An ongoing stream of what the Autogram team is writing, reading, and discussing.

My Dream of the Great Unbundling

Design System Insights: Tokens

The Decisions COVIDTracking Made
Reinforcing Loops can change the world

Component Gallery

The Pentagon’s 20-Page Report on Its Own Meme
A New Article Page Design at ProPublica

Excel Never Dies

Karen, Ethan and Jeff consider the quality of well-structuredness.

The goal of structured content isn’t more structure; it’s to put handles on bits of information that live inside of other content so software can do useful stuff with that information on demand.

What do we call the quality that makes it easier for software to do that? Parsability touches on how easily data can be teased out by algorithms, but isn’t quite right. Accessibility feels close, but collides with the broader concept of web accessibility. Availability might work, but it’s important to focus on goals and audience rather than technical criteria. “Who is the data accessible to, and for what purpose?” is a better question to ask than “How accessible is it?”

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Avoid Mono-Process (But Embrace Shared Language)

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