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tl;dr — Use a 3d CAD tool like Rhinoceros.
Most vector-based 'drawing' applications like illustrator or sketch are ill-suited for creating 'mathy' curvatures, since most illustrators don't care too much about ultra-precise blending in their linework.
Tools like Rhinoceros has been designed to take precise linework and use it for the creation of surfaces or extrusions that blend seamlessly. Think a car that reflects light w/o any breaks.
This page explains line/surface continuity very well: http://docs.mcneel.com/rhino/5/help/en-us/popup_moreinformation/continuity_descriptions.htm
Really entertaining book, fantastically typeset.
Not necessarily "about" design or designing per se, but the entire premise of the book is about asking those basic fundamental questions one should be asking in any creative field.
One of the more heavily bookmarked books in my collection :>
As a designer who's contributed their 2¢ to this first pass-around of this IBM Design Language, I can assure you that the company is most certainly not design led at the moment — we're talking about a company that's approximately 400,000 people! The initiative that is IBM Design has been established to very directly take the legacy of IBM, which has been steeped in design leadership (Rand, Eames, Noyes, et al), and rekindle that x 100.
The 'recent' initiatives that culminated in this new wave of design-led product development at IBM are probably better described as a quick-moving skunkworks–operation at this point. The specific team that built this is relatively small to IBM standards, and it's fully-understood that like any language, dialect, or code-speak, this documentation is a living organism that is rapidly evolving and subject to interpretation.
That all being said, like any great and difficult design challenge, what's been released today will evolve and be iterated upon as the designers/developers here better understand what exactly it means to design at the massive scale IBM is pushing.
NVAlt is pretty great. It's a slightly better fork (imo) of Notational Velocity.
It can sync with Simplenote, if you want to edit notes on a phone, but within preferences, you can choose to output notes as plaintext and just keep em in a dropbox folder.
Plan on visiting Austin sometime!
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this hits way too close to home
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