Joshua Davis is a designer, technologist, author and artist in new media.
He is best known as the creator of praystation.com, winner of the Prix Ars Electronica 2001 Golden Nica for 'Net Vision / Net Excellence'. An early adopter of open-source, offering the source code of the praystation.com composition and animation developments to the public.
Davis had a role in designing the visualization of IBM's Watson, the intelligent computer program capable of answering questions, for the quiz show Jeopardy. His work has been inducted into the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, National Design Triennial 2006 'Design Life Now', and has spoken at the TED and 99U conferences about his career in algorithmic image making and open source.
Since 1995, Joshua Davis, has made a career as an image maker using programming, he writes his own code, to produce interactions with users and to generate visual compositions according to rule-based, randomized processes.
Davis was an early web designer. Davis was introduced to the internet by a design student friend at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he studied illustration and art history. After a year of working on illustration by day and programming at night, Davis ran out of cash and was offered a job writing HTML for Pratt’s web site. He dropped out of Pratt in his junior year to work in the new field of design technology.