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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Lupton, Ellen. Thinking with type: a critical guide for designers, writers, editors, & students /. Ellen Lupton. Pangramme: learning type design tries to make a panorama of actual student type design. A jury, composed of five professional type designers with thorough. princeton architectural press. new york a critical guide for designers,. w r i t e r s, editors. & students ellen lupton type thinking with.

Created by Ben Fry and Casey Reas, Processing is a programming language for the electronic arts and visual design community. With Processing 1, designers can create posters, typography, information visualization, interactive design, motion graphics, non-linear animation, and so on. The use of coding in Processing helps designers to extend and explore their creativity through algorithm-based and library-oriented numbers.

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I then added a semicontrolled mouse event, mousePressed, into my code that, whenever one clicked and dragged on screen in Processing, created logical, but visually unexpected and fresh, intricate pattern designs, using only circles. I was fascinated by the semi-randomness and the complexity generated by ellipse and mousePressed in Processing, since it was original. This was my first time using Processing rather than my habitual application tools such as the Adobe software packages.

This work, written by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips in collaboration with MICA students, presents a study of the fundamentals of form and ideas in a critical, logical way, and is inspired by contemporary media, theory and software systems 2.

When I read the draft version, I intuitively realized that it would be very helpful and practical for graphic designers and students majoring in graphic design, since new manuals that reflect contemporary trends in this field are needed.

At MICA, all of my classmates were visually outstanding, professional graphic designers, so I thought about how I could use my particular skills and expertise to contribute to the book. At precisely the right time, Ellen Lupton recommended Processing to me.

With a bachelor of science degree in computer science from South Korea, I did not find understanding the syntax of Processing seriously challenging, but exploring new creative ways with Processing would have been considerably harder at the beginning, if I had not met Jennifer Cole Phillips, who is associate director of the graphic design graduate program at MICA.

During the graphic design graduate studio with her in spring , my task was to generate typographic pattern designs with computer programming languages such as Processing, as part of the research for Graphic Design: The New Basics. I later successfully created several experimental patterns in Processing, but, at the beginning, I had no idea of how to start.

But her instructions clarified it for me. They were clear and simple: choose one letter, and then duplicate, move, repeat, rotate, overlay, scale, invert, cut and randomize with that one letter.

Then I selected the most interesting one: each branch on the letter Y would become a smaller Y for any number of iterations with the same rotating angle. To visualize my sketch in Processing, I found a perfect algorithm, Binary Tree—a tree data structure in which each node has at most two offspring branches. X1 and Y1 indicate the starting position values of the two offspring from each node.

X2 and Y2 show the end position values of the two offspring from each node.

Level indicates how many nodes will emerge. Angle represents the value of the angle that spreads out from each node. Ysystem was logically duplicated, rotated and overlapped by using these six parameters and then the distinct visual patterns were created. The project she introduced was to choose two words and express their meanings. I wanted to explore the expression of these two words with freehand lines by reinterpreting traditional hand drawing-based calligraphy in new code-driven calligraphy with Processing.

To visualize my idea in Processing, I was advised by Dr. Ge Jin, who specializes in graphics within computer science.

He recommended that I find a related algorithm a logical sequence in computer science and libraries—a collection of sub-programs used to develop software in Processing. Geomerative is a library for Processing that helps forward the tasks of handling vectorial shapes such as the font used 3. It is constructed using public fonts such as Arial and Times Roman as seed fonts with basic shapes such as lines, circles, curves, and so on. To draw the form of Tension and Fear, I chose a simple font style, Arial, as the seed font.

Through working with variables, I could reinterpret the forms of Fear and Tension. It showed me the possibilities how hand drawing-based calligraphies could innovatively create a new dimension of textual typography with Processing 4.

Examples of Caligraft and use of the library can be found and downloaded at www. As a teaching intern for Graphic Design MFA Studio in the spring of , I also assisted my classmates on several interactive typography projects. I also developed several letter sets by using Caligraft as tutorial samples.

Most of my experimental typography has been included in Graphic Design: The New Basics, as was my initial wish. At the beginning of this project, I wondered if graphic designers would want to use my codes as tutorial sources.

I hope that it will help extend their application tools beyond the expensive major computer graphic tools, such as the Adobe packages, which rely on a graphic user interface system, to the free Processing language, which is based on directing coding. He told me that my tutorial for typography with Processing would be the number one request from designers.

All of the other Processing-related tutorials and examples are, I believe, programmer oriented, so it is still not easy for artists and designers to get into the language.

These tools may help designers create specific visual effects, but have made visual design routine and unimaginative, with graphic designers just relying on them. So I hope that my readers will use my code as a reference to create their own codes, rather than simply leaning on my tutorial examples. I presented my elementary tutorials for students and gave them a project—create three designs using at least two of these functions in Processing: repeat, rotate, move and random.

Therefore, I believe that Processing should be at least a one-semester course in the upper-level classes of graphic design programs or in the freshman classes of graphic design programs for graphic design majors, who are more open to learn new creative ways.

In that first semester, students would learn how to visualize their ideas by using the basic and essential syntax of Processing, formulating their own defined statements and using algorithms and libraries. In a possible second semester course, students would learn how to animate their visual designs and make them interactive for other means of communication by using microprocessors, sensors, microphones, video and Web cameras, and so on.

