Jim Harris
Developer, author and musician

I am a developer, author and musician; finding inspiration across these three disciplines.

The Soft Animal

In ‘Wild Geese’ the American poet Mary Oliver wrote: "You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves." I’ve always loved using technology to make things. Music, writing and code have been lifelong passions. I’m grouping these three interests into a single portfolio to reflect what they have in common. They each demand creativity and a commitment to continuous learning. It’s these two qualities that I apply to all my projects.

“I decided to take a calligraphy class. It was beautiful. Artistically subtle. 10 years later we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that course the Mac would never have multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. It's likely that no personal computer would have them.

Steve Jobs on finding inspiration across multiple disciplines.