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Digital Foundations: Intro to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Suite

The design book I co-authored Digital Foundations: An Intro to Media Arts with the Adobe Creative Suite is officially in print!


The book takes the Bauhaus basic course exercises and formal principles and teaches them through exercises in the Adobe Creative Suite. We brought in extensive historical examples from the public domain, and contemporary Creative Commons licensed work.

Design maven Ellen Lupton has called the book "engaging" and "ambitious," Mark Tribe has called the book "groundbreaking," and all our peers who see it call it "the book we've all be waiting for!"

We negotiated a CC license (a first for AIGA/New Riders/Peachpit & Pearson), and are making good on that translating the book to Open Source apps Feb 6-8. Right before the O'Reilly NYC conference, a bunch of http://en.FLOSSmanuals.net geeks are going to come to Eyebeam and translate the exercises into GIMP, Inkscape, etc…

The RSVP for the Book Sprint is here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=56609462816



Michael Mandiberg
Senior Fellow // Eyebeam
Asst Prof // CSI/CUNY

Praise for Digital Foundations:

"This ambitious book teaches visual thinking and software skills together. The text leads readers step-by-step through the process of creating dynamic images using a range of powerful applications. The engaging, experimental exercises take this project well beyond the typical software guide."

ELLEN LUPTON, co-author of Graphic Design: The New Basics

"This groundbreaking text applies the classical Modernist pedagogy of the Bauhaus to digital media. It's a must-have for every art student, design student, and new media maven."

MARK TRIBE, Brown University, Founder of Rhizome.org

"Everyone should use this book: it really combines design principles, software tutorials and Bauhaus history. And it's open source!"

TIFFANY HOLMES, Associate Professor Chair, Department of Art and Technology Studies, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago