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David Kadavy - "Design for Hackers"

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Design for Hackers
presented by David Kadavy

Get a sneak preview of content from David Kadavy's still-in-process book, "Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty." [] David will explain why the MailChimp logo is beautiful, how you can mentally navigate the hexadecimal color space, and tell you about all the fonts you'll ever need.

David is the author of "Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty," which is due out with John Wiley & Sons in September 2011. He also blogs about design and entrepreneurship at, and tweets on @kadavy.

Previous to being an author, David studied the origins of typography in Rome, and designed for Silicon Valley startups such as oDesk, PBworks, and UserVoice.


15 minute site or code critique

Head over to Dylan's for continued conversation and drinks

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Useful overview for developers to understand the design side of projects.

    May 27, 2011

  • Anthony Z.

    Great talk with a ton of valuable take-aways.

    May 26, 2011

  • Marcy M.

    Really great presentation.
    I'm a designer from a print background so I was already very familiar with concepts he discussed, but I wasn't the least bit bored. He presented the familiar ideas from a different perspective. For example, I never categorized type as "Humanist", "Geometric", etc. before.
    This little conceptual nugget has really shed light on what has been unconscious decisions when pairing type.
    Plus the little tid bits of type history were interesting. ( i <3 type! )

    May 26, 2011

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