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Interview with Casey Reas and Ben Fry By Daniel Shiffman

I have never even heard of some of the origins of programming that Ben and Casey talk about it was interesting learning about this history of how they learned programing on what equipment and where. It seems that they were self motivated to start up, which is a lot when your young and don’t really know what you want to do.

In the interview they mention a couple of other software design programs and I’m curious if they are still around and updated. (Design by numbers, Logo)

Casey Talks about how their daily work goes, how they mostly use processing for their projects but will deviate to other programs if they need to. But what I find interesting is that they will change the processing program to accommodate their needs. I think that being a creator of a program can be used to your advantage. If you have the skills to write programs and the design skills to make things, it opens up more possibilities for your creative output. Casey even says, “I write software to draw millions of lines in a few seconds, to make thousands of calculations and decisions in a fraction of a second, to go beyond what my mind can imagine without its digital extension.”

I think the work included are great examples of waht processing can do. Even the touch brick table is amazing, the computer generates the art based on a multi touch surface. That is something that no human mind would ever be able to create.

Rea’s Work

Fry’s Work

Interview with Sinan Ascioglu:

Her work:

Sinan has that philosophy of collaborative work, works. Every time people get together and share ideas the positive out come is always better than one idea. Her idea for open processing allows everyone to share new methods people explore and use with processing.

Her site shows how the processing and interactive world isnt a secret. Everyone is there to help everyone else. Codes are posted so that people can use them for their own projects, and they can share theirs as well.

She talks about how the site is broken down to be a source for code only or for visuals. This is a great foundation for a site focused on processing. Many people have the visual background and need help with the processing and they can get it here. Or vise verse, people can program bu need help with the visuals. Sinan’s open processing site is a great source of inspiration for everyone evolved in processing.

When asked about whether it’s ethical to use code that people have generated (plagerism) she says, “sharing source-code results in the creation of better things. It’s for the greater good.” I think this statement is true. People have a concept and the was to use the same execution style. Allowing others to use the same code isnt copying becase they manipulate it to their own specifications. It also allows someone else to expand on the code that the previous person may have never done.

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One Response

  1. Sean Hovendick says:

    Nice insight…

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