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Design by Numbers : Design by Numbers - John Maeda

Design by Numbers

Design by Numbers

By: John Maeda, Paola Antonelli (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 1st October 2001
ISBN: 9780262632447
Number Of Pages: 250
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Honorable Mention, 2000, American Association of Museums (AAM) publication competition. and Winner of the 1999 AAP/PSP award in the category of Computer Science, granted by the Professional/Scholary Reference Division of the Association of American Publishers. Most art and technology projects pair artists with engineers or scientists: the artist has the conception, and the technical person provides the know-how. John Maeda is an artist and a computer scientist, and he views the computer not as a substitute for brush and paint but as an artistic medium in its own right. "Design By Numbers" is a reader-friendly tutorial on both the philosophy and nuts-and-bolts techniques of programming for artists. Practicing what he preaches, Maeda composed "Design By Numbers" using a computational process he developed specifically for the book. He introduces a programming language and development environment, available on the Web, which can be freely downloaded or run directly within any JAVA-enabled Web browser. Appropriately, the new language is called DBN (for "design by numbers"). Designed for "visual" people--artists, designers, anyone who likes to pick up a pencil and doodle--DBN has very few commands and consists of elements resembling those of many other languages, such as LISP, LOGO, C/JAVA, and BASIC. Throughout the book Maeda emphasizes the importance--and delights--of understanding the motivation behind computer programming, as well as the many wonders that emerge from well-written programs. Sympathetic to the "mathematically challenged," he places minimal emphasis on mathematics in the first half of the book. Because computation is inherently mathematical, the books second half uses intermediate mathematical concepts that generally do not go beyond high-school algebra. The reader who masters the skills so clearly set out by Maeda will be ready to exploit the true character of digital media design.

"This may well be the first software manual that you'd actually volunteer to have lying around on your coffee table." - Liz Bailey, The Daily Telegraph

Forewordp. 9
Prefacep. 13
Beginp. 19
Commandsp. 23
Linep. 29
Linesp. 35
Variablesp. 45
Repeatp. 55
Calculatep. 69
Dotp. 83
Dotsp. 99
Nestp. 109
Questionp. 121
Commandsp. 135
Timep. 149
Paintp. 165
Reactp. 175
Touchp. 189
Networkp. 203
Changep. 217
Numbersp. 235
Endp. 251
Bibliographyp. 255
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ISBN: 9780262632447
ISBN-10: 0262632446
Series: Design by Numbers
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 1st October 2001
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 25.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 1.13