I am really interested in code being the universal language of design for our generation.  Through code we can generate complexity, setting up simple rule-based systems that can create very complex systems. Furthermore, code is a language.  It allows for us to share design through a common set of instructions.  It is code that will allow design to become universally accessible & universally malleable.  

With modernism, discreet systems produced a set number of combinations. In contrast, code can utilize mass production to be far more open-ended & universal. This is especially true when it is combined with 3D printing in a manufacturing process. Armed with that tool, code is actually capable of producing the variation that modernists could only dream of. 

 Open Fit lab is a great example of the power of code enabling customization.  In one night, they were able to codify the pattern-making process & create custom jeans within minutes.  However, these patterns still needed to be cut out of mass-produced textiles & sewn together.  The automation of that process is that next level of detail that 3D printing enables.  The textile itself is now represented through code.  Not only is the shape custom fit, but the actual textile is as well. Breathability, stretch, & translucency can all be customizable. 

The design of a t-shirt

Code allows for a universal design language.

Beyond just the fact that coding allows for the simulation of complex systems, & big data, Code allows for a universal design language, capable of creating & making anything.  Code is what will allow design to become universally accessible & universally malleable.  Let’s take two examples: 

If one were to design a t-shirt by cutting up fabric & stitching it together

Part of the Modernist ideals were about mass production, & using a discreet set of standardized parts reconfigured & recombined to create difference.