March 08, 2008
I am my father's son
My father was an architect. I didn't want to follow him into the business. I saw how the years of pain and stress slowly led him to his early death. He spent a lot of time designing with pre-cast concrete ugliness. And, honestly, I just didn't want to be my dad; we argued for years and never understood each other. I left architecture to my middle brother to pick up and carry (something he's done very well).
The other day, though, I realized that in my years of running from architecture, I somehow ran right into it. Only, I'm not designing buildings; I architect websites.
The other day I was having a discussion about some part of the website I'd been working on, and I was arguing that users had an expectation for how that section of the site should function and we need to make sure that it's intuitive in its form. The person I was talking to said, "Yeah, like in architecture. Form and function something...."
"Form follows function," I said, quoting Sullivan and FL Wright by heart.
My days are spent as much on design as they are on development, but most everything comes down to high-level discussions about what's required and how it should be put together. And those are the skills of an architect. In a sense, I am my father's son. We just designed completely different things.
And to really nail it home, I ordered an information architecture book from Amazon this week. Heh.
March 01, 2008
Last night at her cheese unveiling party, Carolyn complained that I didn't blog to this site enough.
"But all I'd ever post about is Annabel, and people who aren't family don't want to read about my kid."
So. I offer you the following conversation with Ms. AB, aged 3, re: Leap Day.
ME: Tomorrow is Leap Day.
AB: Leap Day?
ME: What do you do on Leap Day?
AB: HOP! LIKE A BUNNY!
AB: And you wear BUNNY RABBIT EARS on your head!
PS: If I say I don't know anything about movies and will suck at your party game, I'm just being kind and don't want to crush you in an embarrassing fashion in front of the other guests.