[Neasis-l] Event: Taste and the Aesthetics of Web Design, 11/8, 7 pm

Jessica Baumgart jessica_baumgart at harvard.edu
Mon Nov 6 17:26:40 EST 2006


Here's another fun event at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society 
that I think might interest some of you.


Jessica Baumgart

Web of Ideas: Taste and the Aesthetics of Design
  with Paul Graham and David Weinberger

Wednesday, November 8, 7 pm
  Berkman Center Conference Room
  23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge, MA

  Join the discussion as Berkman Fellow David Weinberger interviews 
Paul Graham, software guru, entrepreneur, essayist and painter. In a 
recent essay, "Taste for Makers," Paul argues that successful design, 
from math to software to painting, relies on the same aesthetic 
principles. Taste is therefore not a matter of subjectively 
appreciating fine works but is a required capability for creating 
great software. But is taste as timeless as Paul suggests? Do the 
design principles Paul points to result from aesthetic or functional 
characteristics? And why should we think that the visual and the 
programmatic, the artistic and the functional, the physical and the 
virtual might all be beautiful in similar ways?

  As a programmer, Paul Graham is particularly known for co-developing 
Viaweb, and for describing the simple Bayesian spam filter that 
inspired most current filters. He's currently working on a new 
programming language called Arc, a new book on startups, and is one 
of the partners in the innovative entrepreneurial fund Y Combinator. 
Paul has an AB from Cornell and a PhD in Computer Science from 
Harvard, and studied painting at RISD and the Accademia di Belle Arti 
in Florence.

  Paul Graham: http://www.paulgraham.com/bio.html
  "Taste for Makers" essay: http://www.paulgraham.com/taste.html
  David Weinberger: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/home/david_weinberger

Jessica Baumgart
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