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Digital Media Foundations

An Introduction for Artists and Designers, 1st Edition

By Richard Lewis, James Luciana


384 pages | 266 Color Illus.

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Fully-updated and comprehensive, this second edition is a creative and practical introduction to the field of digital media for future designers, artists, and media professionals. It addresses the evolution of the field, its connections with traditional media, up-to-date developments, and possibilities for future directions. Logically organized and thoughtfully illustrated, it provides a welcoming guide to this emerging discipline.

Describing each medium in detail, chapters trace their history, evolution and potential applications. The book also explains important, relevant technologies – such as digitizing tablets, cloud storage, and 3D printers – as well as new and emerging media like augmented and virtual reality. With a focus on concepts and creative possibilities, the text’s software-neutral exercises provide hands-on experiences with each of the media. The book also examines legal, ethical, and technical issues in digital media, explores career possibilities, and features profiles of pioneers and digital media professionals.

Digital Media Foundations is an ideal resource for students, new professionals, and instructors involved in fields of graphic and visual arts, design, and the history of art and design.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. The Artist and the Computer Part 2: Hardware and History 2. The History of Computers: from Calculators to the Web 3. The Pioneers of Digital Media 4. In the Box: Inside the Computer 5. Outside the Box: Hard and soft copy Part 3: Media 6. Digital Layout and Design 7. Image Editing 8. Digital Painting 9. Vector Drawing and Illustration 10. 2D Animation: Up and Running 11. 3D Modeling and Animation 12. The Evolution of the World Wide Web / Designing for the Web 13. Game Art and Design

About the Authors

Richard Lewis is Chair of Marist College’s Department of Art and Digital Media and the academic coordinator of their branch campus in Florence, Italy. He is also a former Dean of Academic Programs. He is a practicing digital artist and also the author of The Power of Art (2019), now in its third revised edition, an art appreciation textbook used in over 300 colleges and universities.

James Luciana is Professor Emeritusof Art at Marist College and a former Chair of their Department of Art and Digital Media. He is an accomplished photographer in both traditional and digital techniques. His work has been extensively exhibited both in the United States and abroad. In addition to teaching at Marist College, he has taught 19th century printing techniques and digital media at the International Center of Photography in New York City. He is the author of The Art of Enhanced Photography (1999) and Black and White Photography: Manifest Visions (2000).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Digital