People are alive — they behave and respond. Creations within the computer can also live, behave and respond … if they are allowed to.
“The world is dynamic and alive. Trees wave in the wind, fish flock in schools, cats chase mice. Artists, too, are alive. The act of painting a brushstroke, or playing a musical phrase, or performing a dance move, captures the dynamic expressiveness of the human body.
However, we have a dearth of tools for creating dynamic digital worlds using the artist’s dynamic performance. Pictures drawn in Photoshop or animated in After Effects are fixed, static, and unresponsive. We can create living environments by typing in code, but not through the natural expressiveness of the artist’s hand.
This talk will suggest some directions for digital design tools which embrace together the behavior and responsiveness of digital simulation with the dexterity and spontaneity of an artist’s performance.
Bret Victor invents tools that enable people to understand and create. He has designed experimental UI concepts at Apple, interactive data graphics for Al Gore, and musical instruments at Alesis. He is the author of “Magic Ink: Information Software and the Graphical Interface”, and recently presented “Inventing on Principle”.
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