Author - Design for Hackers
David Kadavy is author of the book Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty, in which he breaks down the fundamentals of good design. He used his home-grown blogging tactics to secure a book deal, and to generate enough book sales to debut in the top 20 on all of Amazon. He also mentors startups for the 500 Startups incubator in Silicon Valley, and blogs about design and entrepreneurship at kadavy.net.
David focuses on explaining the principles of design by using examples from Impressionist painting, Ancient Roman architecture, and Renaissance sculpture – while relating those principles to emerging technologies. Where other design advice may seek to give you a list of rules to follow, David's advice aims to change the way you see good design so you can learn through observation.
Previously, David worked as a freelance User Interface designer for Silicon Valley companies such as oDesk, PBworks, and UserVoice. He has launched numerous web services such as Through a Friend, Nom.ms, and 4sli.de.
Since David grew up in "the middle of nowhere" (Nebraska), he holds a special place in his heart for startup scenes in emerging markets.