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Jason E Lewis


Jason E. Lewis is a digital media artist, poet and software designer. He founded Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media, where he directs research/creation projects investigating post-Postscript typography, devising new means of creating and reading digital texts, developing systems for creative use of mobile technology, and designing alternative interfaces for live performance. Obx Labs is deeply committed to developing intriguing new forms of expression by working on conceptual, creative and technical levels simultaneously. Lewis’ artwork and writing about media have been featured in exhibitions and conferences on four continents. He is currently an Associate Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. [ jason.lewis@concordia.ca ] [ www.obxlabs.net ]

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Computational Typography for Beginners with NextText for Processing

Workshop 36 | Room Anahuac room 4
Thursday 29 October | 10:00 – 13:00

Theme Workshops | Duration: 180 minutes

NextText is a Java library for creating dynamic and interactive text-based compositions. The library uses TrueType fonts to render type which moves and changes shape according to a set of rules. The programmer/designer has full control over the text and the rules defining its behaviour. Created by Lewis and Zananiri, NextText for Processing is a port of the library for the Processing development environment. Keeping in mind the goals of Processing, the library includes greatly simplified syntax and allows the creation of interesting sketches with very few lines of code. For programmers who want to push the envelope further, all functionality of the Java version of the library is maintained, so it is still possible to create intricate and more complex text-base compositions. In this workshop we will introduce users to NextText for Processing, and assist them in creating a short interactive and dynamic text work. NextText for Processing is an open source library licensed under the CC-GNU GPL. [ www.nexttext.net ]

Bending Letterforms with Mr. Softie

Workshop 37 | Room Anahuac room 4
Thursday 29 October | 15:00 – 18:00

Duration: 180 minutes

Created by Lewis and Nadeau, Mr. Softie is an application for typographic manipulation that provides typographers, graphic designers, and animators with a tool for manipulating textual objects as image and as text simultaneously. Users of Mr. Softie apply interactive and dynamic behaviors to individual letterforms, words or entire passages of text. Conceived as a typographic/digital text sketching tool, Mr. Softie outputs high-resolution rasterized images (.tiff or .png), vector images (.ai) and vector image sequences. These can stand alone or be further processed in Illustrator, Photoshop, AfterEffects, etc., to create engaging print- and screen-based typographic images and animations. In this workshop we will introduce users to Mr. Softie, and assist them in creating two small typographic works, one for print and one for animation. We will focus on how Mr. Softie can be used to quickly experiment with letterforms. Every workshop member will be provided with a copy of Mr. Softie. (Mr. Softie is a free application.) [ www.mrsoftie.net ]

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