The Visual Communication Design programme at Aalto University (VCD) is an international learn- ing community committed to investigating new modes of action within visual communication. This archive was established in 2020 as a means to document and share the activity and work of the programme.

Creative Computation for Visual Communication Design


The objective of the course was to introduce creative computation as a practical and experimental method for visual communication design. During the course, students analysed the rule-based aspects of established design practices, as well as devised generative visual outcomes using JavaScript and the p5.js library. The course also provided a critical context for discussing the aesthetic and ethical implications of contemporary computational methods. Throughout the course, students were encouraged to adopt a hands-on, bottom-up approach where the creation of autonomous processes leads to unexpected outcomes.


The final projects under the theme “Digital tools for artisans of today” offer various insights to the following questions: What kind of digital tools might we need as contemporary practitioners? Does crafting our own tools empower us as creative professionals? How can we employ computation in our design practices to automate processes, solve problems or generate novel ideas?







Qi Chen
Aleksandra Czupryna
Iiris Halme
Ayano Honda
Emma Johansson
Strahinja Jovanovic
Stella Keppo
Annukka Laine
Annika Leppäaho
Anna Mäkelä
Hilla Mäkelä
Tuuli Ollikainen
Leonardo Passuello
Pauline Peeters
Mihkali Pennanen
Aliisa Perikangas
Oona Raadelma
Aino Salonen
Iina Silventoinen
Federico Simeoni
Johanna Tenström
Otso Teperi
Sanni Wessman


Course teacher: Eevi Rutanen