Algorithmic thinking with processing at Central Saint Martins

We assisted in designing a ‘work-in-progress’ workshop about algorithmic thinking with Phillip Kent and Brock Craft from Central Saint Martins. The workshop focused on how to think in ways that draw on mathematical concepts to create computational procedures that can be expressed as computer programs.

We invited participants to learn the basics of working with Processing and introduced a selection of types of algorithms. We used the Processing programming language because it is well-suited to the kinds of projects and tasks which are of interest to design and communication.

The main part of the workshop involved a programming project to design and develop a program that applied algorithmic ideas to an aspect of design of participants’ own choosing and interest.

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Dynamic processing sketch inspired by Bridget Riley’s 1960s op art, By Phillip Kent