πŸ‡πŸŒ€ 002 β€” Scale vs Sprawl


Another quick note from my urban planning as metaphor rabbit hole.

Urban sprawl β€” mainly refers to unrestricted growth with little concern for urban planning. In addition to describing a particular form of urbanization, the term also relates to the social and environmental consequences associated with this development. In Urban Planning, specific groups have been formed to oppose sprawl and endorse healthier β€œsmart growth” practices. πŸ‘€

Robert Crumb β€” A short history of America

Robert Crumb β€” A short history of America

It’s easy make the connection between sprawl and the unchecked growth of web platforms.  Sprawl is driven largely by choices that promote their own economic and personal interests, and negatively affects the environment, health, and safety of its’ residents users.

How could this re-framing help us talk about the platforms and systems we create? What groups might we form to oppose and reframe these systems’ unchecked growth? How could we define digital sprawl vs smart growth practices?

This past week the Vox Product team held a remote conference focusing on Accessibility and Inclusion. We called it A Day of Learning β€” it was fantastic and I’m so grateful to work on a team that prioritizes work with this focus and our time to learn. I have So. Many. Notes. from many fantastic speakers β€” more on this soon.

A group of us have also committed to read a section of the WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) and to share a TIL with each other every day starting on Monday 4/29 and ending on May 16, Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Looking forward it.

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In response to the last post, Tom sent me this wonderful article, The city is my homescreen.

We took an impromptu Easter Weekend trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes. Often ranked as one of the top beaches in the world, it’s one of 3 US National Lakeshores (2 of which are in Michigan).

Currently reading:
Dark Matter & Trojan Horses, a strategic design vocabulary

Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer

Jared Fanning