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Design By Numbers

Design By Numbers is an educational programming language and set of teaching materials aimed at making programming accessible to artists and designers. Designers use DBN to create images with code, encouraging creative thinking while learning the basics of computational concepts. The language was designed by John Maeda at the MIT Media Lab in the late 1990s as a successor to Logo and Turtle Graphics, focusing on simplicity, immediacy, and interactivity—allowing students to see immediate graphical results from their code. While not as widely used today for real-world applications, DBN's influence can be seen in modern tools that promote coding as part of creative problem-solving processes.

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