June 1, 2013No Comments

Behind the typography of H&FJ

The AIGA has created a beautiful short video feature of Jonathan Hoefler & Tobias Frere-Jones discussing how they approach creating a new font (start with the H, O and D) and other insights behind their beautiful typefaces.

May 15, 2013No Comments

Engineers or authors?

Interesting post by Kurt Leafstrand comparing software development to writing and publishing rather than engineering:

So, here's the insight I'm currently tossing around in my head: The problem is that software isn't built; it’s written. The final product is not like the Bay Bridge. It's like a novel.

Engineers are the authors. They start with an early draft (sometimes known as a prototype), an idea of the main characters (features) and the arc of the plot (use cases). They write a few chapters. They learn how the characters are acting and whether things are moving in the right direction. Then they go back and tweak the storyline a bit. They iterate.

Along that line of thinking, newspaper publishing is the original agile development method.