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<div class="main-cont"> <div class="campaign"> <span class="head">For the Love of Design</span> <div class="clearfix"> <div class="left"> <span><strong>Bimonthly Academic Newsletter</strong></span> </div> <div class="right"><span><strong>No. 2</strong> // November 2015</span></div> </div> </div> <div class="feat-img"> <img src="images/feat_frank-3d.jpg"> </div> <div class="section story"> <h1> <strong>Frankly Speaking:<br> </strong>Stringing Together Design and Technology</h1> <p class="center">By Frank Brault, Industry Product Specialist at Vectorworks, Inc. <br> </p> <span class="hr"></span> <p>Exploration is essential for the evolution of design. In the development of any design, there comes a point where the designer wishes to discover, “What are the possibilities within the parameters of what I’ve got so far?”</p> <p>Some aspects of design are best explored by the active imagination of the designer. With other design processes, like variation and mutation, you can employ a computer to great effect. Who isn’t aware of the impact of computers in nearly every aspect of our lives? Recently, I have been exploring the use of computers to aid in design with graphical scripting. </p> </div> <div class="section full-img"> </div> <div class="section story"> <p>While the use of computers in art and design has been around a long time, almost since the beginning of computers, many try to get the computer to produce art, rather than using it as a tool. For me, the best time to add computer tools like graphical scripting into the process is when I’ve already come up with the basic concept but need to explore variations to see if there are any cool mutations that I haven’t considered. Mostly, I’m concerned with evolving a form’s visual qualities, as opposed to the idea of generating a design concept outright.</p> <p>Within design fields such as architecture, landscape, and entertainment, there is an ever-evolving need for tools that create these variations by making short work of tedious tasks. At the moment, many young designers who I know adapt technology to help with design and documentation workflows, but they must still develop the necessary skills and thought processes to successfully integrate graphical scripting into their workflows. This technology will continue to evolve into more intuitive and easier-to-use tools, but designers who are beginning to use graphical scripting now are improving the way that design is done.</p> </div> <div class="section two-img clearfix"> <div class="img-sec left"> <div> <img src="images/3235095538_563cbda9d7_o.jpg"> </div> <span class="caption">CC Image courtesy of <a href="">Dear Computer</a> on Flickr</span> </div> <div class="img-sec right"> <div> <img src="images/3235095586_e370d015fb_o.jpg"> </div> <span class="caption">CC Image courtesy of Dear Computer on Flickr</span> </div> </div> <div class="section story"> <p>In studios across the world, computing and art are continuing to merge as design becomes more sophisticated and personal. Right now, the integration of computers with design is coming of age with the availability of a graphical scripting tool that is integrated directly into the Vectorworks design environment, Marionette, which progresses the concept of "design with computers" into new territory. Since graphical scripting will play a significant role in the workflows of the future, it’s important to get these tools into the hands of designers now, especially students. That way, they have opportunities to better explore variation as part of the design process. With a little more time, and a lot of playing with Marionette, I think that we will improve our work, as well as contribute to the evolving process of design.</p> <p>If you need some help getting started with Marionette, check out the <a href="StudenPortal-eNL_Detail_scriptingsurvival.html">column by my student</a> and intern, Helen, which is also in this issue of <em>For the Love of Design</em>. </p> <p class="button center"><a class="btn" href="StudenPortal-eNL_Detail_scriptingsurvival.html">Learn More</a></p> </div> <div class="section social"> <h3>Follow Frank</h3> <div class="social-icons"> <a href="" class="social facebook"></a> <a href="" class="social twitter"></a> <a href="" class="social youtube"></a> </div> </div> </div>