Digital Foundations: An Intro to Media Arts with the Adobe Creative Suite is officially in print. Amazon has switched their Pre-Order status to In Stock!
Digital Foundations (http://digital-foundations.net/) takes the formal principles and exercises of the Bauhaus and uses them to teach hands on design software exercises. These are supplemented with historical visual examples from the public domain and contemporary creative commons licensed work. As Media Arts professors my co-author xtine burrough and I were tired of design software books that left out aesthetics, and history.Â Or worse: gave terrible examples complete with author's vacation photographs, drop shadows, and the watercolor filter!
We are thrilled to have the book in print... with a Creative Commons license!Â This is a first for AIGA Design Press, New Riders, and Peachpit, and the result of 9 months of negotiation. The whole book was written on a wiki (http://wiki.digital-foundations.net) and that is all available for use under a CC license.
We are reaping the fruit of that license already: February 6-8 Adam Hyde and his FLOSSmanuals.net crew are going to come to Eyebeam in NYC to translate the book from Adobe to FLOSS applications.
I was sent my advance copy last week, and it is gorgeous.Â The design came out better than we thought.