital culture and information design, I came across this interesting generative layouts project.

The author is Benedikt Groß, at his website you get more information about generative strategies applied to graphic design and also find some InDesign scripting to play with.

He is also author, with Hartmut Bohnacker, Julia Laub and Claudius Lazzeroni, of Generative Gestaltung, a book published just in German at the moment. My German level is very very basic so I can’t wait for the English version.

Until now, designers used the tools developed for them by programmers, meaning that the persons doing the designing adapted themselves to the system. Generative design transforms design-schooled users of digital tools into programmers of their own individual digital toolbox. This opens up new visual vistas and fundamentally alters the design process.

Quoted from the publisher website (Verlag Hermann Schmidt), where you can sign in for the English version.


field

We have already published their work for AOL a few months ago.

All their work is truly generative with really engaging outcomes. Among their updates since last time we visit their website, Dokfest Lounge project catch my attention especially. Check their website.

They are giving a talk in London at the Glug BBQ at Cargo next Thursday, 22 May. Line up also includes Moving Brands, Mickey Stretton and Maverick Media. More info and tickets here.


decode V&A

Victoria and Albert Museum has commissioned the artist Karsten Schmidt to design a truly malleable, digital identity for the Decode exhibition by providing it as open source code. We are giving you the opportunity to recode Karsten’s work and create your own original artwork. If we love your work it might even become the new Decode identity.

Text quoted from Decode via FormFiftyFive. Image from toxi‘s Flickr.


laika

Laika

The first dynamic font ever? Let’s play around.

Thanks to Nano @ Zenblog


colour sucker

colorsukr

Colorsukr is an online application by Paul Burgess that generates colour palettes from images. An interesting tool worth looking at.


faber covers

Kosmicki

Using a logarithm from Ted Davis, Michael Kosmicki created this set of stunning covers for Faber & Faber.

Link to the Michael’s portfolio: http://www.hellosubsist.com/faber-film/

Thanks to TSA