Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Continuations, commission art by Amy Crook, all rights reserved

Continuations, commission art by Amy Crook

Sometimes the love of cephalopods really brings people together! Zack was looking for a squid to use in a client-side interface, and ended up becoming a patron to boot. These little guys are anthropomorphic representations of programming concepts I won’t try to explain – he says it much better than me what they’re useful for:

When working on a problem, sometimes you stumble onto a solution that you don’t quite have the words or theory to adequately describe.

I asked Amy to help me document four primitives that I found useful in composing small units of code across time and space.

And now the primitives live on my desk in a framed illustration and I don’t have to worry about forgetting them or which notebook they were documented in.

Curiously, I like looking at her illustrations, whereas, as a harsh self-critic, I don’t enjoy reading my own technical work.

I liked the outcome so much that I immediately engaged her to draw up my next design, at a much earlier stage in the process.

I would definitely recommend Amy to anyone involved in creative technical work, and I hope others would be open to the incorporation of art into technology.

Symbolic abstraction doesn’t have to be limited to the greek alphabet.

-Zack Galler, Mathlords

Continuations, 7″x5″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper.

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