In 10 words or less, what is software design to you?
3 Jul 2009 - 10:08pm
4 years ago
At the end of a recent interview, the candidate asked me “What is software
design to you?” I can probably come up with a thousand different answers
but the one that popped into my mind immediately that day was “*software
design is making the ordinary extraordinary*.”
Okay, so maybe it won’t get me a mention in Businessweek, but what I was
trying to capture and communicate was that software design in particular is
largely about taking unglamorous tools and making them functionally robust
and efficient, rewarding to use, and aesthetically pleasing. We aren’t
artists, but we are creatives. We aren’t rocket scientists, but we’re smart
and talented. And every day we have to use our creativity, smarts and talent
to design the best tools for people to use.
*So I’m interested… in 10 words or less, what is software design to you?*
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