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Company History

Artistic Licence Engineering Ltd. was founded in 1988 by Wayne Howell. In the early days, the company was predominantly involved with rock ‘n’ roll and theatre lighting technology. However, Artistic Licence has expanded and diversified to become a strong presence in the architectural and commercial world. Artistic Licence Integration (which is a trading name of Artistic Licence Engineering Ltd) specializes in project integration, while  Artistic Licence Engineering drives the product development.

Biography: Wayne Howell, CEO, Artistic Licence

Wayne started out at Avolites, progressing from wireman to product designer. In 1988, he created Artistic Licence as a projects design house. Success came quickly, with end clients ranging from Pink Floyd to The Rolling Stones. From such early project work a product range evolved. In the 1990s, Wayne became involved in the ESTA technical standards programme, and was a major contributor to the development of DMX512-A. When Ethernet arrived on the scene, Wayne was again at the forefront of technology, releasing the royalty-free Art-Net protocol (now supported by 220-plus manufacturers worldwide). Wayne particularly enjoys sharing his technical expertise through writing, having authored various articles and three books (Rock Solid EthernetControl Freak and Light Bytes).



Light Bytes

Light Bytes: Inside Art-Net and sACN

Written with practicality in mind, Light Bytes provides a much needed technical reference on Art-Net and sACN. Starting with a networking primer, it moves onto the detailed packet structures and definitions used in each protocol. Following the theoretical groundwork, readers are guided through the problems that are often encountered in real-world applications, with tips on how to avoid them. The book strives for a balanced approach, comparing and contrasting Art-Net and sACN, while explaining how each protocol is evolving to meet the needs of a changing marketplace. There is a handy chapter on freely available software diagnostics tools, along with useful code examples for both Art-Net and sACN developers.


Light Bytes: Inside Art-Net and sACN by Wayne Howell is available for purchase through Artistic Licence. Please contact sales@artisticlicence.com for more information, or visit our webshop