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line drawings, computer design

Computer Designs created by Frank Boettger in 1969... re-discovered after 45 years and for the first time offered in affordable prints

Available in digital form ONLY through this website > 

Frank Boettger working on  the 'Kongsberg' numerically controlled drafting machine. All designs seen on this website were made in this drawing centre around 1969-1972  

numerically controlled drafting machine, plotter
Frank Boettger, Computer Software Artist, 1973

Frank Boettger showing off a coffee table he built for himself and for friends (in 1973) using one of his designs as a table top (under glass)


 More about the Artist and his work

Frank Boettger, pioneering artist in computer software design, created digital prints as early as 1969, long before computers became known to the average person. The look and appearance of the prints were way ahead of their time and are today accepted as a sought after piece of modern art with their clean geometric lines. Perfectly and exquisitely suitable for today's modern homes, shops and offices. Enlarged and framed they will enhance every surround with awe and immediately become the centre piece of discussion. The usual questions 'What are they?' , 'How were they made?' and 'Where can you buy them?' can now be answered. Being created with mathematical expressions, it was an enormous task for the artist to achieve this result, especially if you remember, in 1969 there were no monitors, no keyboards, no Google, no Paint Shop Pro or the like. Sad enough that these vintage designs were hidden for 45 years, finally the artist's daughters have encouraged their father to publish them as they are truly vintage and authentic. 

The only available materials used:

 A numerically controlled drafting machine, ink, mathematical knowledge and great imagination

Did you know that Frank's designs participated in Exhibitions around the world, among them:

Two »Computer Graphics« exhibitions in the course of the cultural program of the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany 1972 »tendencies 5« Section Computer Visual Research, MSU Zagreb, Croatia (formerly Yugoslavia),

 1973 »Ex Machina – Frühe Computergrafik bis 1979« Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany, 2007 

»bit international. [Nove] tendencije. Computer und visuelle Forschung Zagreb 1961-1973«
 Neue Galerie Graz at Landesmuseum Joanneum, Austria, 2007 
»bit international« ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany 2008-2009 

Work published in: 
Computer Graphics. Edited by Johann Willsberger (1972) 
Computerkunst. Edited by by IBM Deutschland GmbH (1978) 
Computer-Grafik Galerie by Herbert W. Franke (1984) 
Ex Machina – Frühe Computergrafik bis 1979. Edited by Wulf Herzogenrath and Barbara Nierhoff-Wielk. (2007) 
bit international. [Nove] tendencije. Computer und visuelle Forschung Zagreb 1961-1973. Edited by Neue Galerie Graz (2007) 
bit international. [Nove] tendencije. Computer und visuelle Forschu
ng Zagreb 1961-1973. Edited by Peter Weibel and Margit Rosen. (ZKM, 2008) A Little-Known Story about a Movement... Edited by Margit Rosen (2011)