Web of Ideas with Paul Graham

November 9th, 2006

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Berkman Fellow David Weinberger interviews Paul Graham, software guru, entrepreneur, essayist and painter.

In a recent essay, “Taste for Makers,” Paul argues that successful design, from math to software to painting, relies on the same aesthetic principles. Taste is therefore not a matter of subjectively appreciating fine works but is a required capability for creating great software. But is taste as timeless as Paul suggests? Do the design principles Paul points to result from aesthetic or functional characteristics? And why should we think that the visual and the programmatic, the artistic and the functional, the physical and the virtual might all be beautiful in similar ways?

Produced by Indigo Tabor and Colin Rhinesmith.

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  • 1. Jeffrey Hoffman Yip  |  November 11th, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    I asked Paul Graham some questions about funding young artists with Venture Capital (which you can listen to in the last 30 minutes of the recording). I’ve written about my thoughts from my discussion with Paul Graham here: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/jeffyip/

  • 2. Breaking News ! » V&hellip  |  November 14th, 2006 at 1:51 am

    […] Thanks to Indigo and Colin Rhinesmith, a 46-minute video of my interview of Paul Graham is now available. It starts after the overflow crowd (Paul is a rock star) had introduced itself. […]

  • 3. Media On the GO ! »&hellip  |  November 14th, 2006 at 8:47 am

    […] Thanks to Indigo and Colin Rhinesmith, a 46-minute video of my interview of Paul Graham is now available. It starts after the overflow crowd (Paul is a rock star) had introduced itself. […]

  • 4. Money Matter ! » Vi&hellip  |  November 14th, 2006 at 9:12 am

    […] Thanks to Indigo and Colin Rhinesmith, a 46-minute video of my interview of Paul Graham is now available. It starts after the overflow crowd (Paul is a rock star) had introduced itself. […]

  • 5. Media On the GO ! »&hellip  |  December 17th, 2006 at 1:19 pm

    […] I’m proud to say that he was stimulated to do this in small part by my interview of him (video) at the Berkman Center. I’d like to think I annoyed him just enough to push him over the edge to write the new essay […]

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