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It is an essential reference book for designers, visual artists, architects,
researchers and mathematicians. From the simplest grids made up entirely of
squares to the most complex irregular ones with infinitely unpredictable patterns
of growth, the book itself is a work of art.
All visual information and forms, whether illustration, graphic design, painting
or architecture are compromised of two dimensional grids and patterns, much
like the way that computer information is made up of zeroes and ones. Based
upon years of research, artist and musician Carsten Nicolai has discovered and
unlocked the visual code for all visual systems into a systematic equation of
grids and patterns.
A CD accompanies the book and contains all of the grids and patterns featured
in the publication as editable vector graphic data files. This multifunctional and
universal tool can be used effortlessly on virtually any platform, operating system
and graphics software such as Autodesk and Adobe Illustrator, and applied
to every field of visual culture. Grid Index can be used to map out the underlying
grids of any single image or form and to create recurring geometrical grids in
One of the most renowned German contemporary artists, Carsten Nicolai has continued
to work at the intersection of art and science. He has exhibited internationally
at Documenta X, the Venice Biennale and New National Gallery, Berlin. He
has also released albums and staged performances with Ryuichi Sakamoto at the
Guggenheim, New York, San Francisco MoMA and CentrePompidou, Paris.
With Grid Index, he has unlocked our world by formulating a universal index of
the foundations of visual language. Comparable to Ernst Haeckl's Art Forms of
Nature, this book is an indispensable tool for designers and scientists or anyone
interested in the basic structure of the visual world.
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