Macworld Pulse: John Gruber
Posted 26 January 2009 - 02:39 PM
Posted 26 January 2009 - 04:13 PM
Gruber knows how to write, so why didn't he write his presentation ahead of time? It sounds like he's just randomly rambling.
Posted 27 January 2009 - 06:19 AM
Having read DF from time to time, I was looking forward to this video presentation with him but turned away after a few minutes.
Poorly prepared and presented, imho.
Posted 27 January 2009 - 07:55 AM
At least he stopped going on and on about Twitter. Guess too many people are using it now, and it's not as 1337 as it used to be.
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Posted 27 January 2009 - 09:04 AM
So obviously, I think John Gruber's is right to talk about this subject, because in my (admittedly froggy) view, it is indeed what makes the difference, and it is something in my experience Americans don’t think about much if at all...
Posted 27 January 2009 - 09:33 AM
Gruber has the potential to give a compelling talk but he'll need to work on putting his speech onto the same rails that make his writing so readable.
Posted 27 January 2009 - 10:19 AM
The presentation is fine, no better or worse than most. The question: Why do projects backed by loads of talent so often result in a product that is less than the sum of its parts? The insight, concerning the symbiotic relationship between talent and taste (in the best cases), is classic Gruber: smart, pithy, and thought-provoking.
As he puts it: "The quality of any collaborative creative endeavor tends to approach the level of taste of whoever is in charge." Or, to use his metaphor of film, the fate of a project rests on the shoulders of the person with "final cut." A highly developed, even dominating aesthetic (think Hitchcock) is key. Put simply: Taste matters.
Daring Fireball exemplifies the rarified taste of which he speaks.
Posted 27 January 2009 - 01:00 PM
btw, I don't know how anyone could be at peak performance at the end of a tradeshow week, so I'm sure that factors in.