Perl and Structural Design

Design is such a fundamental component in technology, the arts, in practically every facet of life, that we hardly notice how influential its elements actually are. Web design works on a subconscious level that makes the user linger on a webpage – good design leads to clarity. This does not just refer to the aesthetic elements, as in traditional graphic design, but also the site planning, messaging, and usability. The programming language Perl (Practical Extraction and Report Language), originally an open source program, is known for it’s flexible syntax and power. Although the code itself is often referred to as “ugly”, the language itself is a fusion of of form and content, so it can maintain an efficient design while being expressive. Perl relies heavily on “choice of spatial arrangement and the syntactic understanding of the language itself”. Programming in a  general sense is a dynamic interaction between control and expression – balancing these to is key to powerful and effective coding. 

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Coffee shop design functions in a similar manner. There is an extraordinary calmness present at La Colombe Noho – even during it’s busiest morning rushes. It’s aesthetic and especially functional design contribute to a natural flow that keeps its ecosystem running smoothly at all hours of the day. From it’s graceful floor-to-ceiling windows down to it’s custom monochrome Raffaellesco-patterned ceramic cups, La Colombe produces a rare, translucent and soothing experience for its guests. It’s service flow elegantly wraps around the centralized bar so that customers are engaged from the end of that 15-person line all the way to the “condiment bar”. There is a magnetic attention to detail that accommodates a variety of social interactions. The beautiful space and functional service flow makes La Colombe Noho one of the most successful cafes in New York City.

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~ by oliviachernoff on March 11, 2014.

One Response to “Perl and Structural Design”

  1. I believe this to be the best blog post of the semester. From an aesthetic standpoint I like how you included excellent photos that you took of your ecology project. And from a structural standpoint I like how you relate Perl to interior design and the design of coffee shops. I never thought that the design of programming languages and the design of interior spaces could be related, but through reading your post it is very obvious that when it comes down to it they are both design principles and that the form should follow the function. Great job!

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