What Rocketeers Are Reading: Design For Hackers Recap

Rocketeers shelved Design For Hackers: Reverse Engineering Beauty by David Kadavy, the most recent read for our Rocketeer Book Club. The book taught color, typography, proportions and design principles, while offering actionable advice to developers.

Andrew Hulsizer, an iOS developer and leader of book club discussions, said the book will directly impact his work at Bottle Rocket.

“The book helped me understand the language that designers use,” Andrew said. “By learning their keywords, we can convert ours to theirs and get on the same page early on, improving the entire project.”

Mark Jones, an iOS developer and book club member, said these seem like subtle things, but they are important.

The book club invited fellow Rocketeer and art director, Connor Hill, to a meeting to discuss these principles between developers and a designer.

Connor was able to provide valuable perspective on design and how designers think. The group also discussed specific issues that developers at Bottle Rocket face, using apps we’ve worked on as examples.

While we do not expect our developers to start designing apps any time soon, the developers feel like these discussions are critical to communication and project success.

“Designers are learning how to program and we need to do our part to be on the same page,” Andrew said.

Rocketeers started the book club for continued education, meeting weekly during lunch. Prior reads include Learning OpenGL ES for iOS: A Hands-On Guide to Modern 3D Graphics Programming by Erik M. Buck and Pro Objective-C Design Patterns for iOS by Carlo Chung.