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Creative Coding

Workshop Creative Coding at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE), January / February 2023

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ECTS points
Next start
Will soon be announced.
1 Week
Teaching language
Deutsch / Englisch
CHF 900.– (view fees)
Study mode

As graphic designers embraced the computer decades ago, the mouse became an extension of their hand and a tool to enable creativity in the digital domain. Since the mid 1990s, frameworks have made programming accessible for artists and designers to express themselves, a method commonly referred to as Creative Coding. Dynamic inputs such as chance, data and time, can be harnessed to modify elements of a layout, generate forms, and explore changes across every letter, word, paragraph and page of a book. With a few lines of code, one can quickly go beyond the possibilities of a mouse and embrace generative design. In this workshop we’ll explore basil.js, an open source library, which extends InDesign for creative coding in the spirit of Processing. Released by HGK FHNW Institute for Visual Communication/The Basel School of Design in 2013, basil.js empowers designers to create generative typography and data driven layouts among many other features. No coding experience is required. This workshop is aimed at introducing visual communication practitioners to a new way in which to use their existing tools.

Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE)

Visual communication is a tool of knowledge generation in its own right. Visualizations make things perceptible, imaginable and graspable.


Institute Digital Communication Environments IDCE

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Academy of Art and Design, Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE) High-rise: D 5.03 Freilager-Platz 1 CH - 4142 Münchenstein near Basel