With the advent of programming platforms aimed at designers and artists, a new way of working emerged, where the formulation of processes in software became the predominant method. But most of these platforms now focused solely on generative processes where the production of imagery was delegated to such software agents.
Scriptographer.org, launched in 2002 by Jürg Lehni and continuously developed since, takes a different approach. By nesting itself into Adobe Illustrator, a software that is already part of the daily workflow of many designers, it combines both methods and allows for a symbiotic relationship between conventional ways of working and the new possibilities offered by programming.
In a series of workshops held by Jürg Lehni and Jonathan Puckey at the ECAL University of Design in Lausanne, Switzerland from 2008 to 2011, this work method was repeatedly tested and improved.
Jürg Lehni, Jonathan Puckey
Jürg Lehni (Lucerne, 1978), studied at ETH Zurich, Hyper Werk Basel and ECAL Lausanne. He lives and works in London. Working collaboratively across different disciplines, his work often deals with the notion of tools and the potential of industrial and technological processes. This interest has lead to projects in various fields, a partnership with the Swiss type foundry Lineto.com and a research residency at Sony’s SET Laboratory, Tokyo. He has lectured and conducted workshops at Yale University School of Art; The Gerrit Rietveld Academy; ECAL Lausanne and The Royal College of Art, London. Recent exhibitions include Things to Say, Kusnthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland; A Recent History of Writing and Drawing, ICA, London; Design and the Elastic Mind, MoMa, New York.
Jonathan Puckey (Amsterdam, 1981) is an independent graphic designer living and working in Amsterdam. More often than not, his work involves a mix between programmed automation and the intuition of the designer. He plays with the inherent limitations of print design and the perceived limitless possibilities of programming. He is one of the founding members of Conditional Design, a design manifesto for artists and designers that focuses on designing processes instead of final results. He currently teaches interactive design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and is a critic in graphic design at the Yale University School of Art.