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Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime

EVT 619
Jan 16
7:30 pm
Sapp Center Auditorium (STLC 111)
Status: No Registration Required
Join us for an evening with Stanford’s Ge Wang as he unpacks the ideas and inspirations that went into his “MusiComic Manifesto,” Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime. Investigating design through the vehicles of music and technology, the book begins with a simple question: What is design? In pursuit of an answer, Artful Design takes the reader on a journey of discovery—of the nature, meaning, and purpose of design in this age of technology, and the many related questions that arise. Why should we design beauty into useful things? What does it mean to design well? To what extent can (and should) the things we engineer embody our values as human beings? Why does design . . . matter? This book, and this program, are for anyone who has ever been curious about technology—both what it does for us, and what it does to us.

Ge Wang, Associate Professor, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Department of Music and, by courtesy, Computer Science, Stanford

Ge Wang is a designer/engineer/artist and an entrepreneur (cofounder of Smule). He designs programming languages for music, instruments, and apps like the award-winning Ocarina for iPhone. He founded and directs the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Wang spent three years writing Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime, a 488page fullcolor book, designed in the medium of a photo comic about the soul of design, and itself an artifact of design. He received a PhD in computer science from Princeton.
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