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Better Nouveau workshops are dedicated to computational strategies applied to design. They are intensive courses in which research and education deal straight on with generative design, interaction design, digital fabrication and physical computing. A place for creative trouble/makers.

Better Nouveau is not only an independent design label but also a learning hub: not a traditional school, but a place where new design communities can meet, share, and engage with the computational medium’s creative lingoes and innovative technologies. We have started two series of workshops:

Tabula Rasa
Hands-on workshops directed to students and professionals who wish to explore the use of generative strategies within their practice of design for the first time. Tabula Rasa loves 'learning by doing', contamination, systems and data. And can’t help but lay both hands on it all.
Let’s start over, for real. First of all by learning to build, not just use.


Design Today
A series of longer workshops, aimed at students and design professionals willing to dive deeply into a specific topic through the use of computational media.
Design Today requires the ability to think bottom-up, inoculate viruses, observe systems, analyze data, spy on nature, doubt mathematical laws.
Its goal: to make different experiences and skills collaborate on the creation of a concept, according to new paradigms and processes.

Past workshops:

With Massimo as your guide, you'll learn to create your very own PCB (printed circuit board): we'll start from schematics, create the layout and make a real prototype on-site, with a low-cost CNC mill.

Teacher: Massimo Banzi (co-founder of Arduino)
References: www.arduino.cc | www.rolanddg.com | www.cadsoftusa.com
When: February 17-18-19, 2012
Where: Turin
Duration: 2.5 days
Language: Italian / English
Requirements: Previous experience with Arduino and electronics

Keywords: arduino | physical computing | digital fabrication | printed circuit board | cnc | printed circuit board | milling | rapid prototyping | cad | iModela | roland

Teacher: Alessandro Capozzo, Abstract-codex
References: www.openframeworks.cc
When: January 20-21-22, 2012
Where: Turin
Duration: 2.5 days
Language: Italian
Requirements: Previous experience with scripting or programming

Keywords: creative coding | openframeworks | computational design | c++

Teacher: Emanuele Lomello
References: www.cycling74.com | www.arduino.cc
When: November 11-12-13, 2011
Where: Turin
Duration: 2.5 days
Language: Italian
Requirements: None

Keywords: interaction design | audio | arduino | tinkerkit | max-msp | controllers | audio | firmata

Teacher: Andrea Graziano
References: www.grasshopper3d.com
When: July 8-9-10, 2011
Where: Torino
Duration: 2.5 days
Language: Italian
Requirements: None

Keywords: Generative Modeling | Grasshopper | Rhinoceros | Digital Fabrication | Lasercut

This workshop investigates the design of a video mapping project in a scenario where space, 3D video and real-time contents interact with each other.

Teachers: Roberto Fazio (Roberto Fazio Studio), Riccardo Mongelluzzo (ToDo)
When: July 6-7-8, 2012
Where: Turin
Duration: 2.5 days
Language: Italian
Requirements: Previous experience with basic 3D modeling

Keywords: projection mapping | 3D | Cinema 4D | video editing | Processing | texturing | lighting

Teacher: Frederik De Bleser, Tom De Smedt (NodeBox, Experimental Media Research Group), Paolo Ciuccarelli, Donato Ricci, Michele Mauri (DensityDesign research lab), Lorenzo Benussi (guest lecture on open-data)
References: NodeBox Team | DensityDesign
When: December 12-17, 2011
Where: Turin
Duration: 6 days
Language: English
Requirements: Participants will be selected based on their portfolio and on the specific skills they can bring to the table.

Keywords: data visualization | infographic | datasets | NodeBox | computational design | python | web mining | open-data | open-source

Keywords: Creative coding | Sound Reactive | Processing | Computational design | Java