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Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture (Design Briefs) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1568989377
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DOMENICO QUARANTA
Elegant as an algorithm, clear as a program, and as enthralling as a video game, Form+Code is a powerful tool, both as a tutorial and as an in-depth analysis of the aesthetics of the information age.

MICHAEL MEREDITH
Form+Code offers a concise overview of computation in artistic and design practices, but it isn't a textbook. It's filled with beautiful images but it isn't a coffee table book. It is a manual for those of us searching for alternative aesthetics and methods of creation. It provides views into other worlds which exist beyond the familiar.

LAUREN CORNELL
Form+Code illuminates creative possibilities for code across a wide range of fields, demonstrating its potential to enliven existing forms and build new models for expression for artists, designers, and architects alike.

KARSTEN SCHMIDT
This incredibly rich study of the history and possibilities of creating media through code is a must-have reference collection.

JOHN MAEDA
The nature of form in the digital age is trapped in the invisible realm of code. Form+Code makes that world visible to the community that stands to gain the most from it: artists and designers.

GREG LYNN
At long last, here is a publication that looks comprehensively at the contemporary digital medium with clarity, at its recent past and into the future. This book is filled with the most beautiful and intelligent images you can find in one book on digital design.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568989377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568989372
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Form + Code is a wonderful glimpse of how computation can be applied as art. The book does not delve into anything too deep so don't be expect pages of technical know how. This book shouldn't be skipped over by those who already know the technical concepts in this book as it is a really great example of simple computation being applied in interesting, engaging, and creative fashions. The designers from LUST and Reas make a great combination as not only is the content of the book interesting, but the design of the book is a treat to look at.

The source code also given in this book is wonderful for beginners to start understanding how actual code can be applied.
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I purchased this book for one of my college classes. I was really pleased that it was useful and pretty to look at. Every page is meaningful, and shows how coding is a form of art. I really enjoyed this book and the awesome pictures.
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A look at making math beautiful. This is an insightful read that doubles perfectly as a beautiful coffee table book.
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Many artists have turned to a new medium for expression: software Algorithmic processed allow artists to generate complex visual forms, and this volume offers a non-technical introduction to the history, theory and practice of using software to generate art. Themes and discussions allow artists to understand the code and features key to digital design processes in a pick recommended for computer and arts collections alike.
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Absolutely great book, full of inspiring examples and explanations. The briefs are long enough to captivate interest, but short enough to not bore the reader with unnecessary information. There's even quite a bit of modern art history within the book, which was great to see. On top of it all, there are sample codes available for download online, making this book an excellent buy.
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Very interesting book. It will give you lots of ideas. It will not go in depth on the various technologies or techniques but it does a great job with a top level overview to peak your interest.
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Really great introduction into generative ideas.
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I like the examples that he draws together. On the other hand, a very good introductory book for iron out the basic concept such as code, art, simulation, visualization etc. Easy reading as well.
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