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Coding: Much more creative than you think

Thought coding was all maths and algorithms? Think again; CodeClan talk us through the creative side of things

Coding is just for nerds who like maths and algorithms, right? Wrong. Coding has now found its way into nightclubs, schools, live events and design studios. At CodeClan, we believe that creativity and logic go hand in hand in programming. Here are just a few examples of creative projects that rely on coding...


“I was at an Algorave recently at Glasgow Art School, which was excellent,” says Claire Quigley, project officer for CoderDojo Scotland, part of a global collaboration that provides free coding clubs for young people.

“Basically someone types code live in a club, and music is generated from the algorithms. It uses Sonic Pi, a live coding synth that lets you make music, which can be used anywhere really. There’s this image of coding as being boring, or not creative, which in reality isn’t true at all. Coding is basically a tool to help you do what you want, so if you’re interested in music, art, fashion, storytelling - anything really - coding might be a way to help you solve certain problems, and build devices. A lot of people might be surprised at just how many creative uses there are for coding.”


Twine allows you to write interactive fiction, a bit like the Choose Your Own Adventure series that was popular in the 1980s and 1990s.


MaKey MaKey - An Invention Kit for Everyone from jay silver on Vimeo.

Makey Makey is an invention kit, suitable for children or adults, which uses alligator clips to turn everyday objects into computer controls, so you could turn bananas into keys on a piano, for example.


One of many drawing apps now available for smartphones and other devices, Drawing Desk lets users doodle, sketch and paint using a variety of different tools.


Smartwatches have advanced from geek to chic, and now allow the wearer to make a fashion statement whilst also keeping an eye on their emails, fitness levels, sleep patterns and much more.


Friends and family can receive birthday greetings with personalised messages, video clips, music and more, all by scanning their phone on a specially made QR code inside a greeting card.


The Lego Mindstorms kits contain software and hardware to create customisable, programmable robots, and were originally created as an educational tool for children.


Google’s Made With Code program allows users to design a dress, with variable patterns, colours and sizes, using computer coding. One of the creations made using the program was featured by designer Zac Posen at last year’s New York Fashion Week.

The discipline has come a long way in recent years and arguably, coding is becoming one of the fundamental creative skills to have. We are also sure it will give rise to projects we couldn't even dream up today. If you’re looking for a career change or to enhance your digital skills, explore coding courses at CodeClan.

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