• John MaedaJohn Maeda, 8 years ago

    Hello Ryan, Thanks for your Q on tools. I've been thinking a little bit about this topic since I started using Sketch3 instead of Photoshop like I was more normally used to doing. Koen Bok's Framer.js is a great example of pushing the envelope of tools that blend code and images; as well as Casey Reas and Ben Fry's Processing project that keeps on getting better and better.

    Regarding the world of art and digital information, this is a tough subject -- I suggest you look at what MoMA's Paola Antonelli's been doing in the design domain -- she led the acquisition of video games a few years back, and more recently acquired hardware like Arduino into the permanent collection. That's landmark work for digital folks -- it's transformational for anyone who's believed that making things digitally is a cultural act, as well as a technical act.

    Museums are critical to the ecosystem of art -- so I would look to what MoMA and Ms Antonelli are doing; in addition take a look at what Julia Kaganskiy is leading at the New Museum on the Bowery in NY -- it's called NEWINC. I've never seen anything like it.

    Good luck!

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