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” There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” – Charles Darwin 1859
Shige not only generates wonderful digital creatures. He documents and shares his learning. He takes a simple block and modifies in Blender (open source 3D software) using python scripting. From simple beginnings ….
He demonstrates clearly the power of scripting for generating variations.
Introducing Learning Pages
This is our attempt to create interactive online tools that will enrich your learning experience. It will allow you to learn by interacting with design models. We hope that this will be a good way of understanding key concepts.
These are interactive demos developed in processing.
How very true. A very interesting article by Prof. Monica Ponce De Leon about the nature of digital design.
An enlighten view on creativity by Kirby Ferguson, who points out that “Nobody starts out original.” History shows us that a long line of inventors, artists, designers like Thomas Edison and Apple Computer follow the Remix formula for creativity: “copy, transform, combine ”
An interesting article by veteran silicone valley designer Gadi Amit
Simply put, the design education system today is failing many aspiring young students. Some of the design schools they’ve attended have no real design process education, while others have only process education. Many come from engineering programs that claim to be “design” programs. Lots have been taught some version of “design thinking,” but most of that is devoid of any cultural, aesthetic, or form intelligence. Most students can claim some familiarity with design research but few have any sense of design integration.
Academic design programs are crippled by blurry standards which are so vastly different from program to program that it is nearly impossible for me, as an employer, to have a reliable idea of what skills a student toting a design degree can be expected to possess.
Overall, the schools’ results are often a muddled mess, the end result of programs pulling in every direction, with no sense of focused common ground, no basic core curriculum in design.