Hackers and Painters

20 July 2010
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“Paul Graham”:"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Graham_(computer_programmer received his Ph.D. in computer science from Harvard and studied painting at RISD and in Florence. Best known as a programmer and venture capitalist in the US. (Among other things he invented Bayesian spam filters.) His 2004 book, Hackers and Painters, concerns itself with makers who must not only decide what to make, but how to make it. Both artist and engineer. It’s great conversational fodder for anyone running their own small graphic design studio, but particularly so for designers dabbling in the digital. While I disagree with some of Paul’s conclusions his efforts to demystify are admirable. And the chapter on being a nerd in high school brings a bit of comfort.

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