Aaron Marcus, Michael Arent: SEEDIS

  • ©, Aaron Marcus and Michael Arent

  • ©, Aaron Marcus and Michael Arent

Artist Statement:

    SEEDIS has an enormous database containing population and geographical statistics that are combined in answer to specific queries. This output, or outerface, is often most logically expressed by graphs, maps, charts or other diagrams.

    Designers worked in collaboration with computer programmers to create prototypical solutions to the problem of presenting these graphic outerfaces. The problem required designers to find ways to control the semi-automatic generation of information. The problem also required that the solutions be aesthetically pleasing, that the system’s capabilities be fully used, and that the designs meet the communication needs of the typical user.

Technical Information:

    Equipment: DEC VAX 11/780 terminals – Ramtek 9400, Tektronix 4027, ADM-3, Dec VT100, Tektronix 4104, Autologic APS micro 5; hardcopy – Xerox 9700, Versatec V-80, Tektronix 5218 printers
    Software: Primarily in Fortran and C, DEC VMS operating system

Affiliation of Artist When Artwork Was Created:

    Aaron Marcus and Associates