Hello fellow designer
parametric by design is here to make you a better designer or, at least, to expand your skill set. Parametric design is a design approach that combines problem abstraction, computation, and creativity. To cover the conceptual basics, continue with What's parametric?.
Parametric design, in its most powerful form, involves writing algorithms. This might sound scary, but visual programming can be used to get an easier access. parametric by design uses Grasshopper for Rhino to illustrate this way of designing. But the concepts apply to any kind of geometry related coding. It’s best if you are already familiar with a CAD environment and have some knowledge of technical drawings.
Besides the main article What's parametric?, the section Explanation further illuminates and discusses particular topics. It’s meant to provide theoretical knowledge and to help you understand parametric design and its context.
The Grasshopper tutorials teach how parametric design can be used in practice and start your journey to become a parametric designer. They provide hands-on examples to follow along and you learn how projects are set up in a parametric environment. Learning is doing, and with this in mind, each tutorial focus on introducing a new skill or extending an existing one.
The Grasshopper how-to guides will help you solve particular problems that you might encounter while crafting algorithms. The guides are sorted by functionality and a growing library of reusable code snippets for experienced designers.
Now, let’s go and design something!