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A way to make the computer seem intelligent. By using a random function, you can make computers to answer different when you ask the same question - just like humans.

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Type, design and automated layout, Atypi 2011

8 OKT 2011 // random / atypi / automated layout / magazine / mobile web / responsive layout
Saturday morning at the ATypI conference in Reykjavík Torben Wilhelmsen was on stage to talk about integrating type and design through templates into automated page layout for multi platform publishing such as magazines and blogs on computer, ipad and other mobiles.

This is not a logo

2 DEC 2009 // random / music / design / logo / the blue trompet / animation
The logo is not an element, a graphical form, but the character in the way it is exposed in various contexts. Thus, the logo is not a categorism any more, but a organism, a being. I was pleased at ‘Total Typographic Saturday’ in the end of october, as Tore Rosbo and Clea Simonsen from the design bureau 1508 presented the identity for Århus University.
I had seen it before, the new identity, in real life, and thought: Hey, ther’s something there ... Bauhaus typography, a typographic grachic solution. It worked, but there was something else as well.
And that something revealed itself, there in the middle of saturday afternoon: A logo generator, yes!

ATypI Copenhagen logo

18 FEB 2003 // random / design / atypi / automated layout / logo / typography / animation
We had the napkin with the notes from the galla dinner at ATypI in Leipzig 2000, Henrik Birkvig and I on the flight back to Copenhagen, and we knew that we, together with Kim Pedersen, were about to organize ATypI in Copenhagen the year after.
And already then we sketched the cliches for identity of the conference: Red-white, old-new – the font by Engelhardt that is used for street signs in Gentofte and an animated logo.
The title of the conference: ‘Looking at the future in the rear-view mirror’ came later, but it was almost in the cards from the flight back home.

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Fontc[art] Generator

20 OKT 2001 // javascript / random / typography
Everything that can’t be automated is design.
At the ATypI conference in Copenhagen 2001 Erik van Blokland, Letterror, made the statement that design is not to make one or more possible solutions of a certain task. Design is rather choosing the right one among all these possibilities. And since the making of the examples can be automated, why not do so – that is, make a tool – an application that can handle the job.
Fontc[art]Generator is a tool – written in javascript – that lets you define several parameters for designing a Fontc[art]. And out of these parameters generate several random examples. Then it's up to you, the designer, to choose (if any) the right one.
Torben Wilhelmsen
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