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Maggie Appleton

Helps explain technology, anthropology, and programming through illustration.

Art Director, Metaphor Designer & Anthropological All-Rounder at

The Digital Garden

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

Transclusion and Transcopyright Dreams

The Eponymous Laws of Programming

Are Data Unions the Future of Data?

Organic, Local, Artisan Data Storage


A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden

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.
Read More Essays

Illustration Projects

See More Illustrations

Library Notes

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

Browse the Library

The Timeless Way of Building

Radical Markets

Gods of the Upper Air

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