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My essay "Learn to Code vs. Code to Learn: Creative Coding Beyond the Economic Imperative" is now available online > silviolorusso.com/publication/

The essay was originally published in the book "Graphic Design in the Post-Digital Age", which includes 20+ interviews with amazing designers and creative coders such as @raphael :unwanted_fire:

thx to @rra, @cmos4040, @mara, @sejo for precious feedback :unwanted_love:

@entreprecariat @raphael @rra @cmos4040 @mara @sejo

Good essay. I liked the summary of the "Learn to code" mockery.

I also liked the juxtaposition between "learn to code" and "code to learn".

The latter makes me think of the notion of imbuing your activity with "quality" from Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.

Coding on open source software, for fun and the sake of it and not due to some economic imperative has for me some element of coding to learn instead of learning to code.

@entreprecariat Much enjoyed the essay! I was especially intrigued by the mention of the idea of the »workshop« - that theme has followed me for a while now, in the form of a romanticized fantasy of escaping the alienation of the development trade (in my case very much fueled by portrayals of artisans in their workshops in countless ARTE documentaries I watched over the years). Now just recently I had some kind of an epiphany that the »workshop« is really mostly a metaphor my brain resorts to - that a bare table with a computing device on it can be both a faceless factory or an artisan's workshop - if the practice makes it so. Now the computing industry is still a turbocapitalist factory at large of course, but at least I realized that I don't need to turn to physical crafts to escape the alienation. Everything I need, everything I can be, is already here. And thus, to close the circle, I'm happy to see the sentiment and notion reappear in your essay. \(^ヮ^)/

@freebliss dear Simon, thanks for the kind words and for taking the time to read the essay. I totally dig this idea of workshop/laboratory as a metaphor (which can be as well literalized) of a place of praxis belonging to someone and offering them a sense of belonging in return :) I owe this idea to my friend Roberto Arista who developed it further here: pythonfordesigners.com/chapter

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