Python for Visual Designers


Designers use tools to help us get our work done, but we rarely consider
how much these tools can box us in to certain processes and solutions
in our work. Creating our own tools can lead us down new and unexpected
avenues in our designs: some of the best visual ideas can come about by
setting up some boundaries — a color palette, a typeface or two — and
then running wild within the system. And working out a system in code is
a great way to explore these ideas: computers love repetition and can
quickly make hundreds of variations on a theme, and mistakes in the code
can result in something that often looks better than what was
originally intended.

With no programming experience necessary, workshop participants will
learn the basics of the Python programming language while working in the
free DrawBot application for
MacOS. A quick sketch made with code in DrawBot can be saved as a PDF as
a starting point to be finished later in Illustrator, or, with a little
bit more work in the code editor, an entire book, magazine or animation
can be built without even launching Illustrator or InDesign.

Using the fundamentals of the Python programming language, students will
sketch to create vector art with code and use the basic principles of
design to turn their sketches into PDF zines and animated gifs.

    Required Materials

  • A Laptop with macOS 10.9 (Mavericks) or newer
  • A fast enough internet connection for video calls

This class will be held online. Class size will be limited to 16
student to insure plenty of one on one feedback during the course.

Registration for this class will open on September 8 for the public if there are places available. Please join the mailing list for updates and reminders about classes, workshops, and free lectures.

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