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JOHN HENRY THOMPSON by Chiizii

Invented Macromedia, which bridged the gap between art and technology

Giclee print on 310gsm Hahnemühle fine art paper

DIMENSIONS

(16.5" X 23.4")
41.91 CM X 59.4 CM

(11.7" X 16.5")
29.6 CM X 41.91 CM  

A2 £55
A3 £45 
[Edition of 50]

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At high school, Thompson taught himself several programming languages such as FORTRAN and COBOL, absorbing as much knowledge as possible so he could invent his own computer language. Four years after graduating from MIT with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Visual Studies, he used his own Lingo programming to create Macromedia Director. This revolutionary software could incorporate different graphic formats (such as AVI, JPEG, QuickTime and PNG) to create multimedia content for CD-ROMs, animations and presentations. Even today, Lingo is the magic behind countless examples of graphics and interactivity, from web design to video games. Thompson has also been a big advocate of education and mentorship for young tech innovators, not least in Jamaica (his parents’ homeland) where he has led mobile apps development workshops.