10 years ago.

November 20th, 2009 · No Comments

Design By Numbers - or just DBN - was released in the fall of 1999 by the Aesthetics and Computation Group at MIT led my John Maeda. I was introduced to DBN by Reed Kram as a computing 101 class. A lot of my work today is easily traced back to this 4 week workshop and to this simple programming environment and language aimed purely at visual programming.

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In the summer of 2003, Reed Kram introduced me to a new and much more ambitious initiative called Proce55ing (back then in Alpha ver 0043). Ben Fry and Casey Reas - the originators of Processing - studied with Maeda at MIT and had been involved with DBN. Needless to say, Processing made quite an impact and is (now out of beta stage and past 1.0 status) today flourishing both as an open source movement, a teaching tool and one of my weapons of choice for most of my work.

Happy 10th birthday DBN! Have a look at the introduction here - and try DBN for yourself!

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