The word Automation only dates back to the 1940’s, when machines were created to manufacture and produce at a rapid pace. However, the word seems a bit threatening, as it takes away the human or hand element and the opportunity for chance or mistakes. Things that were once a trade or craft, like typesetting on a press, are done in seconds with a computer program. Yet automation creates new vernaculars or styles and can ultimately makes design easier. If you search online, there is a generator for almost anything—band names, abstract art, or even artist manifestos. There is a Dadaist spirit in all of this, to perhaps bring chance back into design, which is the constant in human existence.








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