Learning About Design

Design is such a weird concept because it influences everything, even if you don't realize it. It's like air, you need it and you feel terrible without it. Without air, you'd die, and if you weren't educated, you wouldn't know why. You just know you need air. Design is the same thing. Something looks ugly to you, but you don't know why and you don't like it.

I think I've finally hit the point where I have a design sense. Computer scientists, mathematicians and fashionistas all have something in common. In their field, they see something and just feel dirty. I see bad and code cringe. I can't tell you why something is terrible, but I know it is. It's the exact same feeling with rejection. First you get angry, then you hit acceptance. Once you know something is poorly designed, the last step is to understand why.

Adobe, Michael Bebenita, and Steve Jobs all patiently worked on me to build my design sense. It's finally here, I understand. It's taste. I'm dipping into typography because I finally understand how a font changes everything. Thanks to Apple, now we as engineers know that design matters and is actually worth selling. If you're on the road where you want to learn design, it's going to take a long time. It took me five years. Five years. At least if you know you want design sense, just find things that you think are gorgeous. Once you get it, it'll consume you and you'll see beauty in everything. And how beautiful it is.