Chaos, Design and Creativity

  • John Lansdown


After briefly considering the role of randomness and unpredictability in science (which has a longer history than is sometimes thought), this paper goes on to look at randomness as a generative element in modelling artistic creativity. In particular, the visual aspects of chaotic functions and Iterated Function Systems (IFSs) are introduced. Consideration is given to the way in which IFSs might be used to facilitate a special method of designing—by so-called procedural modification. The paper concludes with an example of such use to create variations on one of the decorative designs by Scottish architect C.R. Mackintosh.


Cellular Automaton Chaotic Function Iterate Function System Linguistic Model Collage Theorem 
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