I must say that in the 21 years that I have being teaching, for the most part, I have been unusually blessed in my students, both undergraduate and graduate – but especially graduate. I do not have a lot of them, since I have a bit of a reputation for being a hard-ass when it comes to thesis writing: Although I supervise design projects, I still expect every graduate student who works with me to write a righteous, well referenced thesis that explains and substantiates their thesis project. So, few tend to take the bait. But those who do so, usually turn out remarkable work.
And none more remarkable than Deniz Cem, who developed an evolutionary graphic design system based upon Darwinian theory as his thesis project. Not only did he conceive of the idea and its interface, did a tremendous amount of research related to the theoretical premises of the work, but he also sat down and learned the programming language Processing and actually developed the code that makes the system run.
For several years Cem hesitated publishing Graphagos since he was worried about plagiarism. And justifiably so – the project is one that is innovative enough to whet the appetites of a lot of bad guys out there who may want to hijack it and profit from it. Although this concern is very real and still valid, he has now finally made it public and I am absolutely thrilled to share it. Read more