Programming Languages ABC ++

About The Book

Published in 2015 Programming Languages ABC++ is an alphabet book all about coding that’s fun for both toddlers and their grown up counterparts. It’s not about teaching a baby to make a program, that’s silly. It’s about creating a way for software developers to connect with the kids in their life. Share a little about what they do, in a context that the kids will actually enjoy.

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Creating Programming Languages ABC++

The First step was coming up with the concepts. We needed a programming language, an illustration, and some facts about the language for each letter of the alphabet.

thumbnails of illustration concepts

We went through many iterations of the bug, inspired by Grace Hopper's story of the moth trapped in the relay of a Mark II computer, before coming up on the final design.

Each time refining the design a little bit further.

rough bug concept refined bug concept

We did the same for each page illustration concept, iterating over concepts and designs until we found something that worked and would resonate with both children and adults alike. Each illustration contains a nod to the tech industry.

We also experimented with illustration styles.

rough sketch for letter E page color illustration concept for the letter e

Once concepts, text, code, and illustrations were nailed down we designed the page layouts.

final page for the letter e

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