Tangential comments about Software Development

Monday, March 08, 2010

Flashy or Anonymous

"The students should be trained to work in teams - also with students of related techniques - in order to learn methods of collaboration with others. [...] The nature of teamwork will lead the students to good 'anonymous' architecture rather than to flashy 'stunt' design."

Walter Gropius, The Search for a Better Architectural Education, 7th CIAM Congress, 1949

I know what he means about flashy 'stunt' design in programming. Interesting that the alternative is 'anonymous'. If it's good, maybe that's what you see. Perfect code, without the maker's hand visible.