The true art of design takes center stage at DESIGN West with book signings by famous authors and an art exhibit at UBM Tech's lounge on the main concourse.
We have at our core a fundamental need to express ourselves. In that sense, engineers are no different than martial artists, musicians, writers, orators, accountants, janitors, cabinet makers: once we grasp the basic theory, steps and processes, we're allowed to enter a world of creative expression in which we not only continue to learn and build upon those who came before, but at a certain point are free to develop our trademark "touch," whether it be a brushstroke, sound, or design approach.
That is why we so often refer to the "art of design," because once we're past the necessary theory, that path of creative expression opens wide and what some outsiders define as a "job" really becomes a personal expression of self.
One such artist was the late Jim Williams, who not only expressed his art in his everyday interactions, but also took the time to put his art down on paper in order to share with others. and then worked to bring the best of what he and fellow artists had learned together in the book, "Analog Circuit Design, Art, Science and Personalities," in 1991 as part of an EDN Series for Design Engineers.
Ten years later, in 2011, this was followed up by,"Analog Circuit Design, Volume 1, A Tutorial Guide to Applications and Solutions," edited by Bob Dobkin, Linear Technology's founder and chief technology officer, and Jim Williams.
This was quickly followed up this year by the release of, "Analog Circuit Design, Volume 2: Immersion in the Black Art of Analog Design," again edited by Dobkin and Williams (compiled "in memory of Jim Williams, a poet who wrote in electronics.")
To celebrate the art and the work, we'll be hosting a special book-signing event of both these two latest volumes by Bob Dobkin himself on Tuesday, from 5 to 6 pm at DESIGN West in San Jose. Join us for beer, snacks, and a special 50% discount on the books for the event, courtesy of publisher Elsevier -- all at the UBM Tech lounge on the main concourse in the McEnery Convention Center.
But Jim's art didn't stop there: the creative impulse wouldn't let him. In this feature "Jim Williams: The light side and classic electronics art sculptures," EDN's analog editor Steve Taranovich showcases Williams' electronic sculptures, working systems that take the art of design to another level.
This underlying creativity is the inspiration behind the first ever Engineering Art exhibit, also taking place in the UBM Tech concourse lounge on Tuesday, from 5 to 7pm. There we are showcasing not only Williams' art but also that of fellow engineers. So, if you're going to DESIGN West, and have something to show off – a piece of electronics art, a home audio setup, ham radio design, a sculpture, it's all fair game – bring a photo or the piece itself, and we'll showcase it. There'll be community members coming and going all day for the various other book signings and events at the booth, so who knows, you may end up with a buyer!
Worst-case scenario, you'll get to share some ideas, and you and your buddies can have some fun with it.
So, join us on Tuesday, April 23, from 5 to 7, have a few beers on us, get your autographed copies of two of the great analog books, and over the ensuing days show case and celebrate the true Art of Design.
DESIGN West, April 22-25, in San Jose, is hosted by UBM Tech. Register here. For more on DESIGN West, visit this page.