Yesterday I was teaching coding to a class of high school students in Miami, and realized that it might be useful to show them DBN (aka “Design By Numbers”).
— John Maeda (@johnmaeda) November 30, 2017
I wasn’t sure if I could resurrect it, but … OMG it still works.
- Just download this zip file: dbn-3.0.1 in 2017 to your computer.
- Make sure you have Java installed and ready to go.
- Download the JDK here as the first link.
- Use a terminal window and “cd” to the directory.
- Type “java -classpath classes DbnApplication”
And then the following should all become possible on your computer screen:
Related to this project, in the early 90s I created a lifesized model of a working computer in Nara, Japan with Nobuyuki Ueda and Masahiko Furukata called “The Human Powered Computer Experiment”:
For more information on Design By Numbers, please refer to the original Design By Numbers site. There’s also a book I designed and wrote in 1999 that is still available on Amazon in used form:
DBN didn’t have a long life, but it served a higher purpose of feeding ideas into systems like Processing (I’m so proud of Casey and Ben), Arduino (the early “play” interface was inherited), and Scratch (the “forever” command etc).