Archive for the ‘Drawbot’ Category

Drawbot (3.O)

February 2, 2007

OK! It’s not very sharp but you can sort of imagine what it’s does. You can’t animate with Drawbot but you can take screen shots and then use them with Quicktime or Imovie. Here I have drawn an upper case alphabet following the classical proportions. I can apply all sorts of effects to the skeleton of the letters. In this case I simply applied circles to create a very tastful retro-futuristic font.


Drawbot (2.0)

November 6, 2006

Me and Drawbot aren’t getting along so well but at least I am trying to make some “designy” things with it. It makes it more bareable. Ex-t]m student will definitely know what I mean.


Neither digital nor analog

October 3, 2006

Drawbot and calligraphy are quite different things. One is concerned with translating computer commands —or is it bits?— into shapes and the other is rather more ancient and relies only on your old fashion arm and hand to generate shapes.

Frankly I suck at Drawbot and I am not that great at calligraphy either. This makes for a bad combination because you feel at once stupid and clumsy. Too much of both becomes a dangerous cocktail of headaches and arm cramps.

All these new activities make me realize that I am part of that very short generation of designers who can’t use a pair of scissors and are scared of their own computers.

In the past there was a generation of designers who learned to cut and stick letters together with illustrations and photographs. These guys liked to get their agile hands dirty. There was no hope for you in the design field if you had two left hands.

Soon there will be an army of young designers who program their own softwares, fix their own computers and turn buildings into giant Tetris game.

Well, maybe I fantasize a bit about the past and the future but I really believe that right now there is a whole bunch of designers out there whose best computer trick is to use command-Z.

Drawbot (1.0)

September 20, 2006


If you’re looking for a slow start you will be disappointed. Our first lesson on Monday morning was an introduction to Drawbot. This application will not frightened the veteran programmers. However, if like me you’re a complete novice you’ll regret not paying attention in math classes at school.

We are learning this application to introduce us to the programming language Python. This language is used in Fontlab and I guess it will be handy later when generating fonts. What’s good about Drawbot is the way you can easily generate graphics with a few lines of code. It’s a rewarding feeling for designers to be able to look at the result of their efforts. The graphics you generate with Drawbot can be exported in PDF and other standard formats or you can simply “drag & drop” in Illustrator. Drawbot is somehow quite limited, you can’t animate the graphics and you can’t generate 3D graphics. I shouldn’t worry about the limitations for moment since all I can do is turn it on and off.