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authors Seebohm, Thomas
year 1994
title Review of Transformation in Design: A Formal Approach to Stylistic Change and Innovation in the Visual Arts
source Terry Knight, Transformation in Design: A Formal Approach to Stylistic Change and Innovation in the Visual Arts, Cambridge University Press, 1994, 258 p.
summary Shape grammars are languages of two- and three-dimensional forms analogous to spoken languages. A great deal of attention has been centered on them as a basis for supporting design with computers. They are sets of rules which can be used to create families of visually related designs. Each design, in the family of possible designs that can be created by a set of rules, is generated by successively applying rules from the set to the current state of a design until no more rules are applicable. A rule may be applied if certain shapes specified by the rule exist in the current state of the design. After application of a rule, the specified shapes are substituted with one or more replacement shapes specified by the rule thereby adding, subtracting or modifying shapes in the current design. From a single initial state many alternative designs can be generated because there is usually more than one applicable rule at any stage.
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email tseebohm@fes.uwaterloo.ca
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