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Fri March 20 2020, 12:00 // Posted by corvum

CORVUM Hero Spotlight + Staff Feature: Edmund & Da Vinci

Edmund Yao is our current Web Developer intern. Exploring the possibilities and innovation of technology makes him one happy guy. In his words: “I like to create aesthetic user interfaces that feel responsive and intuitive. I really enjoy the struggle of getting every pixel to line up.”

Above all, Edmund cares about creating lasting relationships and wearing his glasses upside down on occasion – ‘cause why not?! His pick for this edition of Corvum’s hero spotlight is the original Jack of All Trades (and master of many), the ultimate Renaissance man from the Renaissance, it’s….Leonardo da Vinci! Insert: uproarious applause. Makes total sense since Edmund is all about that place where science and art meet up!

An article on Biography writes: “… da Vinci managed to be so many things in one lifetime – painter, engineer, architect and scientist…With his intensive studies of nature and anatomy, da Vinci used science as a way to revolutionize his art.” Leo is also said to have left behind at least 6,000 pages of sketches and writings which were collected in codexes. The Codex Leicester was purchased by Bill Gates in 1994 for $31 million. Guess he’s a fan of da Vinci as well 😉 An article on Mental Floss informs: his writings “reveal a curious habit… He wrote in mirror script, reversing his handwriting so it would only be readable if the page was held up to a mirror.” Some say it was because he was left-handed and did it to avoid smudging the ink, while others guess it was to avoid having his ideas stolen. Perhaps one of the original fans of data security!

Hey lawyers! We learned a fun fact! Leonardo was apparently the love child of a lawyer named Ser Piero. Talk about epic lawyer progeny. Everyone has heard of the Mona Lisa right? Familiar with the helicopter? Well da Vinci is that artist, and his exploratory sketches were the precursor to the aforementioned flying machine still in regular use today. Oh and he is also the one behind one of the most recognizable drawings ever. Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man: “fits the proportions of the human body into the geometry of both a circle and a square” details Open Culture.