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Maggie Appleton

Designer, anthropologist, and mediocre developer

I sit at the intersection of design, anthropology, and technology. These three are at the core of everything I make. Combining them into a coherent career is a weird and ongoing challenge.

My work at egghead involves designing visual metaphors for invisible, complicated software concepts.

On the side I'm always working on illustrated essays that explore the cultural side of digital technology.

In my digital garden of notes you'll find a good amount of linguistics, cognitive metaphors, cultural speculation, and tool nerding.

Podcast Chats

Embodiment Through Metaphors

Maintainers Anonymous
May 13 2020

Open Source as a Gift Economy

Maintainers Anonymous
March 5 2020

The Power of Mental Model‪s

React Podcast
March 3, 2020

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