Designing for simplicity

The MIT Media Lab’s John Maeda lives at the intersection of technology and art, a place that can get very complicated. Here he talks about paring down to basics. John Maeda is the president of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he is dedicated to linking design and technology. Through the software tools, web pages and books he creates, he spreads his philosophy of elegant simplicity. >> Play Video Just keep watching … it’s hilarious and stimulating … Check out his fireworks calendar … and whilst at it, keep going … (you need to allow to run java...
Website Beauty Therapy by Gwen Mcguire going strong

Website Beauty Therapy by Gwen Mcguire going strong

We all know that any business should have web presence and promote their products online … it’s just so common sense. However, this is a much harder task when you want precision and accuracy in respect of what the business actually does and what potential customers should expect. Sofadeve takes pride in the fact that we not only provide the technology and platform, we also understand the surroundings and mojo of what is required to actually produce what we call a funky but as well tranquil site. That we find so powerful and exciting … the opposites, not contradictions, rather compliments ! Well, words can do only so much, check it out yourself. Just click...

Design Patterns

Nice and neat overview including some criticism … isn’t that refreshing? In software engineering, a design pattern is a general repeatable solution to a commonly occurring problem in software design. A design pattern isn’t a finished design that can be transformed directly into code. It is a description or template for how to solve a problem that can be used in many different situations… >> Go to Source...
To create for the ages, let’s combine art and engineering

To create for the ages, let’s combine art and engineering

When Bran Ferren was just 9, his parents took him to see the Pantheon in Rome — and it changed everything. In that moment, he began to understand how the tools of science and engineering become more powerful when combined with art, with design and beauty. Ever since, he’s been searching for a convincing modern-day equivalent to Rome’s masterpiece. Stay tuned to the end of the talk for his unexpected suggestion. Watch...

Architecture at home in its community

When TED Fellow Xavier Vilalta was commissioned to create a multistory shopping mall in Addis Ababa, he panicked. Other centers represented everything he hated about contemporary architecture: wasteful, glass towers requiring tons of energy whose design had absolutely nothing to do with Africa. In this charming talk, Vilalta shows how he champions an alternative approach: to harness nature, reference design tradition and create beautiful, modern, iconic buildings fit for a community. Barcelona-based architect Xavier Vilalta works in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He adopts and updates traditional design principles to construct modern buildings that truly suit their environment. >> Play...

How An Arcane Coding Method From 1970s Banking Software Could Save The Sanity Of Web Developers Everywhere

Forty years ago, a Canadian bank pioneered a brand new computer system that allowed non-programmers to help write code. The paradigm was so disruptive that it was ignored by computer scientists for decades. But as web apps get increasingly complex, and web devs become increasingly stressed out, “flow-based programming” may be raging back to life. >> Go to...