“When I looked at ripples on water and cracks in the ground, the annual rings of trees and ridges on mountain ranges, I saw that beautiful shapes created by nature have a certain regularity – in much the same way that a repeated line drawn by an algorithm can become an artwork.”
Nature/Code/Drawing is a reimagining of nature, depicted through the lens of generative art. Showing a vast array of subjects – from rocks and tree stumps, to mountain crests and water – Hiromasa Fukaji takes Junichiro Horikawa's algorithms and brings them into the physical world via the use of a plotter. The result is an expressive collection of artworks where nature and technology intersect.
The publication features an augmented reality application, making it possible to watch the generation process behind all of the graphics.
About the authors
Hiromasa Fukaji is a designer and graphic researcher born in 1990 in Osaka. Today he conducts research centred around plotter drawing. He has received numerous awards, including Cannes Lions, The One Show, New York TDC Award and D&AD Award. Representative exhibitions include ‘UNCONTROLLED TYPES by Plotter Drawing’ (2017, Shibuya Hikarie 8, co-organised by SHA inc.), ‘Looking at Paper through Drawing’ (2019, Book&Design), ‘4D DRAWING’ (2021, TIERS GALLERY/Page Gallery, co-organised by Shoya Dozono). @hiromasafukaji
Junichiro Horikawa, born in 1984 in Tokyo, Japan, is a graduate of Columbia University. He has been researching forms generated by algorithms for many years, inspired by geometry and natural ecology. He regularly uploads live tutorials and videos on algorithmic design on YouTube. He has received awards from The One Show and the Japan Media Arts Festival. He is the author of Parametric Design with Grasshopper and Algorithmic Design with Houdini. @horikawa.j
Product descriptions Cover with special silver Pantone ink. Each of the artworks has extra content accessible with a free AR app Size 30 x 21 cm Softcover, saddle stitch 32 pages including cover Price €30 + shipping worldwide
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TDC Typographic Excellence Award Nature/Code/Drawing from @Hiromasa_Fukaji, is the winner of a typography award at the TDC competition! Established in 1953, the TDC awards are the longest running, most prestigious, global typography and type design competition. Now in its 69th year, these awards are all about how letterforms are used and drawn, recognizing typographic excellence and celebrating new typeface designs in all global languages.