Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists

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MIT Press, 2007 - Art - 710 pages
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It has been more than twenty years since desktop publishing reinvented design, and it's clear that there is a growing need for designers and artists to learn programming skills to fill the widening gap between their ideas and the capability of their purchased software. This book is an introduction to the concepts of computer programming within the context of the visual arts. It offers a comprehensive reference and text for Processing (www.processing.org), an open-source programming language that can be used by students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and anyone who wants to program images, animation, and interactivity. The ideas in Processing have been tested in classrooms, workshops, and arts institutions, including UCLA, Carnegie Mellon, New York University, and Harvard University. Tutorial units make up the bulk of the book and introduce the syntax and concepts of software (including variables, functions, and object-oriented programming), cover such topics as photography and drawing in relation to software, and feature many short, prototypical example programs with related images and explanations. More advanced professional projects from such domains as animation, performance, and typography are discussed in interviews with their creators. "Extensions" present concise introductions to further areas of investigation, including computer vision, sound, and electronics. Appendixes, references to additional material, and a glossary contain additional technical details. Processing can be used by reading each unit in order, or by following each category from the beginning of the book to the end. The Processing software and all of the code presented can be downloaded and run for future exploration.Includes essays by Alexander R. Galloway, Golan Levin, R. Luke DuBois, Simon Greenwold, Francis Li, and Hernando Barragan and interviews with Jared Tarbell, Martin Wattenberg, James Paterson, Erik van Blockland, Ed Burton, Josh On, Jurg Lehni, Auriea Harvey and Michael Samyn, Mathew Cullen and Grady Hall, Bob Sabiston, Jennifer Steinkamp, Ruth Jarman and Joseph Gerhardt, Sue Costabile, Chris Csikszentmihalyi, Golan Levin and Zachary Lieberman, and Mark Hansen.Casey Reas is Associate Professor in the Design Media Arts Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Ben Fry is Nierenburg Chair of Design in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, 2006-2007."

  

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This is both about the "Processing" programming language, and a gentle introduction to programming, but targeted at visual minds. Programming constructs are introduced in the context of graphics ... Read full review

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Contents

Processing
1
Using Processing
9
Code Elements
17
Coordinates Primitives
23
Variables
37
Arithmetic Functions
43
Decisions
51
Repetition
61
Arrays
301
Animation
315
Pixels
321
Motion
327
Response
333
Components
337
Filter Blend Copy Mask
347
Image Processing
355

Vertices
69
Curves
79
Color by Numbers
85
Display Tint
95
Text
101
Conversion Objects
105
Display
111
Trigonometry
117
Random
127
Translate Matrices
133
Rotate Scale
137
Sketching Techniques
145
Form and Code
149
Print
155
Continuous
173
Functions
181
Parameters Recursion
197
Mouse I
205
Static Forms
217
Keyboard
223
Events
229
Mouse II
237
Time Date
245
Iteration Debugging
251
Input and Response
255
Software Web
261
Lines Curves
279
Machine Organism
291
Images
367
Motion and Arrays
371
Animation Video
377
Objects I
395
Kinetic Forms
413
File Export
421
File Import
427
Interface
435
Objects II
453
Biology
461
Physics
477
Structure and Interface
495
Performance Installation
501
Continuing
519
3D
525
Vision
547
Network
563
Sound
579
Print
603
Mobile
617
Electronics
633
Appendix A Order of Operations
661
Related Media
693
Glossary
699
Code Index
703
Index
705
Copyright

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Casey Reas is an associate professor in the Design Media ArtsDepartment at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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