Sea of hands from  Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Thailand
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A call to action

We are in the midst of a cancel culture. I think everyone — right, left, and center — would be…


Every day we are reminded that nothing is more important than money

When we don’t have it, we can’t survive. As cash flow dwindles, we set aside those things that support our health and survival (food, warmth, shelter), and in doing so our sense of safety is chipped away. …


Diagram of circles implying overlap of UX Design, Branding, and Visual Design and that they feed into a Design System.
Diagram by author, 2021

First, a note on why there is some confusion

I think people love the phrase “design system”. It holds within it a tacit nod to the complexity, investment, and effort involved in…


Colossal head of a youth, the remnant of a Greek statue on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Photo by Levi Meir Clancy on Unsplash

The context

Recently, a family whose orbit I am a part of has had a trauma.


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Contextual example

Victorian England was…


Snapshot of a design problem not covered by an NDA

crop of abstract painting, ©Angela Madsen 2018

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crop of abstract painting, ©Angela Madsen 2019


angela madsen

eternal work in progress. wrangler of data and empathy, understander of process, seeker of giggles.

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