Abstracting Craft: The Practiced Digital Hand

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MIT Press, 1998 - Crafts & Hobbies - 309 pages
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The love of making things need not be confined to the physical world - electronic form giving can also be a rewarding hands-on experience. In this investigation of the possibility of craft in the digital realm, Malcolm McCullough observes that the emergence of computation as a medium, rather than just a set of tools, suggests a growing correspondence between digital work and traditional craft. Chapter by chapter, McCullough builds a case for upholding humane traits and values during the formative stages of new practices in digital media. He covers the nature of hand-eye coordination, the working context of the image culture, aspects of tool usage and medium appreciation, uses and limitations of symbolic methods, issues in human-computer interaction, geometric constructions and abstract methods in design, the necessity of improvisation, and the personal worth of work. For those new to computing, McCullough offers an inside view of what the technology is like, what the important technical issues are, and how creative computing fits within a larger intellectual history.
 

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McCullough discusses what current-day digital craft people are doing with today's tools and software and how their actions fit within our larger intellectual history. He argues that there is little ... Read full review

Contents

Eyes
31
Tools
59
Symbols
85
Interfaces
113
Constructions
155
Medium
193
Play
221
Practice
243
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Malcolm McCullough is Associate Professor of Architecture at Taubman College, the University of Michigan. He is the author of " Abstracting Craft: The Practiced Digital Hand" and " Digital Ground: Architecture, Pervasive Computing, and Environmental Knowing", both published by the MIT Press.

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