Graphic designers may ask why they should have to learn Processing, because they may be happy enough utilizing Adobe and other packages. Creative Code. John Maeda. Thinking with Type. Ellen Lupton. I have been lucky enough to have two dear collaborators, Viviana Cordova and John P.

Corrigan, on this book. I invited John to be managing editor and designer and Viviana to be a co-author. As managing editor and designer, John delivered coherent and consistent guidance, whenever Viviana and I were staggering in unclear directions among all the typography, motion graphics and interactivity for the book. He created all of the beautiful layouts and reinterpreted all of the letters generated by Processing into a meaningful and organized typography.

As a co-author, Viviana developed parts of the basic chapter and wrote the description in the book for graphic designers. Also, she created the book cover design by using my three-dimensional typographic tree. We invited Kate Harmon as a Web site designer, at the final stage of this project. Now this book is out of my hands. I hope that it will help graphic designers learn the practice of code-driven typography with Processing, as well as guide them in exploring new ways of visual creativity.

The software installation is self-explanatory. Processing is user friendly, and it has an interface similar to a Notepad text editor interface, with the addition of menu properties such as Run to display and Stop to stop. Traditional software has many tools already embedded in the program, often as icons, that automatically perform certain functions intuitively—for example, drawing, selecting and dragging a virtual textbox by using the arrow tool and the mouse.

The result is that the designer has total control of the canvas document. Whereas, Processing functions operate in a lower level interface—you need to write code that enables you to access its library, which contains examples using the Processing language. With this in mind, you are ready to begin your first sketch file. Go into the File menu at the top and choose New. Once your file is saved—by going again to File and choosing Save—you will have a. Inside your sketch, you can start writing code by choosing an example from any of the chapters in this book.

The code structure in Processing is the same for any execution. It begins by loading a typeface, specifying the size of the file, adding determined functions such as color, background, foreground, position, text and others.

The structure order does not change, but its infinite options, determined by functions and numerical values, create rich, and sometimes unexpected, visual results. A new method of visualization and communication has arrived: simply by using the code functions of Processing, we can create work that looks as if it has been painstakingly designed. We will be creating letters and patterns from letters.

Always remember, adding a value inside any function results in the form of the letters being altered. The examples in this book use letters to define values.

Using mathematical formulas gives us the power to gain different results according to the variables used. By using functions combined with math formulas, and even algorithms, we are able to design visual graphics with Processing code.

Once you have mastered the examples, you can combine them and come up with a whole new visual result. The more you practice and explore various results by testing and previewing your work, the more control you will have over your Processing file. Designers are able to explore their own creativity using code-driven applications such as Processing, which help create experimental typography.

You can simply start by choosing a function and use a value or variable. After writing your code inside your sketch and saving your existing file, you can play it with Run, which is the first option on the left in the main menu of the sketch. A window will open showing the final representation of what you have done so far using your code. To find more guidance in terms of functions, please visit www. It can be used to express information visually in the form of art installations, academic exercises, posters, video games, animation and music videos.

Processing files have a.

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In addition, the program is suitable for those who want their work to be printed in high resolution, because files can be opened in Adobe Illustrator.

Once the file has been exported into a vector-based environment, it can be saved as an. In programs such as Illustrator, users are able to adapt the shape and size of the design and make any other changes they desire. In addition, an international online Processing community has been growing strongly in recent years. The language and its users have benefited from this burgeoning group of talented artists, designers and developers who are sharing their knowledge by publishing online tutorials and a resource-filled blog at www.

Processing provides a library, processing. The vectorbased PDF can be scaled to any size and output at very high resolutions.

It provides open possibilities for graphic designers, who need high-resolution images for print-based publication design. Cheng takes a very complex subject and through a simple design approach and a clear, concise, and informative writing style combined with extraordinarily complementary diagrams and specimens, renders it completely comprehensible. A very well done and handsome book and an invaluable reference destined to be considered a classic in the field.

Literally tackling the subject letter by letter, this treatment offers an invaluable perspective on what needs to be considered in creating a typeface that meets the standards established over the centuries. Clear and concise, with excellent, uncluttered illustrations, this is the kind of book that designers will want to keep close at hand and one that could become a standard reference in the field.

Highly recommended for any collection with an interest in printing or graphic design. Of particular interest are [Cheng's] students impressive attempts to design their own typefaces. Even if one is not a diehard type enthusiast, this is such a strikingly beautiful book that the journey from cover to cover will be well worth the effort. For a practical approach to designing letters today, Designing Type may be the most useful single tool available.

It looks like a book that will have a long life. Berry, Arcade Magazine "This book provides a meticulous guide to the technical aspects of creating fitting fonts.It looks like a book that will have a long life. Graphic designers may ask why they should have to learn Processing, because they may be happy enough utilizing Adobe and other packages.

So I hope that my readers will use my code as a reference to create their own codes, rather than simply leaning on my tutorial examples. At the highest level in the context of Latin-script fonts , one can differentiate Roman, Blackletter, and Gaelic types. What started as a page simple guide to best practice with pixels and Photoshop has grown into handbook number 3 - a whopping page designer bible.

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If you want to eliminate unwanted distractions from your websites, this book hopes to help you out. This is a sort of continuation of his previous book Bootstrapping Design now discontinued , in which he collects all of his previous essays into one, free ebook.

A window will open showing the final representation of what you have done so far using your code.

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