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Sunday, February 8 • 11:40am - 12:00pm
Teaching Bauhaus Vorkurs (Foundation Course) by Coding Graphics

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This paper aims at revealing the potential and pedagogical benefits of teaching basic design studio courses by employing algorithmic graphic programming techniques. It proposes a new pedagogical approach for Bauhaus model basic design education.

Procedural aesthetics in last decade became more and popular with the progress of open source communities such as Processing and data driven society. Paper includes a visual research of formal affinities in Bauhaus style basic design education (Bauhaus Vorkurs) and procedure driven aesthetics. The paper discusses the gems and hinders of computerisation of design education and proposes that, due to their structural character, algorithmic ways of digital graphic production are pedagogically more beneficial then common-use software which provides graphical user interfaces, for the foundation year.

In modern design education, the curriculum of most basic design studios are set as bare adaptations of Bauhaus, as put by Rudolf Arnheim: “The unification of comprehension and perception leads to visual thinking.” Teaching through visual thinking involves practice of principles such as unity/harmony, balance, hierarchy, scale/proportion, similarity, contrast, repetition by the use of elements such as line, colour, space and basic geometric shapes. Recently, increasing literalness in graphic coding languages, bridged the gap between the code and visible. Algorithmic procedures in graphic coding renders the application of principles such as repetition, order, hierarchy much more structured and easier. Also, adaption of parametric definition of colour, such as Munsell model, by programming platforms, facilitates the systematic application of colour in a relative context.

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Atif Akin

Assistant Professor, Rutger University

Sunday February 8, 2015 11:40am - 12:00pm
West 2 1111 8th Street San Francisco, CA 94107