Thank you John Maeda

January 5, 2006

I just finished up Design By Numbers which is a book and visual programming language created by John Maeda. I read the book as a precursor to understanding and controlling Processing (also known as Proce55ing). John Maeda summed up in two sentances what I believe to be the most beautiful attribute of algorithmic art, generative art, generally any kind of computer generated or mathematically controlled art.

“Computation is intrinsically different from existing media because it is the only medium where the material and the process for shaping the material coexist in the same entity: numbers. The only other medium where a similar phenomenon occurs is pure thought.”

(251) – Design By Numbers, John Maeda
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