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Maggie Appleton

Creates visual explanations about design, anthropology, and programming.

Designer, illustrator, anthropologist, & mediocre developer at

The Digital Garden

A consistently tended collection of half-baked notes, research, and sketches.

Visual, Learnable Programming Patterns

The Pattern Language of Project Xanadu

Digital Gardening for Non-Technical Folks

The Echo & Narcissus Writing Club

A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden

What App is That?

Visit the Garden

Illustrated Essays

How to Draw Invisible Programming Concepts - Part One

Meat Planet: The Illustrated Notes

Building a Second Brain: The Illustrated Notes

Illustrated notes on the Building A Second Brain system by Tiago Forte

A Shelfish Starter Guide to Databases

The absolute minimum you need to know about data storage.
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Illustration Projects

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Library Notes

A past and present reading collection. Complete with very loose and opinionated notes.

Browse the Library

If Then

Jill Lepore
Jun 17, 2021

Sand Talk

Tyson Yunkaporta
Mar 28, 2021


James Suzman
Mar 25, 2021

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