Joshua Davis

Joshua Davis


Joshua Davis is a designer, technologist, author and artist in new media.

He is best known as the creator of, winner of the Prix Ars Electronica 2001 Golden Nica for 'Net Vision / Net Excellence'.

An early adopter of open-source, offering the source code of the composition and animation developments to the public.

Davis had a role in designing the visualization of IBM's Watson, the intelligent computer program capable of answering questions, for the quiz show Jeopardy.

His work has been inducted into the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, National Design Triennial 2006 'Design Life Now', and has spoken at the TED and 99U conferences about his career in algorithmic image making and open source


Painting with Sound, Mesh, and Shader

  • intermediate
  • designers
  • developers
  • creative
  • technical
  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • Art
  • Sound
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Starting with the 'Fall in Love' music video for Phantogram... I got interested in writing code with audio as input with Fast Fourier transform (FFT), MIDI and OSC to drive animations.

Eventually I'd migrate my creative coding into the 3D space using Meshes and GLSL shaders to displace/transform 3D objects in Real-Time using Processing + HYPE.

Showcasing some of the processes behind this work at the Sub Rosa Lab Space for... Phantogram, Diplo, Squarepusher, Zola Jesus, Pepsi + Pharrell Williams + SuperBowl 50, etc.

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