Weeknotes 7 - It’s all about the competence
- This week I started re-watching all the Bourne films in order. Pamela Landy, CIA Department Director from the franchise is impressively good at her job. In Bourne Ultimatum there’s a scene where she takes command of the control room and very quickly establishes an impossibly high bar for competence, met only by Jason Bourne himself. I would watch a whole TV series dedicated to Landy at work. She’s really good.
- One of my favourite aspects of the whole series is that Bourne is not superhuman, and doesn’t have any impressive tech. He is just more competent than people he has to deal with. He is able to think ahead very fast, always staying cool in a crisis and finding novel ways to neutralise opponents using commonly found, inexpensive objects (pens, magazines, towels).
- In the Bourne films nobody ever says out loud what they’re thinking or doing, making the audience (i.e. me) feel smart when they figure it all out. It’s really satisfying.
- Can’t remember what reminded me of this great picture of Susan Kare, who designed the smiling Mac icon, but I thought you deserve to see it. Iconic in so many ways.
- I enjoyed this write up detailing all the design decisions made in the process of speculatively redesigning the GitHub repository page. It’s clear what choices the author made, why, and what it let them do next. I might not agree with some of the trade-offs, but I was impressed with the clarity of thought. Have you seen any other examples where designers working with digital media talk through their thought process so clearly? I would love to see more!