Science and Technology: Fueled by Their Own Internal Logic?

Brain Pickings published an omnibus of definitions concerning science. It was followed by an addition from Neil deGrasse Tyson. According to him, science is ingrained in our DNA because experimentation is the way little children inquire about the world.

His statement about originality is perhaps the most interesting:

If I discover a scientific idea, surely someone else would’ve discovered the same idea had I not done so.

It points to an internal logic of science. Discoveries rest less on the individuals designing the experiments but on some form of internal logic. This observation by Neil deGrasse Tyson is akin to ideas Kevin Kelly develops in What technology wants and in his TED Talk about the Techmium, a near living organism formed by our technological systems. If science and technology aren’t driven by individual contributions, are they driven by social and economic forces? or biology? a combination of all? or something else entirely?

Should We Forego System Fonts In Web Typography?

Type has come to the forefront again with Jeffrey Zeldman’s blog redesign and the launch of iA’s redesigned website. Faced with huge reactions from the community after his redesign, Jeffrey Zeldman published his Web Design Manifesto 2012 in which he states the importance of large body type and good reading experiences.

Anthony Wing Kosner authored Large Type: One Web Designer Puts Content First in a Big Way on Forbes.com. In his article, he synthesizes Zeldman’s manifesto and puts it in context. Large body type is a trend in web designer’s personal sites. Focusing on the reading experience and doing away with clutter is the way of the future.

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While similar design principles govern the layouts of both sites, the technical implementations differ quite a lot. Zeldman uses Georgia for his body copy and Franklin, a web font, for the titles. iA’s redesign uses a different approach. On mobile devices and OSX, body copy is set in a custom web font which adapts to the size and pixel density of screens using media queries. Once their web font is optimized, they might use the custom font on PCs too. Hence, as Oliver Reichenstein explains it in his Responsive Typography article, they might say “Goodbye Georgia” in the near future.

Except that we can’t all design our own fonts, it is still unclear (to me) what the pros and cons of each approaches are. What would you do if you started a redesign tomorrow? Add your opinion to my question on Quora, please.