Facebook’s Ben Barry on hacking, learning to code, and thinking on his bike

As news of everyone’s favorite social network going public ripples across the world, SND took a few minutes to trade questions with Facebook designer Ben Barry to talk Facebook, design, user experience … and coding.

A sample: “You need to know the technical constraints of the medium to know what’s possible and you need to know how to work with an engineer to execute your vision.”

This is part of a series of interviews in SND’s Year-Long Conversation

Mandy Brown talks design, news and, ahem, reading

Is the web a good place to read? We spend more time than ever digesting digital text from sites and feeds, but is it a good reading experience? Especially for those who spend clicks on news sites, it seems there is much stacked against the simple, and central, act of reading.

Today we talk with one of the web’s best, Mandy Brown, about readability, and design. Mandy’s passion for reading is what fuels her design. Read her work on A List Apart, A Working Library. Our interview is on the jump.

This is our second dispatch in SND’s Year-Long Conversation. Find last week’s post here.

Eye-trap: What happens when you trace over the reading wells on popular news sites? Check the results of our eye-trap readability study.

Join the discussion: We’ll host an ongoing discussion of readability on the web on Twitter with the hashtag #readme. More on that discussion here.