Ade Ward

Auto-Illustrator /

Ade Ward/Signwave /

2001 /

Signwave Auto-Illustrator is an experimental, semi-autonomous, generative software artwork and a fully functional vector graphic design application to sit alongside your existing professional graphic design utilities.

Use it to explore a wide range of generative and procedural techniques in the production of your own graphic designs. Discover how easy it is to produce complex designs in an exciting and challenging environment that questions how contemporary software should behave.

Download a demo version using the links above. You will need one of the operating systems above, a fast processor (G3/G4 Macintosh 300MHz, Windows 600MHz), atleast 64MB RAM and a full install of QuickTime 4 or higher. Requires Mac OS 8.6 or higher, built for Mac OS X.


Suppliers of Quality Software and Media since 1997

Launched in 1997 as an online media exploration and development zone, Signwave began by hosting projects developed by students at i-DAT’s MediaLab Arts. During 1998, Signwave hosted a range of experimental online works dealing with issues of code-based authorship. By 1999, Signwave had become the official branding of a number of Macintosh software products that crossed a fine boundary between software utility and critical artwork. In 2000, Signwave formally became a company based in London, working on a diverse range of projects for individuals, artists, companies and corporations. Over the following years, Signwave focussed it’s attentions on releasing various software products for both Macintosh and Windows based computers.

In 2001, Signwave launched it’s first ever commercial software artwork, Auto-Illustrator. Having previously been in beta for a year and a half (during which time it won awards at Transmediale.01Prix Ars Electronica and REAL Software), it was released commercially on Christmas Day, 2001. Auto-Illustrator continues to be used across the world by graphic designers who appreciate an artistically challenging and stimulating environment.

Other Signwave software products include Autoshop (a generative bitmap graphic editor, released Christmas Day, 2002), Finder Mail (a cut-down OS-integrated POP3 mail client), as well as other smaller, invigorating and stimulating offerings.

Signwave continues to offer specialist software design and production in a range of areas. We write custom desktop software for a wide range of operating systems, and develop media products to satisfy the needs of a wide range of individuals and businesses. Our attitude is that of stimulation and creativity, whether we are working for artists or global corporations.


Auto-Illustrator Tools.

Auto-Illustrator Users Guide Signwave Auto-Illustrator 1.1 PDF.