Creative Selection: a master class in software design

I have been teaching design for almost forty years and have been part of the explosion of interest in Managing as Designing since its inception. I have also been a software designer throughout that time, having designed several large applications, including one of the earliest personal data managers (The Desk Organizer for the Apple II, IBM PC and Macintosh computers). Ken Kocienda’s Creative Selection gives the most direct, clear and honest portrait of software design that I have encountered. I just posted a brief synopsis in the Design section of the Bibliography.

Seeing Thomas Cole’s Diagram of Contrasts

Sunday I spent the morning with Richard Sharp, Will Coleman, Jesse Bransford, Lisa Martin and Meredith Kane at the Cole House in the Hudson River town of Catskill, seeing and discussing what is likely the first manifestation by an American painter of an interest in color music.

The piece is a stunning color wheel just under two feet in diameter. As its title—Digram of Contrasts—suggests, it is particularly focused on the issue of contrast in color, with each of its twelve segments moving from near white to near black versions of one of six hues.

Cole described his motivation for doing the piece in his November 5, 1834 diary entry.