Design is the ultimate expression of strategy. Or policy for that matter. It puts into play a specific game plan or intent, and makes things happen in real terms, whether through a compelling product (service) that fulfills customer needs, or the infrastructure and operations that implement, for example, a piece of legislation towards the public good.

Design is also a language, and that language is usually in the form of a code that communicates who does what and when for what effect, in precise and concise terms. Whether the design is expressed in the form of an AutoCAD drawing, HTML code for a web page or mobile app, molecular models for a drug, a Senate bill, or a sheet of music. 

There has been fascinating work done by the likes of Casey Reas, John Maeda, Nick Montfort and others about the relationship between design and code. In the 1980s, the firm frog design created the original Snow White design language to bring to life Steve Job's vision for the Macintosh. 

Today, coding is hip and law-abiding citizens are hackers. This group is meant to attract curious minds who'd like to further explore the idea of design as code, and preferably across disciplines that otherwise don't freely mix as they do at Code for America, USPTO, or Apple.  

At each Meetup can invite someone from a different discipline to show us an example of great design and help us "see" the code beneath. Exponent. One that expounds or interprets. Who helps discover interesting patterns and draw parallels between the seemingly unrelated, beyond the obvious and superficial.  

We could break new ground, or at least break some bread while giving others that idea or inspiration they so badly needed. The Internet was really born in a paper Paul Baran wrote in 1962 at the RAND corporation.  

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