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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Self-Directed Summer Program in Design

That sounds pretty sexy — I think that’s how I’ll describe what I’m doing this summer. Ok, I’m really just going to catch up on a bunch of reading, do some writing, practice drawing, and set up some metalworking equipment so I can make some things. But with a sexy title like that, my summer plans sound much better.

I took a couple of weeks to decompress for school but I need to get back into the study groove. I have a lot of real work (the stuff that pays) to do, but I’m going to try and stick to a self-study schedule for design, security and Japanese in my free time.

My books on the “In” pile so far fall into two piles, design and security.

In the design pile:

  • Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
  • Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
  • What Things Do — I haven’t read much design theory, so I might spread this out over several weeks so that it can soak in
  • The Complete Japanese Joinery
  • Industrial Strength Design ("What do you mean it’s not about EBM and stompy boots?")
  • Universal Principles of Design

The stack of security books is big enough that I might end up skimming many of them:

  • Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization
  • Physical Device Security
  • Reversing
  • Building Secure Software
  • Silence on the Wire
  • Security Warrior (could they have come up with more leet title?)

I’m also considering re-reading some of the classics that I read in school the first time around: Alexander’s design books, Foucault’s History of Science, that sort of thing. It’ll be interesting to see how much my worldly experience changes what I get out of the canon.

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posted by jet at 11:40  

1 Comment »

  1. I keep wanting to read Alexander’s book for obvious reasons too.

    Comment by Howard Berkey — 2007/06/12 @ 23:16

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