In Spring 2012, I was invited to give at the Basel School of Design a computational design workshop. The little twist was, that I was asked to tailor the workshop specifically towards poster, book and editorial design. As the Basel School of Design has a long and outstanding tradition in print design, I was really keen to see what potentially could emerge from the combination of computational design and the Basel School of Design print practice.
In the debriefing Ludwig Zeller, Michael Renner, Ted Davis and myself had the feeling that we should try to lift up my little proof of concept to a proper library/toolkit. So we did that. It took us a while, but after nine months of development basil.js was released under the MIT License on February 2013.
The project was realized in collaboration between Visual Communication Institute / The Basel School of Design, Stefan Landsbek (47Nord) and myself. Furthermore the project had fantastic contributors from Frank Weiprecht / Jörg Koch (be:screen GmbH ) and Philipp Adrian.
I am looking forward to see what other people will do with basil.js.