|Claessens Product Consultants
The Aesthedes "Aesthetical Design" system was designed and manufactured from 1982 by the Dutch company of Claessens Product Consultants. It is a stand-alone system for computer-aided graphical and typographical (hence essentially 2D) design. The machine's output can be sent to a plotter (drawing or cutting), a printer, a camera recorder and similar peripherals. Despite its high price - 300.000 to 400.000 Dutch guilders, the cost of 30 middleclass cars - the Aesthedes has been sold worldwide, causing a revolution in designing advertisements, stamps, banknotes, flags, t-shirts, packaging labels and much more. Even the machine's own desk was designed on the Aesthedes. The large desk is covered with membrane-switch keys and a graphics tablet. The intention was to enable the designer to be creative without the need of any programming work.
A growing need within his company for such equipment that did not exist before led to the development of the Aesthedes. The vision of Dominique Claessens was that a designer should be able to start immediately, without knowledge of computers. Meeting the need of designers to be able to use their creative brain, without being hindered by switching to the cognitive part of their brain, a keyboard was developed that matched the layout of the creative designer's desk. Everything had to be within reach and no overlapping of windows, for example. For that reason, the Aesthedes has 6 screens. 3 Data screens (below) showing project data, RGB values of the layer and the last 10 commands executed.
The 3 screens above are from left to right the "Zoom screen" on which a drawing can be zoomed up to 100x, the "Creation" screen in the middle where the total image of all layers is on top of each other and the right screen on which the current working layer can be seen and on which any animations can be seen.
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