George Stiny

George Stiny is Professor of Design and Computation at MIT. He invented shape grammars in the late 1960’s and has been exploring their sweep in art and design ever since – including their remarkable connections with the Froebel Gifts and Categories in design teaching and practice. He is the author of Pictorial and Formal Aspects of Shape and Shape Grammars, Algorithmic Aesthetics: Computer Models for Criticism and Design in the Arts (with J. Gips), and Shape:Talking about Seeing and Doing. He is finishing his fourth book on how shape grammars include S. T. Coleridge’s famous distinction between FANCY and IMAGINATION, and Oscar Wilde’s critical formula to see things as in themselves they really are not.