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ISBN-13: 978-1935182627 ISBN-10: 1935182625 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (July 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935182625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935182627
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Pearson is an artist, coder, and award-winning blogger based in Brighton, UK. His popular blog https://zenbullets.com/ recently won "best blog" at the DiMAS awards. Matt is also the creative force behind the 100 Abandoned Artworks Generative Art project https://abandonedart.org/, where you can see many examples of his work.


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Ultimately all exploring will have to be done by the reader/artist/coder.
Frederik Vanhoutte
Yes, this book is a good overview of the major themes in generative art and an excellent intro for techniques to generative art-making and Processing in general.
Joshua J. Noble
This book may be a little different than your average book on programming.
Jan Vantomme

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joshua J. Noble on September 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Yes, this book is a good overview of the major themes in generative art and an excellent intro for techniques to generative art-making and Processing in general. More importantly though, it's also filled with insights into the why's and how's of Mr. Pearsons own work and that of the work that he's writing about, which is just as important; understanding not just what a pretty graphic is, but what it models, how it relates to the world. I find this lacking in a lot of texts about generative art or computer art and it's one of the fundamental elements of understanding and creating your own generative artwork, the correlations between what we see on the screen and what we see in around and beyond it. Mr. Pearson not only codes well and makes pretty things but also thinks and writes quite clearly, and he puts all those skills to use here to tell a story of curiosity and its dividends.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Peyton on July 27, 2011
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I've read most of the books available on Processing, and Pearson's is unique in that it thoroughly covers the philosophical side of Genart, namely the struggle between chaos and order. Fantastic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert O'Rourke on July 14, 2011
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Buy this book if you are looking for something in between a coding manual, reference book, discussion of and a history of Generative Art. Matt has hit upon a good balance for those who find a pure programming book makes their eyes glaze over and want to understand the why aswell as the how. The book is structured so that the introduction is gradual without getting too heavy on the coding side of things for too long. After that the book deepens your understanding and teaches you some of the more complex and beautiful algorithms used in GenArt. Not only is it an informative an interesting read in its own right it is also a useful reference to come back to again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Levy on February 1, 2013
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I am a professional developer and I enjoy writing code, but at times the strict requirements, testing and strive for order and perfection can take some of the joy from creating something new. This book is great if you just want to play with code and see what happens when you embrace the weird side-effects that happen because of randomness, noise etc...

I suspect that this book is a great way to get people who are afraid of coding into playing with computers and writing software - and it is enjoyable if you just want to learn new techniques for drawing abstract art with code.

The book uses Processing which is not my favorite environment, but the concepts are simple enough and the writing is clear - and it was a non-issue to follow along in Javascript.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frederik Vanhoutte on August 4, 2011
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"generative art" is a highly personal account of one artist's path to creative coding, a travel guide for a huge, and increasingly trendy, territory. And like any good travel guide, it is not intended to be a rigorous, exhaustive overview. So don't expect a tedious overview of all things generative, or an elaborate programming manual of its language of choice, Processing. Matt shares with us the basics needed to survive and points out the major landmarks.
Aspiring artists and experienced coders alike will find valuable insights and new paths. Matt's refreshing approach, the book serves as a behind-the-screens look at the author's open source "100 Abandoned Artworks" project, makes for easy reading, quite unusual for a digital design/programming handbook.

Ultimately all exploring will have to be done by the reader/artist/coder. But I'll gladly take Matt Pearson's Bryson-like wit and accessible explanations as my faithful companions on further journeys.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Ekeberg on May 12, 2013
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Without doubt an excellent book, but not for the complete beginner. The beginner will be confused with the lack of explanations as to why things are so and the code jumps to advanced syntax very quickly. As a beginner myself I'll put this on the shelf for a while and come back to it in a few months time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel on April 13, 2013
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good graphics, useful information and examples

a great way to learn java language/processing

the book starts with the very simple and then increases dificulty

i dont like that it is printed in cheap paper...

be careful if you purchase it, verify that it contains a cd (mine didnt have it)

gabriel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan Vantomme on December 30, 2012
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This book may be a little different than your average book on programming. It doesn't start with the obvious computer science theory like functions and variables you would expect. The first chapter immediately dives into the world of generative art, teaches you some theory, and shows you art by by some key figures in today's generative art scene.

Chapter two was kind of boring for me, as it just teaches the basics of programming in the Processing language. But if you haven't programmed before, you'll definitely need this bit. It's written in clear, understandable language, and takes you through all programming concepts you need at a good pace before you can dive into the more complex stuff.

Starting with chapter three, the author turns it up a notch. Whereas other books briefly mention perlin noise, this book digs deeper into the subject, showing you how it can be used to deform lines and circles. I've learned a few new tricks reading these chapters. The book ends with traditional computer algorithms like fractals and cellular automata, and shows you how they can be used and adapted in a creative way.

This is a great book to learn a programming language by exploring how small changes can create a different visual output. You'll learn that the process in creating art is equally important as the output you create. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I hope you do too.
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