Design for Hackers: Reverse Engineering Beauty by David Kadavy

By David Kadavy

The damage hit introductory layout e-book that debuted at #18 on Amazon
Hackers may be able to accomplish quite a bit in so little time simply because they arrive from a group that's outfitted upon sharing wisdom. in terms of programming, they could study no matter what they should examine via examining manuals, or just typing in a Google seek. yet studying layout isn't so simple.

Many layout books attempt to train layout via lists of "do's" and "don'ts." yet hackers understand you wish a deeper realizing of whatever to truly do it good. Design for Hackers takes aside layout by means of "reverse-engineering" Impressionist portray, Renaissance sculpture, the Mac OS X Aqua interface, Twitter's internet interface, and masses extra. You'll know about colour idea, typography, proportions, and layout rules. This theoretical recommendation is blended with concrete, actionable suggestion resembling feedback for colour scheme instruments, and a chart of "all of the fonts you'll ever need."

By the tip of the ebook, you'll be seeing layout via new eyes.

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Maybe a competing company has come out with a similar hammer, and I need to find some way to differentiate my hammer and make it better. Through talking with my customers, I may find that some of them complain about feeling discomfort after driving nails with my hammer all day, so I might try different materials, such as fiberglass, looking for optimal shock absorption. I might find that some customers have trouble maintaining their grip on the hammer, so I might try incorporating a rubber grip and molding the handle to better fit the human hand.

In 1997, Steve Jobs – upon returning to the company after a 12-year absence – discovered the under-appreciated design laboratory of Jonathan Ives. Since then, Apple has released innovative products with great design time and time again, enjoying tremendous success. It’s grown to be the largest tech company in the world, at as much as 100 times its own size in 1997. Apple has accomplished this success by releasing one great product after another, but it owes its growth to one product above all others: the iPod.

First, notice the general variation of lightness and darkness in the lines of type. Helvetica is a more uniform gray, while Comic Sans varies widely, with some very dark spots scattered throughout the body of text. The most obvious anomalies are the letters e and t, the former of which appears like a blood stain a number of times in the example, and the latter of which languishes like a dead tree. The Comic Sans e appears darker than the other letters because its overall visual weight is mismanaged.

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