Jamie Monberg, Designing Technology

Jamie Monberg, one of my best friends from university, has a guest column at Media Inc.

Technology has crossed a critical threshold. Just as you don’t need to know HTML to create a website, you no longer need assembly code or binary math to approach tech development. The pieces are out there; we just need to put them together. Instead of viewing technology as something to design around, we should design with it, engaging technology not as a mechanic uses tools, but as an artist uses paint.

Designing Technology [media-inc.com]

4 comments on “Jamie Monberg, Designing Technology
  1. Christian Gates says:

    You went to a college, Mr. Kanai, not a university. I’m disappointed in your lack of school pride, although after your repeated vandalism and nihilistic countercultural tendencies exhibited on so many occasions while in school, I suppose that I shouldn’t be surprised.

  2. Gen Kanai says:

    Gates- true, all true. However, I’ve found, living outside of the US, that to say “college” can sometimes be ambiguous (could be a 2-year degree place), whereas “university” is clearly a 4-year degree place.

  3. Jon says:

    I’ve never quite figured out why it isn’t a university? It’s not like they only give undergrad degress at this point.

  4. Christian Gates says:

    It’s really just the name, Dartmouth College, as opposed to say Harvard University. Also, the undergraduate component dwarfs the graduate component of the school and remains its primary focus. I also think that it’s useful as a reminder that from an educational point of view, the institution is focused on undergrad. teaching rather than research, which is the hallmark of a traditional university setting. FSU, for example, has an outstanding graduate physics program, but sucks at the undergrad. level. So that’s the distinction.
    University has a very Euro flavor to it, as well, which I find pretentious and unnecessary, unless you happen to be European, which, Mr. Kanai, you are not.