Rediscovering Flux: Lessons for generative design software

One of the recent occurrences that have puzzled me is the number of visitors to looking at Flux tutorials. I’ve even had requests to buy the software. So why is this puzzling? Well firstly, Flux closed down over two years ago. And secondly, I’ve been debating what to do with out-of-date tutorials; delete or keep for prosperity? This dilemma got me thinking a little deeper than my superficial WordPress issues. Despite Flux no longer being in existence, it was more relevant than ever. But to understand why let’s start at the beginning.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

– Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

Flux Metro

Flux was started in late-2010 at Google[x], Google’s research lab. Flux’s first product was called ‘Flux Metro’ and was launched in October 2014. As their blog describes:

Flux Metro aggregates geographic data from public and private sources to build a three-dimensional visualization, starting with…

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