Beauty of Design Comes in CD-Rom

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Newt Perdue believes the crazier an idea is, the more successful it ultimately will be.

Perdue's latest brainstorm is a CD-ROM that translates mathematical equations into beautiful images on a computer screen.

Based on the naturally recurring shapes in nature, Calculated Beauty is a vast compendium of psychedelic shapes and colors to be explored, excerpted and manipulated.

The market for Calculated Beauty includes artists, graphic designers, desktop publishers and people who just like to show off what they can do with a Macintosh computer and a color printer.

If the contents of the CD-ROM were displayed on paper, it would cover 6,000 square feet. For computerheads, that's 600 megabytes of data, or the graphic equivalent of more than 250,000 pages of printed text.

Part of the beauty of Calculated Beauty is the designs are not copyrighted, so users are free to publish at will.

However, it is not a clip art or stock photo collection. Using software programs that come with the CD-ROM, users can manipulate the images and create "digital photos" from their own designs.

The disk also includes a slide show program of 100 art images by computer artists around the world. …