publication . Thesis . 2018

Making Rules, Making Tools: How Can Shape Grammar Support Creative Making?

Maclachlan, Lynne;
Open Access English
  • Published: 27 Feb 2018
Design theory has previously studied the practices of architects, industrial designers and engineers. Designer-makers, designers who work independently, designing and making objects with close attention to tools and materials, have not been similarly studied. A renewed interest in craft and making, in part catalysed by new computational and digital fabrication tools at designer’s disposal, strengthens the case for studying successful design-through-making processes. An analogy between rules transforming shapes and tools transforming material provided the initial indication that concepts from shape grammar could be aligned with making processes, to potentially su...
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