Software

The space between notes

I do ideas. I’m surrounded by people with ideas, and I have the odd one myself, and I’m well-practised at turning them into profit, of both the material and societal varieties. I know people who, when shown a sketch system design, slew out thought after thought, feature after feature, improvements on improvements. But. Software is an art. Building systems around that software is too. And great art is rarely about how much stuff you can chuck on the page, in the ears or on the plate.¬† Great art has restraint: it’s about knowing all the things that you *could* do, you *could* add, but chosing the ones that make the whole valuable to the user, the listener, the viewer, in their own context. Great music has coherence, has spaces between the notes that make you understand how those notes flow together, those moments where you pause and wait for the…