On Patterns

Clay Shirky via Nat Torkington: “We are literally encoding the principles of freedom of speech and freedom of expression in our tools.” I hope he’s right. It sometimes feels like we should be, but aren’t. Clay’s pattern library is interesting, too, following closely on the heels of the Yahoo Design Pattern Library. The interesting difference […]

Clay Shirky via Nat Torkington:

“We are literally encoding the principles of freedom of speech and freedom of expression in our tools.”

I hope he’s right. It sometimes feels like we should be, but aren’t.

Clay’s pattern library is interesting, too, following closely on the heels of the Yahoo Design Pattern Library.

The interesting difference between the pattern libraries is that Yahoo’s is a library of interface elements, while Clay and Co’s is made up of social elements modeled in an interface. Both really great tools for discussion/inspection.

Published: March 10th, 2006

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